Gold production from Victoria’s thirteen goldfields accounts for two per cent of all the gold that has been mined throughout the world.
Many of these old goldﬁelds offer opportunities to reopen mines or ﬁnd totally new deposits through modern exploration techniques.
Following several significant discoveries of these, Victoria is emerging as a new base metal province. Base metal occurrences are known throughout the State and prospectivity under alluvial cover in the State’s northwest is particularly strong.
Much of the recent exploration for base metals has been driven by a growing understanding of geological links between parts of Victoria and metal provinces in both Tasmania and New South Wales. A strong future is predicted for base metal production in Victoria.
At present, the only significant base metal mine in Victoria is the Wilga operation near Benambra in the northeast of the State. Wilga is currently the focus of renewed exploration effort to expand the resource.
Metallic minerals in Victoria
The following pages cover the main known occurrences of metallic minerals in Victoria and discuss their history of production and future prospectivity.
Mineral specimens photographed for these pages are part of the Museum Victoria and Geological Survey of Victoria mineral collections. We would like to thank Museum Victoria for providing access and advice.
Page last updated: 04 May 2022