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'Gold Rush' Parker Schnabel May Have Struck it Rich in Australia, Footage Shows

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By Gary Trock

"Gold Rush" star Parker Schnabel took a big chance by leaving his normal mining location in Alaska to see if he can find some precious nuggets in the untapped gold reserves Down Under, by the look of things his plan may be paying off huge.

According to a new teaser clip, released by Discovery, of the "Gold Rush" spinoff "Parker's Trail," the young reality star and a few of his trusted crew recently traveled to Australia to film Season Four of the show.

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The teaser clip shows that Parker and his team definitely have their work cut out for them as they navigate the vast terrains in the Outback in search of rich gold deposits. For motivation, Schnabel is shown some proof that gold does exist in the area, when he is handed nuggets the size of baseball mitts.

According to Discovery:

"Australia is one of the largest gold-producing nations in the world, but nothing can be taken for granted. Australia’s landscape is brutal and home to some of the deadliest snakes, saltwater crocodiles and spiders on the planet. To dig deeper into Australia’s gold mining industry, Parker will get his hands dirty prospecting mines. The team will travel vast terrain – over 6,000 total miles across Australia – following the historic gold rush trail that began in 1851."

Teaming Up

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Mining gold in Australia is a bit different from what 25-year-old Parker Schnabel and his team are used to up in the Klondike, so they've enlisted the help of a veteran miner in the area with a rich history of dealing in gold.

"This year, Parker will be joined by 24-year-old gold miner and prospecting expert Tyler Mahoney, a fourth-generation Australian gold miner. Her ability to navigate the country’s vast goldfields and read the ground will be instrumental. Rounding out the team will be Danny Etheridge, cameraman and close friend of Parker; and Fred Lewis, a former US military medic and communications specialist," Discovery announced.

New Friends

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Tyler, who is also a model and clothing designer, is excited about her time working with Parker and is looking forward to the premiere of the show. She recently shared a BTS photo of the team celebrating her 24th birthday, which went down while they were filming in Western Australia.

"This photo was taken on my 24th bday whilst I was working in Yalgoo (not my ideal location for my birthday) lucky these three and the rest of the crew made it one of my favourite yet," she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the crew sitting around a billiards table.

Perhaps even better than becoming a reality TV star is striking it rich with a big gold nugget. We'll have to see how they end up after the season.

"Gold Rush: Parker's Trail" returns for a Fourth Season on Friday, March 13 at 8 PM on Discovery.

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