The Great Outdoors
The standard and number of rivers in the district are ideal for camping and canoeing. There are also two National Parks - Kings Plains National Park in the north east and Kwiambal National Park to the north. Lake Inverell Reserve is a unique aquatic sanctuary which has now become a 100 hectare home for birds and wildlife, where provision has also been made for picnicking, bushwalking, bird-watching and fishing.
Copeton Waters is the holiday centre of the north. It holds almost three times the water of Sydney Harbour when full and is surrounded by recreation areas. It is an ideal location for campers and water sport enthusiasts with fishing, power boating, sailing, windsurfing and water slides. The area boasts a function centre and bunkhouse to cater for schools and large groups; free BBQ facilities; a six hole golf course, tennis courts, playgrounds, water park and jumping pillow.
The Gwydir River below Copeton Dam provides one of the most exciting wildwater rafting experiences during the season which extends from October to March. This incredible stretch of whitewater is unequalled in Australia for its size and consistency during the release from the mighty Copeton Dam.
Yachting, pleasure boating and water skiing are catered for on Copeton Dam. Fishing is actively pursued on the large lakes and many rivers in the area. A plentiful supply of golden perch, red fin and trout keep local fishermen fully occupied. Clubs and authorities stock most dams and rivers on an annual basis to ensure that fishing remains a continuing pastime.
Within the district there are many fossicking areas with a variety of stones which visitors may fossick for at their leisure from tin to sapphires, quartz or maybe a diamond. There are areas available both for the beginners and the avid fossicker.