2011 Victorian Gold Panning Championships

Victorian Gold Panning Championships
Sunday 9th October 2011
Central Deborah Gold Mine

norm-etchedThe Challenge:
Test the speed and accuracy in which you can recover 5 to 12 pieces of gold from a container of seeded gravel within 10 minutes using a gold pan for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. The competition is open to anyone of any age and any skill level and is seen as a stepping stone to the World Championships. Even if you’re not interested in competing we have a host of activities lined up which are sure to capture your imagination!   

9:30am – 1:30pm
You can enter as many times as you like, provided there is a heat open for entry. Keep in mind ... the overall winner is the panner with the best aggregate time from the Skilled and Traditional Pan finals, so you will need to register for both of these categories.

Categories: Entry Fee
Additional Attempts (Each)
Children (under 12 yrs) $5.00 per heat $5.00 per heat
Youths    (13-16 yrs) $5.00 per heat $5.00 per heat
Novice $10.00 per heat $5.00 per heat
Skilled $15.00 per heat $10.00 per heat
Traditional Pan $15.00 per heat $10.00 per heat
Batea Pan $10.00 per heat $5.00 per heat
Teams Challenge Free Free


  • Heats: 10:00am – 2:30pm   
  • Teams Challenge: 2:30 - 3:00pm
  • Sponsors Challenge: 3:00pm - 3:30          
  • Finals: 3:30pm – 4:00pm   
    Finals are for the Skilled and Traditional Pan categories only, all other category winners will be determined by the fastest time obtained in the heats.


  • Overall Winner:  Trip to the 2011 New Zealand Gold Panning Championships
    (The overall winner will be the panner with the best aggregate time from the Skilled and Traditional Pan finals)
  • The winner of each category will receive a trophy
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation

The day will also include:

  • Gold Pour Demonstrations (Free): Watch as our resident blacksmith melts and pours gold using authentic mining equipment from the 1890s and shares tales of days gone by.    
  • Cage Rider ($5/person): Put on your brave face and plummet underground in the original miner’s cage that was used in the 1950s. Then disembark for a brief introduction into what conditions were really like for miners during the harsh gold rush era. Children must be at least 5 years of age to ride in the cage. 
  • Underground Tours (normal prices apply): Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp to descend underground on one of our fascinating tours. Explore the honeycomb of hidden tunnels with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides on a Mine Experience Tour, Underground Adventure Tour or the new Nine Levels of Darkness Tour.


  • The surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine and our Mine Experience Tour are wheelchair accessible
  • Free parking is available
  • Toilets
  • A BBQ lunch and drinks will be on sale
  • Access to the surface of the Mine is free of charge

Are you interested in volunteering on the day?
Without the help of our many volunteers events like this just wouldn’t be possible. If you have some spare time and would like to take part in this exciting day we would love to hear from you. Please contact Geoff Strang on 0408 396 644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Click here to see what happened at the 2010 Victorian Gold Panning Championships

On behalf of Central Deborah Gold Mine and the Victorian Gold Panning Association we would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind contribution to the success of the 2011 Championships.

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