For those who really like to stretch their legs, Basin Loop Track is the longest walking trail in Copeland Tops. This continuation of Hidden Treasure Track follows, for the northern part of its loop, historic Old Copeland Road.
- WHERE: Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
- DISTANCE: 7km loop
- TIME: Approx 3.5 hours to 4.5 hours
- GRADE: Grade 3
- PRICE: Free
For those who really like to stretch their legs, Basin Loop Track is the longest walking trail in Copeland Tops. This continuation of Hidden Treasure Track follows, for the northern part of its loop, historic Old Copeland Road. The track leads you through dry rainforest to open forest that lines the ridge tops of this area. See how the vegetation changes along the way from red cedars, giant stinging trees and strangler figs in the moister, more protected sections of rainforest, to Sydney blue gums and Craven grey box in the schlerophyll forest on the more exposed and drier ridges.
There’s an abundance of birds, so take along binoculars for birdwatching. Many of the park’s animals are nocturnal, but have been known to sometimes keep odd hours. Koalas can often be seen at any time dozing off high up in the fork of gum trees, so keep your eyes peeled.
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• HOW: For scenic walks around Gloucester & Barrington Tops pick up the free brochures at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre or download the brochure here.
• COST: Free
• CONTACT: Pick up a free map at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre at 27 Denison Street. Call 6538 5252
Bushwalking safety tips:
Always tell someone of your bushwalking plans & your expected time to return home.
Wear sturdy enclosed shoes suitable for all weather.
Take care of slippery tracks, trails, rocks & water crossings.
The weather in this area can be unpredictable & can be a lot cooler so ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit, with jackets & drinking water.
Wear sunscreen, insect repellent & a hat.
There is no mobile phone reception at Copeland Tops & GPS systems are often ineffective.
And please take all your rubbish with you.