Copeland House is 15mins from Gloucester and sits up beside the Copeland Tops SCA. A perfect basecamp to explore the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops and the greater Gloucester area. Beautiful parks to walk, crystal clear rivers to swim, mountain trails to hike and rainforest walks to wander. Here are some of our favourites.
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
We share our property boundary with National Parks and this natural wonderland. An environment with a canopy of red cedar, grey myrtles, shatterwood and other magnificent rainforest species and home to wildlife including microbats, possums, lyrebirds and wompoo pigeons. In October the fireflies come out and add another level of magic to this beautiful area. There are guided tours on Wednesday and Saturday (that can be booked through National Parks) that take you through the historical gold mining area where you will see and touch artifacts from the past and walk on to learn a little about this amazing environment. Or take the paths less trodden and head up the Hidden Treasure Trail for a walk through the rainforest or up the Basin Loop for an extraordinary visit to the ecozone. A perfect way to walk off brekky.
The road to Gloucester Tops has 6 picturesque causeway crossings over the Gloucester River, crystal clear and where you can take a quick roadside dip to cool off. But for a wilderness swimming experience take the Gloucester River walking track just inside the national park where you'll find walking trails, swimming, picnicking & wildlife. At the very end of Gloucester Tops Road (and you're at the top of the mountain now) is Gloucester Falls, a series of cascades off the eastern section of world heritage Barrington Tops. Here, you'll find high altitude wetlands, Gondwana forests and lookouts with spectacular views. The walking trails will take you through deep green rainforests of ancient Antarctic Beech trees with tree fern groves & moss covered cascades not far from where the Gloucester River is born. The rocky pools around the cascades offer walkers a refreshing plunge to cool off but you'll have to ask for the location of the secret path (it's a locally kept secret!)
Barrington Tops is part of the Mount Royal Range, which reaches a height of 1586m at Brumlow Top. The Tops comprises a central alpine plateau with steep rugged ranges fralling away on all sides. This wilderness area is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. These rainforests are UNESCO World Heritage listed, thriving with plants and wildlife. The road across is well maintained dirt road with lots of walks and lookouts to see along the way. The Honeysuckle Walk, Thunderbolts Lookout, Polblue Swamp Track and the absolutely stunning Firs are a few. With the right vehicle then your options only grow. We have some great maps with all the highlights or simply put on your walking shoes and head out to explore.
Gloucester Mosaic Walk
The Gloucester Mosaic Walk depicts the story of Glocuester from the early days of European settlement to the present. Enjoy a more relaxed stroll and take yourself on a journey learning about Gloucester. The walk begins outside the Visitor Centre. Grab a brochure and for greater details and a map to enjoy this local artistry.