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Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Copeland Tops State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

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    From Gloucester:

    • Follow Thunderbolts Way northwest out through the village of Barrington and over the single-lane bridge
    • Continue west on Barrington Tops Forest Road until you come to Copeland village
    • Turn left into Copeland Road and follow this road to the carpark at the end

    Park entry points


    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area.


    This season offers mild walking conditions as well as the chance to witness bird migration. For instance, the wompoo fruit-dove – Australia's largest fruit dove – migrates from lower elevations in winter to upland forests in the warmer months.


    There's nothing like rainforest to keep you cool; it's always several degrees less beneath the protective canopy, so enjoy following the park's walking tracks and finding shady places to picnic during the hotter months. The park's raised elevation also contributes to these milder conditions.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    17°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    6.7°C and 14.5°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Please be aware that because of past mining activity, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area contains deep mine shafts, holes and adits (entry points) with concealed entrances which may cause injury. To avoid any accidents, please be sure to stay within walking tracks and access roads whilst visiting the area.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Copeland Tops State Conservation Area


    Nearby towns

    Gloucester (18 km)

    Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

    Dungog (80 km)

    Dungog is a country town with character, backed by magnificent rolling hills, national parks and state forests. It's in the heart of dairy and beef cattle country.

    Taree (93 km)

    Taree is a major mid North Coast city, ringed by superb beaches. It's situated on the Manning River and set against rolling hills.