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Top National Park Walks: Barrington Tops

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2018
Explore the beauty of National Parks by foot
New South Wales is home to more than 870 National Parks covering more than 7 million hectares of land, making walking in National Parks an absolute must for nature enthusiasts.

Barrington Tops National Park is situated near Gloucester and is located around 200km from the Hunter Valley.

Enjoy a stroll, easy walk or strenuous hike at the spectacular and ancient Barrington Tops National Park


It is home to World Heritage-Listed Rainforests, sub-alpine woodland, wildlife including wallabies and lyrebirds, swimming holes and of course some of the best walking trails to be found in NSW- offering crisscross tracks through thepark, sweeping views and hidden swimming holes.

The below list features easy and family-friendly day walks and multi-hike walks suited for all fitness levels:

1. Aeroplane Hill Walking Track
Distance: 6km one-way (1 ½ to 2 ½hr)
Grade: 4
Details: This walking track offers scenic views, wildlife spotting, woodlands and wetlands in the sub-alpine region. Here you will also find the spectacular Careys Peak Lookout, where you can gaze out at the views to the coast. Click here for the website.



2. Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track
Distance: 2.5km loop (1-1 ½ hr)
Grade: 3 medium track
Details: With rainforest, cascades, scenic views and bird-watching opportunities, this walking track is one not to miss out on whilst visiting Barrington Tops National Park. This lush landscape is a prehistoric Gondwana era. Click here for the website.



3. Blue Gum Loop Trail
Distance: 3.5km (1 ½ - 2 ½ hr)
Grade: 3 medium track
Details: This walk passes through spectacular rainforest and blue gums near Williams River with offerings of picnic spots and scenic views. The track offers a soothing riverside walk through patches of untouched forest winding past cascades, eucalypts and rainforest. Back across the river, the track enters through an enchanting patch of ancient rainforest with moss-covered branches and several short detours along the track, including the secluded river spots such as Crystal Pools. Click here for the website.

Barrington Tops National Park is home to an array of different nature scenery, making this National Park a must visit!


4. Burraga Swamp Walking Track
Distance: 2km (30 minutes to 1hr)
Grade: 4
Details: This swamp walking track is an adventure walk with offerings of rainforest and remote wilderness with spectacular scenic views of Barrington Top National Park and Chichester State Forest. This walk makes a wonderful attraction for nature enthusiasts with its remote wilderness and hanging swamp. The walking track climbs through beech forest across a small saddle down to the southern edge of the swamp.
Click here for the website.



5. Careys Peak Walking Track
Distance: 14km (12hrs to 1 day)
Grade: 4
Details: This easy walking track offers picnic and birdwatching opportunities, historic heritage in the sub-alpine region and the spectacular high country of Barrington Tops National Park and leads to Careys Peak Lookout. The track winds through woodland plateau country of majestic snow and mountain gums. Antarctic beech trees and remnants of ancient Gondwana rainforests can be seen here too. Careys Peak Hut can be found on your way to the summit. Click here for the website.



6. Corker Trail
Distance: 20km return (1-2 days)
Grade: 4
Details: This challenging trail features a hard mountain track with breathtaking scenic views. This high altitude, high-octane adventure walk is suited for fit and experienced bushwalkers. The walk is rugged mountain country and the track follows the ridgeline from Lagoon Pinch Picnic Area to Careys Peak on the Barrington Plateau. It winds through a variety of vegetation, open woodlands, lush rainforests to cool temperate stands of Antarctic beech. You can pitch a tent at Wombat Creek Campground. Click here for the website.

Discover the many different trails and paths across the National Park


7. Devils Hole Lookout Walk & Picnic Area
Distance: 300 metres return (5-15 minutes)
Grade: 1
Details: You will find an array of scenic views via this easy wheelchair and pram accessible track. The track makes you feel like you are standing on the edge of the world! It is a paved easy track winding to a lookout platform with views of snow-grassed montane woodland, dense forests, wild gorges, and ridges. On a clear day, views extend to the coast, over 90km to the east. Click here for the website.

Be in awe with the many breathtaking views that can be found at this National Park.


8. Gloucester Falls Walking Trail
Distance: 1.8km loop (1- 1 ½ hours)
Grade: 3
Details: This short and easy family-friendly walking track features waterfall views, scenic lookouts, birdwatching opportunities. The walking trail leads through sub-alpine woodlands of snow gums to Andrew Laurie Lookout, rugged tree-lined gorges, and scenic vistas of the amazing Gloucester Falls. Click here for the website.

Check out the falls on the Gloucester Falls Walking Trail.


9. Gloucester River Walking Track
Distance: 2.5km loop (1-1 ½ hours)
Grade: 4
Details: You will see an array of spectacular scenic views, wildlife, birdwatching opportunities, swimming and picnicking opportunities on this family-friendly walk. You will also discover a rich nature wonderland with nearby gullies and crossing the river before climbing uphill through paperbarks and towering Sydney blue gums. Click here the for website.



10. Gloucester Tops Circuit
Distance: 8km loop (3-5 hours)
Grade: 4
Details: This walk leads you through stunning snow gum woodland and ancient rainforest with lookouts and waterfalls along the walk. This Loop Walk combines 3 popular scenic walks in the National Park. Click here for the website.

Barrington Tops National Park is home to a few bridges set among lush stunning forests.


11. Honeysuckle Forest Track
Distance: 1 km loop (15-45 minutes)
Grade: 4
Details: This short and wonderful track offers splendid views through Antarctic beech and ancient rainforest. Discover the plateau region as you pass through soft tree ferns, beech orchid, moss-covered trunks and tall mountain banksias, also known as honeysuckle. Click here for the website.

Walk among towering ancient trees.


12. Jerusalem Creek Trail
Distance: 2km return (1- 1 ½ hours)
Grade: 4
Details: This medium walking trail offers rainforest lookouts, waterfalls and birdwatching opportunities. The walk also takes you through large sections of protected temperate and subtropical rainforest in Australia, passing waterfalls and creeks. Click here for the website.

Keep an eye out for interesting tree trunks


13. Link Trail
Distance: 38km (1-2 days)
Grade: 4
Details: This moderate walk or mountain bike trail offers scenic views, and it is a wonderful walk to embrace the stunning natural beauty of Barrington National Park. The walk follows a narrow tree-lined ridge passing several unique hanging swamps and forests of towering messmate and Antarctic beech. Click here for the website.

The are many plants, shrubs, trees & flowers to admire and discover across all the walks.


14. Mountaineer-Glowang Trail
Distance: 15km one way (12hrs-1 day)
Grade: 4
Details: This challenging walk offers spectacular mountain views across the Gloucester Tops wilderness. This day-long walk winds through a stunning array of landscapes, highlighting the best on offer in the southern region of the National Park. The walk also passes through lush bushland and rainforests before climbing steeply to admire the beautiful views of the deep Gloucester River Gorge, then descends to woodlands arriving at Gloucester Tops Picnic Area for a well-deserved break. Click here for the website.

Discover ancient trees and trees from the old logging days.


15. River Walking Track
Distance: 2.5km one way (1- 1 ½ hours)
Grade: 4
Details: This family-friendly walk allows for wildlife spotting including wombats, kangaroos, wallabies and other wildlife. It is also a wonderful walk for bird enthusiasts. This easy track heads west into a shallow valley, passing snow and mountain gums and a stop for a break might allow you to see wildlife! Click here for the website.

There will be plenty of river crossing opportunities throughout the National Park to enjoy.


16. Sharpes Creek Walking Track
Distance: 4.5km loop (1 ½ - 2 ½ hours)
Grade: 4
Details: This moderate walk will awaken all senses. The walking track combines a nature overload with river, rainforest, gums, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities. The walk crosses the creek several times, so do keep an eye out for the shy platypus and eastern water dragons. The track also winds up through the valley through lush rainforest. Click here for the website.

There are plenty of hidden gems to discover on all the walks across the National Park.


17. Rocky Crossing Walk
Distance: 16km return (5-8 hours)
Grade: 4
Details: This challenging subtropical walk crosses Williams River, lush rainforest with opportunities for wildlife spotting and birdwatching. The walk offers splendid views as you pass along a dense forest of towering trees. You will notice the regeneration of young Sydney blue gums growing amongst the older trees, evidence of the logging past and fires. Click here for the website.

Do not forget to look up to the stunning canopies!


18. Polblue Swamp Track
Distance: 3km loop ( 30min- 1 hour)
Grade: 3
Details: This high altitude wetlands walk is short and easy. On the walk, you will notice smooth dark trunks of black sally, snow gums with scribbles on their bark and towering mountain gums. Wildlife spotting can also be enjoyed on this walk. Click here for the website.

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Why? A perfect way to explore National Parks
When: All year round
Where: Barrington Tops National Park - see above websites for locations
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Brilliant, will definitely do some of these
by jajsh (score: 2|148) 396 days ago
Thank you, jajsh :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|468) 396 days ago
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