Eureka! Coast properties littered with abandoned gold mines – The Sunshine Coast Daily

IT’S OUR very own Eureka moment.

Department of Natural Resources and Mines mapping has revealed there is gold in Sunshine Coast hills, or at least, there could be.

Abandoned gold mines dot the region, with prospecting hot spots in the hinterland as well as one closer to the coastline.

There are abandoned gold mines aplenty in the region’s west, with sites near Imbil, off Mary Valley Rd, while a pocket of shafts can be found near Kenilworth and Kidaman Creek, off Maleny Rd.

GOLD IN THEM HILLS: The Sunshine Coast is dotted with abandoned gold mines. Department of Natural Resources

Closer to the coast, North Arm has a smattering of abandoned mines off Pathara Dr, near Hidden Valley Rd.

Sepp Schembera has owned land at North Arm since 1988 and operated Papillon Mining and Golden Surprise on the land which had been mined for gold back in the late 1920s and into the 1930s.

He said testing undertaken in 1995 found residue in tailings, enough to encourage him to begin further explorations, including underground.

He said up to 10g per tonne of gold and 1000g per tonne of silver were found in their testing.

11/12/03 125175a1Sepp Schembera, gold mine owner from Yandina in front of his machinery that crushes the rock.Photo: Nicholas Falconer / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicholas Falconer

“It’s a good project but it’s too close to town,” Mr Schembera said.

He said there had been 49 leases for gold mining on the property back in the 1930s, showing how rich a prospect it was.

It was mostly an amalgam of gold and silver at his North Arm property and Mr Schembera didn’t believe there were too many other significant gold resources on the Sunshine Coast.

He said his mine had been affected by the closure of Gympie Gold, but he believed there still was and would remain significant gold in the ground throughout the Gympie region.

20/12/01 DI104637Sepp Schembera looks over his Goldmine at Yandina. Sunshine Coast Daily