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Hidden Treasure track

Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

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Overview

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.

Where
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
Distance
4.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, snacks
Please note
  • For large, organised NPWS guided group and school tours contact the NPWS Newcastle Discovery Coordinator on (02) 4927 3267. Fees apply.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
  • 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

Also see

  • Mountain Maid gold mine, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: Brent Hall

    Mountain Maid gold mine

    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.

  • 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.

    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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