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Mountain Maid gold mine

Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

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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
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Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, snacks, insect repellent
Please note

Bookings are essential for guided tours. For large organised groups and school tours contact the NPWS Newcastle Discovery Coordinator on 02 4927 3267.

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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.

Find out more about the history of mining in the area and see where these gold-hungry souls toiled in 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

Tours and events at this location

  • Family walking over a footbridge in the forest on a tour of Copeland Tops with a ranger. Photo credit and copyright: Destination NSW

    Copeland Tops twilight tour

    Experience the magic of Copeland Tops at twilight. Explore Hidden Treasure track and the historic buildings of Mountain Maid gold mine on this evening tour near Gloucester.

  • Family enjoying a guided tour of Mountain Maid gold mine. Photo: Destination NSW © Destination NSW

    Mountain Maid gold mine tour

    Step back in time and uncover the hidden treasures of Mountain Maid gold mine in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Discover historic buildings and pan for gold on this tour in the rainforest.

  • A group of people in a circle, lit by torchlight on a ghost hunt with Newcastle Ghost Tours. Photo: Renata Daniel © Newcastle Ghost Tours

    The Mountain Maid gold mine ghost hunt

    As night falls, head deep into the woods of Copeland Tops State Conservation Area on a ghost hunt with Newcastle Ghost Tours. Explore Gloucester Museum and the relics at Mountain Maid gold mine by torchlight.

Also see

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

    Hidden Treasure track

    Take a walk through the rainforest along Hidden Treasure track in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, near Gloucester. You'll pass remnants of the area's mining heritage, including a historic boiler and disused mine entrance.

  • Hidden Treasures picnic area, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: Brent Mail

    Hidden Treasure picnic area

    Hidden Treasure picnic area, near Gloucester, is the ideal spot for a picnic or barbecue. It's also the access point for Hidden Treasure track and guided tours of Mountain Maid gold mine.

  • Basin Loop walking track, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Basin loop track

    Basin loop track continues from Hidden Treasure track to form a longer walk with scenic views of Copeland Tops State Conservation Area via historic Old Copeland Road.


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