Hidden Treasure track is a walking route through dry rainforest at Copeland Tops State Conservation Area that takes in remnants of the area’s gold mining heritage, including a historic boiler & disused mine entrance.
- WHERE: Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
- DISTANCE: 4.5km loop
- TIME: Approx 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours
- GRADE: Grade 3
- PRICE: Free
Hidden Treasure Track is an easy walk through dry rainforest following Copeland Creek beneath a canopy of grey myrtle, shatterwood, yellow tulip & other dry rainforest species.
This hike also takes you past remnants of the area’s mining history. Look out for adits, which are tunnelled entrances to underground mines. See the boiler from Criterion stamper battery, which used to provide the power to crush ore from the nearby mines.
Hidden Treasure gold reef was discovered in 1877. Despite the name, the treasure did not really stay hidden for long, and this mine became the area’s second most productive, yielding 269kg of gold after its construction. Now that all those miners have left, microbats have moved in and travel back and forth from the cave through the open mesh grill at the mine entrance, generally scavenging for insects.
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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.