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.
The Northcott Centre Cafe offers sit down and take-away meals and special catering for groups can be arranged on request. Groceries, ice, fuel, gas, bait and lures are also available.
The well-appointed function centre is a popular venue for small weddings and seminars, family reunions and other special occasions. Catering is available at very reasonable prices.
Our park facilities include an undercover camp kitchen, fishing boat hire, boat shed and caravan storage, and a coin operated laundromat. Included in the admission price is the use of barbecues and picnic facilities, nine hole golf course, floodlit tennis courts and adventure playgrounds.
State Water Corporation are performing works to upgrade Copeton Dam, details regarding this project can be found on the State Water website.
Amenities block, bait/lures, bbqs electric, bbqs gas, bbqs wood, boat hire, boat ramp, café/bistro, camp kitchen, conference centre, disabled access, fuel, groceries and ice kiosk, laundry, LP gas, picnic area, playground, public telephone, shelter shed, storage, take-away food. Pet friendly: No pets allowed in accommodation areas, except for guide dogs. Pets are allowed in camping, powered site and day visitor areas.
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 and water skiing. Download our Copeton Waters brochure (PDF 1MB). Local attractions include a 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.
Copeton Waters offer a range of accommodation options from deluxe cabins to powered and unpowered sites. There is also group accommodation and function facilities. For information on accommodation availability and tariffs, please visit the Park's website
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.
There is also abundant wildlife including kangaroos, emus, deer, possums, quolls, goats, lizards and goannas.
Location and contact details
Address: 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. Phone: 02 6723 6269; Fax: 02 6723 6207
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. Copeton Waters park map download (PDF 77KB)
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Alternatively you can find camping and caravan parks around the Copeton Waters area.