Be guided through the heritage gold mining precinct at Copeland, famous for its Mountain Maid Gold Mine. Now protected by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, you’ll peek inside the mine shaft, touch mining relics, venture inside old machinery sheds & hear about life in a colonial gold rush town.
- Wed 13 Dec, Sun 17 Dec, Wed 20 Dec, Wed 27 Dec, Sun 31 Dec 2017.
- Wed 03 Jan, Sun 07 Jan, Wed 10 Jan, Sun 14 Jan, Wed 17 Jan, Sun 21 Jan, Wed 24 Jan, Sun 28 Jan, Wed 31 Jan 2018
- Tours departs 10.00am sharp at Copeland SCA carpark, you must have your pre-paid tickets with you.
- WHERE: Copeland State Conservation Area, Copeland Rd, Copeland via Gloucester
- COST: Adult $12; Child $8; Family (2A+2C) $28
- BOOKINGS: Bookings essential at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre, 6538 5252.
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. 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.