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Breathtaking lookouts

Enjoy camping and picnics in the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park, a World Heritage wilderness a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Spectacular rainforest, enchanting waterfalls and breathtaking lookouts are just some of the glorious features in this park.

  • Thunderbolt's Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park
  • Kayaking, Barrington Tops National Park

Discover the beautiful Barrington Tops

Exhilarating walking trails open up the beauty of the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Home to many rare and endangered plant and animal species, this wilderness is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Pass through temperate rainforest and Antarctic beech trees, discover cascading waterfalls and spot various animals, including rare owls and elusive long-nose potoroos. Popular walking trails include Sharpes Creek, Aeroplane Hill and Gloucester River. The Corker trail is a challenging hike.

Honeysuckle Forest Track, Hunter

Rising from near sea level to over 1,500 metres, the park is an irreplaceable wonder of nature and protects Aboriginal cultural heritage sites, including sacred ceremonial places. The Rocky Crossing walking track offers splendid views of the temperate rainforest and a delightful waterfall.

Some of the best lookouts are at Careys Peak and Devils Hole. A campground and picnic area is near the Devils Hole lookout. For riverside tranquillity, try the Gloucester River campground and picnic area. The remote Gummi Falls campground is near mountain biking trails and great fishing spots.

Thunderbolt's Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park, Hunter

Guided tours depart Dungog or Gloucester, two charming towns in the Barrington Tops region with plenty of accommodation options. NSW National Parks offers free guided tours from Dungog, and Barrington Outdoor Adventures in Gloucester offers a range of adventure tours, including a five-day walking tour in the park that finishes with whitewater kayaking on the Barrington River.

  1. Aeroplane Hill walking track

    Aeroplane Hill walking track

    At an altitude of 1,500 metres, you’ll have your head in the clouds on this high country track that captures the rare beauty of the plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester. From...

  2. Barrington Tops National Park

    Barrington Tops National Park

    Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. Easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots await.The rainforests of Barrington Tops...

  3. Barrington Tops State Forest

    Barrington Tops State Forest

    Located halfway between Gloucester and Scone is Barrington Tops State Forest. Within the forest, on the banks of the Manning River in cool highland forest, is a stunning camping and picnic area popular with four wheel...

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