Gold

The Northern Territory (NT) has a long and continuous history of gold mining, from three main goldfields – Pine Creek, Tennant Creek and the Tanami. 

Gold continues to be one of the leading commodities for both exploration and mining in the NT.

Production

Total gold production to June 2015 in the NT is estimated to have been 521 tonnes, or 18.3 million ounces.

Gold production in 2014/15 was 14.57 tonnes, or 514,000 ounces, with most gold produced from two underground mines: Newmont’s Tanami operations - Callie mine - and Newmarket Gold’s Pine Creek operations - Cosmo Deeps mine.

Developing projects

There are a number of advanced gold projects with substantial resources that are subject to feasibility studies. This includes the 1 million ounce Groundrush project in the Tanami, and the large - 8 million ounce - Mount Todd project near Katherine.

Exploration in the Tennant Creek area continues to define new high grade gold and copper resources.

Geology

Most gold resources in the Northern Territory are associated with orogenic vein-hosted deposits in the Tanami Region and Pine Creek Orogen. A second major style of deposit is high-grade ironstone-hosted gold-copper mineralisation in the Warramunga Province in the Tennant Creek field.

Last updated: 13 October 2017