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Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

Overview

In the foothills of Barrington Tops, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area offers rainforest walking tracks, picnic areas, birdwatching and guided tours at a historic mine that are great for school excursions.

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Two types of gold have been discovered within the New South Wales area now known as Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. The first was ‘red gold’, which was red cedar highly sought after by Australia’s European settlers. It was the early explorers who came to log along these mountain ridges who then discovered the shiny type, and goldmining took off too. Although conditions would have been tough back then in this rugged and remote area, you’ll discover that it’s actually a beautiful place to have worked in.

Copeland Tops, home to the most accessible tract of rare dry rainforest in the Gloucester district, is simply gorgeous. Hike along old logging tracks beneath a canopy of towering trees on one of the park’s scenic walking trails. There are plenty of great places to picnic. To learn more about the area’s mining heritage, join one of our Discovery tours of Mountain Maid gold mine.

Highlights in this park

  • 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 Ol...

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

    Hidden Treasure picnic area

    Hidden Treasure picnic area is the ideal spot for a picnic or barbecue as well as the access point for the park’s walking tracks and guided tour of Mo...

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

    Hidden Treasure track

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

  • 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 Trea...

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

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

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