Those looking to literally strike gold in regional, state and national parks are in luck, as under the new eased COVID-19 restrictions, fossicking is once again allowed.
Both Creswick Regional Forest and Enfield State Forest are popular fossicking locations in the region.
Fossicking is a low impact way of looking for gems or minerals using metal detectors, picks, shovels, sieves and pans. In Victoria, recreational fossickers must possess a miner's right.
Vegetation and Aboriginal objects must not be removed or damaged, while the use of machinery is prohibited.
Earth Resources Regulation's executive director Anthony Hurst said in a statement while prospectors are welcome to resume fossicking, they must act in a responsible and safe manner due to the current climate.
"Now that some outdoor activities can resume, fossickers must continue to be aware of the rules and their responsibilities, including current health advice, when out looking for gold in some of Victoria's beautiful regions," he said.
Groups of recreational prospectors must be no larger than 10, practice social distancing and ensure they can return from their location within a day as camping remains prohibited.
Mr Hurst added Earth Resources Regulation will be out in force across Victoria to ensure prospectors and fossickers are complying with COVID-19 restrictions.
"Our inspectors frequently conduct spot checks around the state to ensure fossicking is being conducted properly, safely and without harm to the community or environment."
These sentiments were echoed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning chief conservation regulator, Kate Gavens, who reminded people that they should remain home if they could.
"Conservation Regulator officers will be out across Victoria this weekend to make sure people are maintaining physical distancing and are in groups of 10 or less," she said.
"Thank you to everyone who is doing the right thing and remember, the message remains the same: if you can stay at home, you must stay at home."
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