Barrington Tops

For an unforgettable wilderness experience, the Barrington Tops National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Only a few hours’ drive north of Sydney, this magnificent natural wonder is one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia.

You’ll be amazed by intriguing wildlife — the superb lyrebird can mimic countless sounds — and plant species with lineages dating back 100 million years. Enjoy exhilarating walks to breathtaking lookouts. Beautiful picnic and camping spots await, fishing in pristine waters is popular between October and May, and there are adventure tours for kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling.

Barrington Tops National Park - Hunter

Many of the charming towns and villages near the national park, Chichester State Forest and the Copeland Tops State Conservation Area were settled in the early 19th century. The scenic drive between Dungog in the south and Gloucester in the north is a delightful hour.

Both these towns are great bases for exploring the national park on walking trails, including Rocky Crossing, Careys Peak, Honeysuckle Forest and Antarctic Beech Forest. Accommodation options suit various budgets, ranging from secluded retreats to motels, cottages, farm stays and campgrounds.

Canoeing the Barrington River - Barrington Outdoor Adventures

With rich volcanic soil, the verdant countryside bordering the wilderness sustains livestock, vegetable farms, vineyards and olive groves. You can taste fresh produce at quality cafes and markets, such as Dungog Markets, Gresford Community Markets and Gloucester Farmers Market.

Check out the events calendar for the region, home to exciting rodeos, skilled horsemanship and fun shows and festivals. Trains from Sydney will take you to both Dungog and Gloucester. Barrington Outdoor Adventures offers exciting tours from Gloucester into the World Heritage rainforest.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Dungog Local Growers Stall

    Saturday 26 May 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Dungog

    The Local Growers Stall brings you fresh produce grown by local farmers, market gardeners and back yard growers. Every week you will find different, super-fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, and seedlings. Much of …

    26 May - 29 Dec
  2. Clarence Town Markets

    Saturday 26 May 2018 to Saturday 24 November 2018 , Dungog

    The markets are located in the grounds of the Bowling Sport and Recreation Club in a beautiful little country town and they love seeing people come to visit. There are an average of 30 stalls per month, with a huge variety of stall holders.…

    26 May - 24 Nov
  3. Dungog Markets

    Saturday 02 June 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Dungog

    Stalls include handmade arts and crafts, jams, relishes, vinegars and preserves, organic soaps, cakes, slices and biscuits, garments, plants, St Andrew's kitchen and seasonal farmer produce. The markets are held at St Andrew's Presbyterian …

    02 Jun - 01 Dec
  4. Dungog Antiques and Collectable Fair

    Saturday 02 June 2018 to Sunday 03 June 2018 , Dungog

    Search those cupboards, Gran's old items, and have them valued and learn when they were made at the Dungog Antique and Collectables Fair, where people will show and sell antiques and collectables. This is sure to be an unforgettable time …

    02 Jun - 03 Jun
  5. Lungs for Life Car Show and Cruise

    Sunday 03 June 2018 , Dungog

    A wonderful show of cars, bikes and hot rods on display. On the day there will be food and drink stalls an auction and a raffle. Entry by gold coin donation. All cars, bikes and hot rods are welcome to join in for the day.…

    03 Jun
  6. Gloucester Farmers Market

    Saturday 09 June 2018 to Saturday 08 September 2018 , Gloucester

    Get fresh with Gloucester Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month! Discover Gloucester’s fresh food treasure and stock up on foods that will give you energy, vitality and a twinkle in your eye. This is just like how country ma…

    09 Jun - 08 Sep