EPM 25825 Project Descriptions
EPM 25825 Cawarral is located north and south of Cawarral township about 15 km southwest of Yeppoon in Central Queensland. It is about 30 minutes drive from Rockhampton. Council roads extend through the northern section of the tenure, while a highway cuts through the southern section at Cawarral and the Rockhampton-Yeppoon road in the far north.
Gold was first discovered in 1986 on Cawarral Station. In July 1869 two large nuggets (259 and 170 ounces) were found on the west side of Mt Wheeler which immediately sparked a large rush. The Carwarral Gold Field which stretches to the Fitzroy River in the south and to the northwest of Yeppoon in the north, was proclaimed later in 1869.
Three historical goldfields, Annie-Cawarral, Constitution and Mt Wheeler constitute the known mineralised areas where over 26,500 ounces of hard rock gold at an average grade of 20 g/t Au were produced in the period 1881-1922, though total production from the field that includes alluvial and colluvial deposits is uncertain. High gold grades were recorded from limited modern drilling in the Annie-Cawarral field and include 2 m @ 232 g/t Au.
The Cawarral tenure contains high grade gold vein mineralisation related to Cretaceous intrusions, though deposits mined in the past were of limited tonnage. The potential is for moderate tonnage high-medium grade vein deposits and bulk tonnage lower grade deposits in host serpentinite. Desktop studies indicated that minimal geophysical and drilling exploration has been conducted.
Due to the imprint of small land holdings and Cawarral township, initial exploration focus is on the less populated Mt Wheeler area and a NNE structural corridor which contains existing deposits. A program of rock sampling, reconnaissance mapping, extensive soil sampling for SGH analytic method and possible limited IP or magnetic surveys is designed and currently undertaken to test both the known mineralized areas and also for mineralisation related to buried Cretaceous intrusions and to identify drill targets.