Northern Territory Government

Fossicking in the Northern Territory


Scenery from Warrego 

Warrego Map PDF (1.4 MB)


Exploration of the Warrego copper-bismuth-gold anomaly commenced in the late 1950's and operated up to late 1989, producing approximately 4.94 Mt of ore. In addition to Warrego mine production, ores from other mines were trucked to the Warrego site for processing. They included ores from the White Devil, Gecko, Eldorado and Orlando mines. The Tennant Creek operations, including the Warrego tailings storage facilities are under care and maintenance with operation activities occurring in the area.



Gold occurs in the surface soil and can be found by dry panning. Metal detectors have been used successfully in the area.


From Tennant Creek, follow the Stuart Highway 1.5 km north to the Warrego Road turnoff. Turn left towards Warrego and drive west along the bitumen road for 45.5 km to the sign posted turnoff on the right. Follow the track northwards for 13.8 km to an old mine, which is centrally located in the fossicking area. This area is accessible by conventional vehicles, as the track is well-formed dirt and gravel.

Be aware of the railway line passing through this fossicking area. Stay clear of the railway corridor.

Please remember that this fossicking area lies within Phillip Creek pastoral lease and care should be taken not to interfere with the movement of cattle or other station activities.


Although "bush camping" is allowed, please note that there are no facilities on site.

Campers on the fossicking area must provide their own water as the bore and tanks in the area are no longer serviceable.

Campers must take their rubbish with them when they leave.

Travelling in the NT

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