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Copeton Waters State Park NSW

Copeton Waters offers a fantastic opportunity to use and enjoy Lake Copeton, which boasts three times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. With the lake, forest and open parkland to explore, Copeton Waters State Park is a haven for bushwalkers, nature lovers and water sport enthusiasts. For something completely different, try fossicking for sapphires, zircon, topaz, jellybeans, crystals and tourmaline around the local area.

Location and contact details

Copeton Waters State Park is located on the western slopes of the New England Ranges – 570km north-west of Sydney, 440km south-west of Brisbane and only 40km from the thriving regional centre of Inverell. Nearest regional centre is Inverell. 


Fishing on Copeton Lake offers species such as Murray cod, catfish, Silver perch, Golden Perch (yellow belly) and redfin. Trout can be caught in the Gwydir River downstream of the dam. Through spring, summer and autumn, Copeton Lake offers canoeing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, and white water rafting when water is released from the dam.

Local attractions

Sapphire tea garden, pioneer village, olive grove, winery, tourist information centre and a transport museum. Other activities include: bird watching, canoeing, cricket, fossicking, golf, push bike riding, sailing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, walking/hiking trail, water skiing, water slide.

For information on accommodation and park facilities please visit the Inland Waters Website

How to get here

From Inverell, visitors need to travel the Gwydir Highway heading west towards Moree. Approximately 3kms from the town limits, turn left onto Copeton Dam road and travel for 40kms. Copeton Waters State Park is the first left after crossing the dam wall. Access can also be taken from Bundarra and Bingara. There is no public transport available to this park.

Flora and fauna

For the bird lover, look out for the native regent honeyeaters, cockatoos, galahs, native parrots, finches, kookaburras, pelicans, black swans, quails, eagles and hawks. The park is also abundant with wildlife including kangaroos, emus, deer, possums, quolls, goats, lizards and goannas.

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