Out of all Australia’s mining sectors, it is gold that is the oldest. From the late-1700s to early 1800s, a gold rush saw numerous mines cropping up all over the country.
These days, gold mining in Australia is limited to three or four key areas at sites run by major international corporations. Most gold in Australia is found in small quantities and spread over large areas.
While demand for other metals can vary, gold is fairly consistent. In terms of competition, South Africa is currently mining gold in larger quantities than Australia. For this reason, it is vital that Australian gold mines ensure their operations are run as efficiently as possible.