Copeton Dam is a popular inland sport and recreation destination located 60km upstream of Bingara.
The dam, which at full capacity is three times the size of Sydney Harbour, offers year-round attractions for water sports and fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, bushwalkers, campers and picnickers. Whilst the large lake’s extensive foreshores are home to a recently upgraded holiday park, the main purpose of the dam is to supply irrigation, stock and household needs in the Gwydir Valley, and environmental flows to the Gwydir Wetlands.
The large lake’s extensive foreshores are home to Copeton Waters Reflections Holiday Park featuring both powered and unpowered sites, cabins, and a host of facilities including a water park for children, a kiosk and store, fuel, tennis courts and much more.
The road from Bingara to Copeton is picturesque and meanders along the Gwydir River taking in breath taking views of the dam and the valley in which it is situated, making for an extremely enjoyable day trip.
Copeton Dam State Recreation Park
The Park offers a fascinating day trip, weekend or holiday experience for the whole family. Relax by the water, try your hand at fishing, go for a ski or check out the native flora and fauna. The Park is also the ideal base to explore the many attractions of the Bingara/Inverell area.
Fishing is a big attraction at Copeton Waters as it is a fisherman’s haven with Cod, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Catfish and Redfin in plentiful supply. You will also find an abundance of Trout in the Gwydir River below the Dam Wall.
In front of the centre is an Adventure Playground and Splash Park, which is very popular with children of all ages.
The Park offers a maintained golf course, floodlit tennis courts, picnic facilities and free barbecues.
There is a full range of water sports including Power Boating, Sailing, Skiing and Wake-boarding, along with Bushwalking and Bird Watching or just relaxing and enjoying the natural environment. If you don’t want to tow your van or boat with you each time, there is secure van storage and boat sheds available.
The Park offers self contained cabins, on-site vans, powered sites, a coin operated laundry, free wood and gas barbecues, a camp kitchen and unlimited free-form bush camping areas right up to the waters edge.
It also boasts 5 amenities blocks with hot showers and disabled facilities, scattered throughout the Park. A fully equipped kiosk operates all summer and during weekends in the winter months.
These facilities are located just a couple of kilometres to the south of the Dam Wall.
Visit Copeton Waters Holiday Park website for full details of the Park.
Drive or walk across the Dam Wall for views of the dam and mountains. The rock embankment wall is 1.4 kilometres long and 113 metres high.
A lookout on one side of the large spillway just east of the dam wall will provide excellent views of the dam upstream.
Visit Water NSW’s website for full information on Copeton Dam including facts and history.