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Things to Do in Copeton Waters

28 Mar 2023
5 minutes

Copeton Waters is a popular destination for outdoor activities and adventures. Whether you’re looking to get away from it all or just spend some time exploring the area, there are plenty of things to do in Copeton Waters. Keep reading to learn more.

Copeton Dam Fishing

Fishing is a great way to relax and appreciate the beauty of Copeton Waters. The waters are stocked with Murray Cod, Catfish, Silver Perch, Golden Perch, Yellows and Carp. If you’re looking for a cod fishing spot that offers some of the best catches in Australia, look no further than Copeton Dam, otherwise known as ‘the big fish factory’.

Head out in your boat for an enjoyable and productive experience catching a few fish at the dam wall. You can also catch Rainbow Trout and Bobby Cod further down the dam in, Gwydir River.


Visit Goonoowigall State Conservation Area

The Goonoowigall State conservation area is a popular spot for nature lovers looking to explore the beauty of Copeton Waters. Here you can find bushwalking tracks and birdwatching opportunities, as well as picnic spots and barbecue facilities. There’s also a large lake in the area, which is great for fishing or kayaking.

Visit Inverell

Inverell is a historic, picturesque town located just a short drive from Copeton Waters. Here you can find amazing local shops and cafes, as well as one of the oldest pubs in Australia. Explore the town’s imposing churches, historic buildings, and natural beauty, or take in a show at one of its many theatres.

All in all, Copeton has a lot to offer the whole family, and a stay at Reflections Copeton Waters is one not to be missed.

Frequently asked questionsDidn’t find what you were looking for? We’re here to help. Get in touch below.
Can you swim at Copeton Dam?

Swimming is not allowed at Copeton Dam, however there are many swimming spots in the rivers and creeks near the dam. Instead, you can go freshwater fishing (Copeton Dam waters).

How much does it cost to get into Copeton Dam?

Entry to the Copeton Dam is free, however there is a fee for camping and other activities such as water skiing. You may look to stay at Copeton Waters Holiday Park powered sites as it has many facilities and amenities and direct boat ramp access to the dam for fishing enthusiasts.

Is there a town under Copeton Dam?

Yes, Copeton Dam was built on the site of a former town known as Old Copeton. The former town is now submerged beneath the dam's waters. However, remnants of the old town can still be found when walking around the lake.

Is Copeton Dam bigger than Sydney Harbour?

Yes, Copeton Dam is much bigger than Sydney Harbour and holds more water. The dam covers an area of 8,000 hectares with a capacity of 1.8 million megalitres. This makes it the largest inland storage in New South Wales.

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