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Hidden Treasure track

Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

Overview

Hidden Treasure track is a walking route through rainforest that takes in remnants of the area's mining heritage, including a historic boiler and disused mine entrance.

Where
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
Distance
4.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Please note

  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • There is no mobile reception in this park

Hidden Treasure track is an easy walk through dry rainforest following Copeland Creek beneath a canopy of grey myrtle, shatterwood, yellow tulip and other dry rainforest species. This hike also takes you past remnants of the area’s mining history. Look out for adits, which are tunnelled entrances to underground mines. See the boiler from Criterion stamper battery, which used to provide the power to crush ore from the nearby mines.

Hidden Treasure gold reef was discovered in 1877. Despite the name, the treasure did not really stay hidden for long, and this mine became the area’s second most productive, yielding 269kg of gold after its construction. Now that all those miners have left, microbats have moved in and travel back and forth from the cave through the open mesh grill at the mine entrance, generally scavenging for insects.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Hidden Treasure trail, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer.