Barrington Tops walks and hikes
In the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, explore bushwalking trails in ancient rainforest to beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking lookouts. The incredible wilderness is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the largest stands of subtropical rainforest in the world.
Shaped from volcanic flows many millions of years ago, the park contains plant species with lineages of 100 million years. You’ll pass through temperate rainforest and Antarctic beech trees, discover cascading waterfalls and spot various animals, including rare owls and elusive long-nose potoroos.
Rising from near sea level to more than 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 temperate rainforest and an enchanting waterfall.
Other popular walking trails include Sharpes Creek, Aeroplane Hill and Gloucester River, which begins near the tranquil Gloucester River campground and picnic area. A wonderful way to experience the diverse beauty is on the Gloucester Tops circuit, which combines three walking trails:
For a challenging hike, the Corker trail is 20km return from Lagoon Pinch to Careys Peak, winding through woodlands, rainforest and Antarctic beech. You can pitch a tent at the Wombat Creek campground. Before your outdoor adventure, please read these bushwalking safety tips carefully.
Some of the best lookouts are at Careys Peak and Devils Hole. A campground and picnic area is near the Devils Hole lookout. Another place to pitch a tent is the remote Gummi Falls campground, which is near mountain bike trails and great fishing spots. You’ll need a 4WD vehicle to access Gummi Falls.
Guided tours are also available in the national park. Free tours depart from the Dungog Visitor Information Centre in Dungog, and Barrington Outdoor Adventures in Gloucester offers a day tour of the region’s extraordinary natural beauty or a thrilling kayaking tour on the Barrington River rapids.