Where is the purest gold in the world found? This isolated country…

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Written By Monica

Ah, Australia.

The land of sandy beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. The land of Steve Irwin and kangaroos. The land where for some reason the locals abbreviate every word the same way: brekkie, mozzie, telly, pressie, chokkie, chewie, roadie, the list goes on.

If you can get past the fact that everything there wants to kill you, it’s also where you’ll find the purest gold and gold nuggets in the world.

Australia is known for producing high-grade gold nuggets, with an average purity of around 93-98%. Some gold nuggets from Australia have been found to have a gold purity of over 99%, which is incredibly pure compared to gold nuggets found in other parts of the world. Australian gold nuggets are highly sought after by gold prospectors and collectors, and can fetch a hefty price.


Well, the geology in Australia is just perfect for producing pure gold nuggets. It’s like a recipe for success: Take one part ancient geological activity, add a dash of heat and pressure, mix in a pinch of mineral rich soil, and voila! The purest gold nuggets in the world.

Victorian Gold Rush

The Victorian Gold Rush began in 1851 with the discovery of gold in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia and quickly spread to Victoria, where the biggest discoveries were made. The Victorian Gold Rush was centered around the towns of Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine, where large deposits of gold were found in the 1850s.

By 1854, Victoria alone was producing around 3.5 tons of gold per year, and by 1857, this had risen to around 11.5 tons per year. This accounted for around 60% of the world’s gold production at the time.

In total, it is estimated that during the gold rush period, between 1851 and 1861, around 600 tons of gold was discovered and mined in Australia.

The gold rush also led to the development of many new mining techniques and technologies and helped establish Australia as a major player in the global gold mining industry.

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Australian Gold Purity

When it comes to purity, many of the gold mines in Australia produce gold that is between 93% and 98% pure gold. This is higher than the average purity of gold found in many other countries, which is typically around 90%. This makes for some amazingly pure gold nuggets.

The quality of gold from Australia is so high because of its high-grade deposits. For example, the Fosterville mine in Victoria is one of the highest-grade gold mines in the world and has produced gold with an average grade of 15.5 grams per ton.

Hand of Faith Australian gold nugget

Also, the mining practices in Australia are highly regulated, which helps to ensure that the gold that is mined is not contaminated by pollutants or other impurities. It also contributes to miners going for the highest quality deposits versus other lower grade deposits due to the costs associated with being compliant with the Australian mining regulations and environmental protections.

The Best Areas to Find Gold in Australia

Some of the most productive gold-mining regions in Australia have been Victoria, Western Australia, and New South Wales.

Victoria is known for its rich history of gold mining and is home to some of the oldest and most productive gold mines in the country, such as the Fosterville mine. The gold deposits in Victoria are often lode gold mines found deep underground and are typically of a high grade, which means that the gold is very pure. The mine tunnels here are some of the deepest and widest in the world. It’s also home to the Golden Triangle, where the richest, purest gold has been found.

The Golden Triangle is a region in northeastern Victoria, Australia that is known for the richest gold deposits. The area is located between the towns of Beechworth, Yackandandah, and Chiltern, and was a major center of gold mining during the 19th century gold rush.

gold mine in australia

Western Australia is another state with a long history of gold mining. The state is home to some of the largest gold mines in the country, such as the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie. The gold deposits in Western Australia are often placer gold deposits and are large open-pit mines.

New South Wales is home to some of the oldest and most productive gold mines in the country, such as the Hill End and Sofala goldfields. The lode gold deposits in New South Wales typically have a naturally high purity rate in its large underground mines.

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The Biggest Gold Nuggets Found in Australia

Australia is famous for its crazy wildlife, like what even is a platypus and why does it have to be venomous?

the venomous duckbilled platypus

As dangerous as their animals are, I’d still box a few rounds with a kangaroo to find some of the gold nuggets found in the land down under, especially the ones in the Golden Triangle. Some of the most famous (and biggest ones) are:

  • The Welcome Stranger: Found in 1869 near Moliagul, Victoria, it is the largest gold nugget ever found, weighing in at 2,284 troy ounces (71 kg)
  • The Hand of Faith: Found in 1980 using a metal detector near Kingower, Victoria, it weighs 875 troy ounces (27.2 kg)
  • The Beggary Hills Nugget: Found in 1858, it weighed 727 troy ounces (22.6 kg)
  • The Red Hill Nugget: Found in 1854, it weighed 627 troy ounces (19.5 kg)
  • The Canadian Nugget: Found in 1872, it weighed 553 troy ounces (17.2 kg)
largest  gold nugget ever found

With a long history of gold mining and a reputation for producing high-quality gold, Australia is a major player in the gold mining industry and will continue to be so in the future.

The majority of gold nuggets found anywhere in the world are worth a lot more than their actual weight in gold because of how unique they are. Australian gold nuggets, though, are more sought after from miners and collectors because of their high purity and beauty.

If flying to the land down under isn’t possible for you right now, you can still search for your own gold nuggets with our article 9 Spots You Can Still Pan For Gold in the American River.

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