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Barrington Tops National Park is in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia

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Understand[edit]

History[edit]

Barrington Tops National Park and the adjoining State Conservation Area are the traditional land of several Aboriginal groups, including the Worimi and Biripi people, the Gringai clan of the Worimi people and Wonnarua people. The rainforests of Barrington Tops offered a wealth of resources for Aboriginal people, including many edible fruits, like the native cherry, lilly pilly and figs. Today, the history of Aboriginal people in Barrington Tops is recorded in oral history and in the presence of Aboriginal sites. Barrington Tops National Park protects ancient campsites, scarred trees and sacred ceremonial places.

Landscape[edit]

Most of Barrington Tops National Park is declared wilderness; large, natural areas of land that, together with their native plants and animal communities, remain essentially unchanged by modern human activity.

Flora and fauna[edit]

  • Flora: A large variety of plants and animals reside in the park and the steepness of the terrain ensures that they are not disturbed by humans. Plant life includes a large variety of eucalypt trees including Snow Gums, subtropical and temperate rainforest trees like Antarctic beech, tree ferns, a large variety of mosses and ferns and a wide range of edible plants such as the native raspberry, the native cherry and the lilli pilli.
  • Fauna: animals you may see:
    • Superb lyrebird
    • Swamp wallaby
    • Common wombat
    • Australian brush turkey
    • Common ringtail possom

Climate[edit]

The climate varies from temperate on the lower altitudes to subalpine at highest elevations. A record low of −17 °C (1 °F) has been registered at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above mean sea level. Rainfalls fluctuate between 750 millimetres (30 in) in the northwest to more than 2,000 mm (79 in) in the southeast.

Get in[edit]

By car is the usual way to access this park. Your entry point is the Gloucester Tops access.

To southern Barrington Tops[edit]

From Dungog, take Chichester Dam Road for about 10 km before turning left on Salisbury Road. After about 27 km, you'll reach the Lagoon Pinch to Williams River precinct of the park.

To eastern Barrington Tops[edit]

From Gloucester, take Bucketts Way before turning right onto Gloucester Tops Road. After about 30 km, you’ll reach the Gloucester River precinct of the park, and further on you’ll find the Gloucester Tops precinct.

To northern Barrington Tops[edit]

From Gloucester, take Thunderbolts Way, which becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road. After about 45 km, you'll reach Cobark picnic area. Continue on for other sites within Polblue and Devils Hole precinct of the park.

From Scone[edit]

Take Barrington Tops Forest Road. You can reach the Barrington Tops precinct by turning left onto Barrington trail from Barrington Tops Forest Road.

Fees and permits[edit]

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Do[edit]

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Barrington Tops National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

• Autumn: Take to the park's walking tracks to make the most of cooler and drier daytime weather.

• Spring: Look out for ground orchids and other wildflowers along the Polblue Swamp walking track.

• Summer: Look out for the eastern water dragon basking on rocks around the streams.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Picnic Facilities
    • Gloucester Falls picnic area
    • Gloucester River campground and picnic area
    • Gloucester Tops picnic area
    • Honeysuckle Forest track
    • Honeysuckle picnic area
    • Horse Swamp campground
    • Jerusalem Creek picnic area
    • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
    • Little Murray campground
    • Polblue campground and picnic area
    • Williams River picnic area
  • Barbecue Facilities
    • Devils Hole campground
    • Gloucester River campground and picnic area
    • Gummi Falls campground
    • Honeysuckle picnic area
    • Horse Swamp campground
    • Jerusalem Creek picnic area
    • Junction Pools campground
    • Little Murray campground
    • Polblue campground and picnic area
    • Williams River picnic area
    • Wombat Creek campground

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

  • Alpine Safety Tips
  • Mobile Safety. Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency+ app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. There is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

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