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Copeland - Cities, Towns and Localities
Copeland is located about 19  km west of Gloucester via Barrington. It was near here at Back Creek that alluvial gold was discovered by Mr Saxby in July 1876.

The discovery saw the start of the gold rush and the population increased to over 1,100 persons, of which 800 were miners. Their needs were catered for by four stores and three public houses.

Subterranean mining commenced in 1877 and at the height of the gold rush (1877-1880) there were some 3,000 people working the 51 reefs. Names given to the reefs included the Rainbow, the Centennial, the Mountain Maid, the Hidden Treasure, the Lady Lizzie, the Mechanics, the Morning Star, the Star of the South, the Rose and Thistle, and Lord of the North.

All up there was some 566 kg of gold mined, with half of that extracted in 1879 alone.

Source: NSW DPI Primefact 566, February 2007

With a number of local attractions and scenic drives, there is plenty to see and do including the Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, the town of Gloucester and the Barrington Tops region.

Check out our listing of Copeland accommodation and Hunter Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Gloucester Visitor Information Centre
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Copeland Attractions

Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
• This is the largest easily accessible area of dry rainforest in the Gloucester district and contains a diverse variety of plants and animals including a large number of threatened species. The reserve was once part of a thriving goldfield and there are numerous mine shafts and relics of past mining activities. Access is 18 km west of Gloucester on the Scone Road.
Gold Town • Mountain Maid Goldmine
• 129 Copeland Rd, COPELAND NSW 2422 • Ph: 02 6558 4303 • Fax: 02 6558 4207
• Site of the former Mountain Maid Goldmine, gold was discovered in this reef in October 1876 by Doust, Gill and Irwin and was mined here for over 10 years. There are underground tours of the tunnels, and opportunities to try your hand at gold-panning. The Copeland Gold Mine is open by appointment only.
Goldies Place Gallery-Cafe
• 129 Copeland Rd, COPELAND NSW 2422 • Ph: 02 6558 4330 • Email
• The Gallery Cafe is open from Wednesday to Sundays and offer a relaxing place for light lunches, tea/coffee etc whilst sitting on a huge deck listening to the birds that frequent the Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. A great place for a spot of refreshment before and after you scenic rainforest walk.

Goldies Place Seafood Restaurant
• Ph: 02 6558 4330 • Email
• Dine in quiet elegance on absolutley fresh seafood, cooked to perfection every Friday and Saturday night. Bookings are essential. Please note that children are not catered for.

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Copeland Produce

Red Belly Gourmet - www.redbellygourmet.comRed Belly Gourmet
• ‘Magic Hill’ Scone Rd, COPELAND NSW 2422
• Ph: 02 6558 4353 • Fax: 02 6558 4404 • Email
• Red Belly Gourmet is a small business specialising in six bottled certified organic gourmet food products. Our products are organically grown, harvested, handmade and bottled in our solar powered kitchen at ‘Magic Hill’ a fertile property situated in the upper Hunter Valley, in the foothills of the Barrington Tops NSW Australia.

Food grown on the property is free of any non-organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Our products are made by Craig Kingston a qualified chef with over twenty years experience, who uses only the finest organic oils, vinegars amd sugars with the freshly harvested produce from our farm to create a truly exceptional product. Our products are free from artificial preservatives & additives.

Our philosophy is to make top quality food in an environmentally sustainable manner for you to enjoy.

We also offer catering services, for small or large functions.

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Copeland Distance

Distance to Copeland
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Copeland:
• Barrington Tops NP 45.3
• Barrington 12.1
• Bulahdelah 105.2
• Dungog 83.2
• Forster 90.2
• Gloucester 18.8
• Maitland 134.8
• Monkerai 56.7
• Newcastle 141.6
• Port Macquarie 170.2
• Raymond Terrace 116.4
• Singleton 153.3
• Sydney 280.8
• Taree 92.5
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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