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.
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.
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.