Australian man stumbles on NZ$37,000 worth of gold while walking dog

The family's lucky find
The family's lucky find Photo credit: Bendigo Advertiser

An Australian family has uncovered a small fortune while on a Mother's Day walk.  

The father, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was walking around the outskirts of Bendigo, in Victoria with his two daughters and his dog, aptly named Lucky.

"Mum actually stayed at home so me, my two daughters and Lucky were just walking along," the man told The Age.

"I actually walked right past it but my daughter pretty much kicked it as she was walking. She then goes 'Dad, is this gold?'"

According to the father, experts have since examined the nugget and determined it is indeed gold.

"We couldn't find anywhere to properly weigh it," he said. 

"We ended up taking it to the IGA and weighing it up there at the supermarket. They weren't too happy we were weighing it at the deli there," said the man.

Weighing in at 624 grams, the family has been told their lucky find could be worth more than NZ$37,000 (AUS$35,000).

"We've come on some tough times so it's really good because we've been struggling financially. It couldn't be better timing really," the father told The Age.

The father said the family plans to sell the nugget, although they wish they could hold on to it for longer.