2019 in the metal detecting and prospecting scene has seen some crazy changes in the last 12 months and I don’t think 2020 will be any different.
The Gold price soared in 2019, to over $2,000 an ounce and it has remained over that mark ever since.
That jump has seen many people become interested in Prospecting and a Mini gold rush is on right now.
The Hobby of metal detecting and prospecting has exploded in 2019 and the interest just keeps rising.
Whether it’s Looking for coins at the beach or searching for gold nuggets in the bush, its all an excellent excuse to get off ones Butt, grab the family and herd them into the great outdoors.
That’s one reason that keeps me in the industry, seeing people and families come together over a nice coin or a tiny spec of gold. Our weird addiction to shiny things brings people together.
In 2019 I was lucky enough to travel to 4 states to go detecting. QLD thats where I live so it wasn’t that far, NSW, VIC and WA for a very brief visit at Reeds prospecting and a great day event they held at whitegum Farm.
The Highlights of the year for me came at regular Intervals in 2019 and I hope 2020 is just as much Fun.
The Single Biggest Event for me for the year:
The First Ever metal Detecting world championship was held at Kandanga near Gympie in Queensland.
Over 150 people showed up and we saw competition metal detecting at its most brutal.
The tokens looked shiny but rang up as Iron and many people struggled to find them. Avoiding iron is almost in our blood and to be actually looking for it drove some people nuts.
It was quite amusing…… LOL
Target ID challenges where held and of the many that took part in the 10 Target challenge the highest score by one person was 7 and then another person got 6, the rest got 5 or below with majority only getting 2 or 3 correct.
Searching for iron Targets and doing target id challenges was to show people that we maybe don’t know as much about our machines as we think we do and quite often a lack of finds has nothing to do with the machine.
It was a fantastic weekend and one that will be repeated in 2020.
https://metaldetectingworldchampionship.com for more details and to grab your tickets.
The following weekend was Laanecoorie Gold bash and that is one of the best Events in Australia to attend. This was my 4th year and as usual I had the best time catching with old mates and making a few new ones.
The campfire at the backhoe camp was as usual a complete riot and I loved hanging out and having a few whiskies with that lot. Its always an adventure.
Over $50,000 was raised and my head and beard where shaved, along with a few other volunteers. We raised over 2K by doing this and it was a proper laugh. I lost the hair at The World championship and the beard at Laanecoorie. It was quite a change.
A couple of weekends later I found myself with the CQdetectorists club at the Calliope showgrounds for an open day. This followed on from a successful open day in January in Rockhampton.
It was quite an amazing day for what was going to be a small event. Well over 100 people showed up to try metal detecting and gold panning for the first time. It was amazing to see.
Many left with that bug that us already in the hobby know so well and to see so many families show up was just great. It really showed how much interest is in the hobby and how much fun it can be digging stuff up.
The Next CQdetectorists event is the Queensland championships in June 2020. Look it up on facebook it will be a great event.
An event that Popped up last year is on again and I look forward to heading down for it. The Australian Prospectors Expo was a great success with a lot of brands, accessories and equipment being on show. Its on again in 2020 so look it up and put it on your calendar. I believe the lecture’s have been expanded and entry is very cheap.
I bush camped with the backhoe lads again for this event and the Backhoe himself got a taste of how full on a weekend can be on a busy stall. Luckily there where refreshments back at camp and we had one of the best steaks I have ever had at Mo’s in Bendigo. You have to go there, the tucker is amazing.
This is another reason, I remind myself, of why I do this for a living. Talking to prospectors and detectorists at events is a great experience and I learn so much! Never where the gold is though…. Sadly…. LOL
I highly recommend you take a look at some of the events that are on around the place. Even a lot of Facebook groups are now organising meet ups and get togethers. Its a great way to meet people in your area that have the same passion and it quite often leads to some exciting hunts.
2019 Saw the biggest change to my life since I started working in the hobby. The decision was made to open a shop and that shop just happens to be 1400KM from where i live in a complete other state.
They say if your gonna do it then do it properly.
So Its great to have the door up on the Aussie detectorist store in Carrington, Newcastle NSW. The range is growing slowly as new stock arrives from local and overseas suppliers.
One of the things that has happened with the entry of chain store into the metal detecting market is that education has dropped off the radar.
We are seeing people with quite high powered machines making huge messes around the place as they try and work out how to use the new detector.
A Huge part of starting a shop was to put the education back into metal detector sales and to create a place where you leave with at least some basic knowledge of what you have just invested in.
As the range expands, and in 2020 it will expand a lot, our business model is one of ongoing support and training with access to a community of like minded people.
I look forward to regular training days, weekends away and maybe even a few bigger trips upto Queensland or even over to the west.
Its great to have so many local detectorists popping into the new shop and saying G’day. It really does amaze me at how many people actually own machines.
So Look out in 2020 for the Aussie Detectorist, there are already a few roadtrips planned and I look forward to catching up with you on the road.
Wedderburn Token Hunt
Australian Prospectors EXPO In Bendigo
Karrara Nugget Hunt
Queensland Detecting championship
Metal Detecting World Championship
Laanecoorie Gold Bash
Are Just a few of the ones on The calendar in 2020 so far. There will be more.
A Huge thankyou to the many many people that have supported my small brand over the last 4 years. It has been a bumpy ride, especially in the old hiace van. But it is a ride I would go on again and again as hanging out with you bunch of weirdos has been some of the best times of my life.
A Merry Xmas From My Family to you and your Family and have a very happy new year, Can’t wait for 2020. See ya then.
Happy Hunting, it’s still out there……..
P.S Since I wrote the Bulk of this a week ago, a lot has changed for the Little Newcastle shop. I’ll tell you more as we go, But look out for a big announcement soon.