The guided tour of Mountain Maid gold mine was fascinating, and the rainforest setting is just beautiful – what a great way to pass a day during school holidays.
Nestled in the foothills of Barrington Tops, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area contains the most accessible tract of rare dry rainforest in the Gloucester district plus a large number of historical relics. The rainforest area is simply gorgeous and to learn more about the area’s mining heritage, join one of the guided tours of the Mountain Maid gold mine.
You’ll stroll 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. The rugged wilderness was rich in Red Cedar trees (known as red gold) and was highly sought after by Australia’s European settlers. This attracted timber-getters as early explorers who came to log the mountains and who found the first specks of real gold in 1875 along Back Creek. The diggings commenced shortly after and the area became known as Copeland, after the Minister for Lands Henry Copeland. Although conditions would have been tough back then in this rugged and remote area, you’ll discover that it’s a beautiful place to have worked in.
- WHEN: Guided tours depart Wednesdays and Sundays
- DURATION: 10am-12.00pm or 2.00pm-4.00pm
- TRANSPORT: You will need your own transport to the meeting point in the heritage precinct at Copeland
- COST: Adults $10; Children $8; family (2A+2C) $28
- BOOKINGS: Pre-bookings are essential, as we need to ensure we have the volunteers available to be guides. Call 6558 1408.