"MacDonnell Range Reef Mine Walk" Macdonnell Ranges Off The Beaten Path Tip by AlbuqRay
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MacDonnell Range Reef Mine Walk is a self-guided walk that is 0.9 km and ~30 min return. Along the way you pass the Christmas Reef Mine and a number of shallow holes with low mounds. This is where surface soil and gravel were "washed" using precious water or "dry blown" using rapidly moving air to recover alluvial gold. Some nuggets up to 3 oz were found. BTW, the same parking area is also the trailhead for the Golden Chance Mine Walk (1.7 km, 60 min return). The walk to this mine offers the opportunity to examine one of the miners huts of "dry stone" construction. Also from the Golden Chance Mine, a short 200 m ascent to the top of the hill gives a spectacular panoramic view of Arltunga. Unfortunately we did not have time to go to the Golden Chance Mine.
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