Just west of Cairns in Far North Queensland's Tropical Outback Savannah are the Hodgkinson, Etheridge, and Palmer River goldfields. Smaller goldfields, and pockets of gold have been found throughout the region. Gold has been found in the Russell and Johnson Rivers, and around Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton, and in many other places in tropical north-eastern Australia.
Australian natural gold nuggets are in high demand from investors and collectors due to the high purity of Australian gold. Australian Gold Nuggets generally have the highest purity (92% to 98% pure, 22KT to 23KT) of any natural gold nuggets found in the world.