hey everybody thought i would write a little post about my first prospecting trip, me and a mate were traveling back from QLD towards VIC and we stopped at Grabben Gullen Ck. a little bit out of the way, but we spent 3 days camping by the creek in the middle of nowhere. having never done any prospecting before had no idea what we were doing, and pretty much rocked up with a few pans and a kitchen strainer. (ok laugh it up.. it is pretty funny.) thank Jebus that there were other people down by the creek that gave us some valuable advice and also lent us some gear. on our second day we drove back to goulburn to see if we could scrounge us up some sieves so we didn't have to borrow other folks gear. looked around a few shops, disposals had 2 new metal sieves for $80.. different sizes so big rocks in the top one and smaller in the bottom. that seemed ok. it was what everyone else was using with success. but we also checked out a second hand shop to see if they had anything.. we ended up finding this big old wooden sieve that belonged to a woman who lived around the area a long time ago. the woman who they got it from died at the age of 87, and the sieve belonged to her mother. and has a local family name "DUFFY" painted in black on the side.. probably not going to be as easy to use or as successful, but we decided to buy it regardless. and called it "big duffy" can't resist old stuff..(goulburn seems to have quite a few really good antiquing shops. we found a few little blue and green sapphires, nothing very impressive, the biggest we got is about 2ct. bit of a bomb. but never the less, i was quite happy sitting by the river digging holes. my friend and i, both being 27 years old found our selves quite a bit younger than the other folks down there, everyone was nice thou. we did get some funny looks when we pulled up with a surfboard on the roof though. lol as far as the trip goes. well worth the detour for a few days of washing rocks. i look forward to going out to other places and finding other stuff in the near future (if anyone wants to drop some hints in here about different places to sieve / pan for gold / shiny rocks... that would be appreciated. i'm a bit of a noob and need to be pointed in the right direction) thank you. shiny edit to change post name.