If you’ve never visited Copeton Waters, grab your dog, pack your car right now and hit the road! This is an easy area to fall in love with. Vast rolling hills and rocky shorelines hold a sort of Northern Ontario in the summer element that just made me feel right at home. We came for three nights, but stayed for six. We just could not get enough!
The pet-friendly park is set up with two main campgrounds. The first, Jaycee, is home to the only cabins and two permanent caravans, with more spaces for people looking to hook up for some powered sites. There’s a large camp kitchen area with a huge communal fire pit that makes you wish you’d brought a whole group of friends. To enjoy a fire with that view, while the roos hop around is incredible.
The second campground area Copeton Bay, was where we decided to stay. No cabins or camp kitchen but large amenities with laundry facilities and plenty of power and water hook ups to choose from. What I loved about these powered sites was again, how they felt a lot more like the provincial parks back home. Set up in bush surroundings instead of neatly lined rows of caravan and car spaces.
If you don’t need power, there are heaps of bush camping spots to choose from. Take a drive before choosing as you never know what you’re going to find.
Some pretty intense storms passed through during our stay but its worth noting that routine maintenance around the park is kept so large tree limbs are unlikely to fall.
While visiting the park, we got to be part of something rather special. NSW fisheries dropped by with a truck load of Murray Cod fingerlings (baby fish) to add to the dam.
This happens annually for different species that call Copeton Waters home. They introduced 60,000 of these tiny fingerlings into the water. Let me tell you, not only is it fascinating watching them all swim out of the transfer pipe, its also quite a ticklish experience too.
While we were busy trying to get photos and video footage of them, they were busy trying to hide under anything and feet are apparently their number one spot! To learn more about this program make sure to stay tuned for our Youtube episode coming out soon!
Roos. You are never in short supply of seeing kangaroos while hanging out here. Its not even a matter of what time of day it is, its simply a matter of where they are currently hanging out. Sometimes eating on the grounds, other times napping under trees or simply talking a quick dip in one of the sandy peninsulas around the lake.
Other wildlife sightings that we were both surprised and lucky to see included emus and a family of deer with one that was (albino) snowy white in appearance.
At Copeton Waters you have everything that you need conveniently at your finger tips. If by chance you’ve forgotten something, they’ve got a lovely kiosk with all sorts of supplies for cooking, fishing, clothing and most importantly ice cream. They’ve also got a killer bacon and egg roll which for anyone who knows me, knows I’m a bit bacon obsessed and was very impressed. The kiosk is also where the reception desk is located and let me tell you, the staff are absolute gems. Every time we interacted with them they did nothing but help us make our stay here more enjoyable.
Once we knew the storms had passed and the weather was headed in a better direction, we decided to rent one of the boats. It was a good sized 6 seater motorized tinny which Brad was more than happy to drive around the lake. This gave me the chance to go trolling for the first time ever. I’d like to say I caught something amazing but it was not in the cards for us that day. Not so keen on renting a boat? Not to worry, they also offer kayaks at an hourly rate.
If you don’t want to rent a boat, there’s no shortage of accessible shorelines for fishing. You’re sure to find a good spot to toss in a line! To date, this is one of the most scenic spots I’ve ever fished in. For bait and tackle recommendations check out the reception desk for more information.
Other mentionable notes in the park that I haven’t seen elsewhere are the storage areas for caravans and boats. So if you plan on frequenting the area you can leave them behind and not worry about towing them back and forth! They’ve also got a golf course, but get in line because the roos seem to like the course as well. Then there are the tennis courts, if you didn’t bring your gear with you, talk to the staff at reception and they’ll help sort you out.
Visiting Copeton Waters you won’t be short of things to do. If you’re looking for a town to explore Inverell is not far off. Known as the Sapphire city, Inverell is a decent sized town with all your shopping needs. Including groceries, pubs, restaurants and more.
So what are you waiting for!? Put Copeton Waters on the top of your list as your camping destination this summer!