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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

$12 per adult. $8 per child (under 16). $28 per family.

What to
Hat, sunscreen

Bookings are essential. 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 on 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?

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.
Mountain Maid gold mine, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: Brent Hall