Midweek Copeland Gold Mine run - Hunter's Last

27 March 2020 / Written by : Barry & Jenny Luttrell

Sixteen members and their cars met at Thornton McDonalds for a scenic run through the back roads of the Lower Hunter Valley to the historic gold mine at Copeland.

Complying with Government regulations we all maintained our 1.5 metre distance and no physical hand shanking etc.  With perfect weather and light traffic, we travelled through lush green farm land, a real contrast to the burnt landscape of our previous runs.

Arriving at historic Clarence Town one car suffered a flat tyre, so the remainder of the group continued onto Stroud for an extended morning tea whilst waiting for the tyre to be repaired. Joined by the repaired car, we travelled through Gloucester and into the foot hills of the Barrington Ranges arriving at the Copeland Gold Mine ruins. A short bush walk provided an overview of the area which had been mined for gold from 1876 for about 60 years.

Leaving the mine site we travelled back to Gloucester for lunch at the Roundabout Inn Hotel where we were provided with a private room and chairs spaced at least 1.5 metres apart where we all enjoyed well-presented meals.

After lunch we made our own way home completing the last Hunter Chapter activity for some time due to Corona Virus issues.

Many thanks to all members who contributed to making the run a great day.