Mountain Maid gold mine
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
Guided tours through Mountain Maid gold mine are available for visitors to Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Walking tours start from Hidden Treasure picnic area.
- Historic buildings/places
- Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
$10 per adult. $8 per child (under 16).
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen
Bookings are essential. Please contact Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6538 5252 for tour booking details.
For large organised groups and school tours contact the NPWS Newcastle Discovery Coordinator (02) 4946 4112
- Please note
- The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
- Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
In 1876, a man by the name of Saxby first discovered gold in the district. He found it around Back Creek, now Copeland Creek, near to what is now the village of Copeland. After his discovery, miners from everywhere descended on the area and the population grew to 1,100. Three pubs and four stores soon catered for the needs of 800 miners.
To learn more about the history of mining in the area and to see where these gold-hungry souls toiled, come along on a guided tour of Mountain Maid gold mine – one of New South Wales’ longest running operational gold mines. Walk around some historic buildings and get up close and personal with old machinery such as a battery stamper, whirly-gig gold separator, air compressor and gold carts.
Imagine what it was like for them working out here in this remote location. Do you think many noticed the beauty of the surrounding natural environment?
Tours and events at this location
Come along and learn about the history of mining in this beautiful area in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, near Barrington Tops.
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- in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
(02) 6538 5300
Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
- 59 Church Street, Gloucester NSW
- Fax: (02) 6558 2476