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Discover the Barrington Tops

Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington NPCREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

Man enjoying a walk to Thunderbolts Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Discover the
Barrington Tops

Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington NP CREDIT: Don Fuchs; Destination NSW

Man enjoying a walk to Thunderbolts Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park to discover ancient rainforest, breathtaking waterfalls and superb views as far as the eye can see. There are few rainforests anywhere in the world that are easier to reach — the park is located a three-hour drive north of Sydney. 

A bushwalker’s paradise 

Barrington Tops National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, which can be explored via a network of short, easy walks and steep, mountain treks that criss-cross the terrain. Stretch your legs on the one-hour walking loop around the Polblue Swamp to see the park’s largest waterfall or try the riverside Blue Gum loop trail (3.5km) starting from Williams River picnic area. For beginners, the short walking track to Thunderbolts lookout (2km) takes in panoramic views. For a more challenging hike, the 20km Corker Trail winds through woodlands, rainforest and Antarctic beech offering a high-octane adventure along the ridgeline. If you’re visiting during summer, swim in the shallows of Ladies Well in the foothills of Barrington Tops, basking in the chilled waters of Allyn River among granite boulders and lush forest. 

Join active adventures  

Take in breathtaking scenery on a guided mountain bike tour with Aussie Bike or Hike. This day ride through Barrington Tops covers a distance of 50 to 60km along dirt roads, passing picturesque mountain scenery and vast open countryside. There are stops along the way at lookouts and creeks, with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. You can also get your heart racing with a self-guided canoeing or kayaking tour on the Barrington River with Barrington Outdoor Adventures. On the half-day tour, you’ll paddle over gently flowing water, traversing Grade 1 rapids such as The Drop and The Hook. Suitable for kids, this experience is a great way for the family to experience the beauty of the World Heritage wilderness.  

Corker Trail, Barrington Coast NSW CREDIT: Catherine Boyd and Destination Barrington Coast

Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Corker Trail, Barrington Coast NSW CREDIT: Catherine Boyd and Destination Barrington Coast

Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park CREDIT: Beth Miller and Destination Barrington Coast

Woman hiking in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park CREDIT: Beth Miller and Destination Barrington Coast

Woman hiking in Barrington Tops National Park.

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Visit quaint country towns rich in history 

Barrington Tops Nationals Park sits between Scone, Dungog and Gloucester. Wander along Dungog’s main street, with its historic buildings such as the Dungog Museum, housed within the former School of Arts (1898), and the Spanish Mission-style James Theatre. In Gloucester, you can swim in the river, visit cellar doors such as Villa d’Esta Winery, Tugwood Winery and Gloucester River Wines and sample seasonal produce at the Gloucester Farmers Market, held on the second Saturday of the month. Walk around the picturesque village of Stroud, with its convict-era buildings dating back to the 1820s and 1830s. Follow the Heritage Walk to see preserved buildings such as the Post Office (1884) and Court House (1876).

Enjoy a picnic and spot local wildlife  

The varied plant life in the park means it plays host to an incredible diversity of wildlife. From kangaroos and wallabies on its grass flats to platypus in the rivers, koalas and possums in thick woods and valleys and brush turkey and lyrebirds in the rainforest. Pack your lunch and enjoy a picnic in one of the park’s many scenic spots, including Gloucester Falls, Honeysuckle, Jerusalem Creek or Polblue Falls, keeping an eye out for some fury friends. 

Sleep amongst nature  

There are a several camping grounds throughout the park, offering easy access to activities including 4WD trails, fishing, mountain biking, walking and more. For something a little more luxurious, book a stay at beautifully appointed and eco-friendly The Ridge Gloucester. The House is great for families or groups, while the Eco-Cabin makes for the perfect romantic getaway surrounded by nature.   

Dungog's surrounding areas, Dungog CREDIT: Destination NSW

Alpacas in the scenic countryside surrounding Dungog.

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Dungog's surrounding areas, Dungog CREDIT: Destination NSW

Alpacas in the scenic countryside surrounding Dungog.

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Gloucester Tops, Barrington Tops National Park CREDIT: Destination Barrington Coast

Two women hiking the Gloucester Tops circuit in Barrington Tops National Park

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Gloucester Tops, Barrington Tops National Park CREDIT: Destination Barrington Coast

Two women hiking the Gloucester Tops circuit in Barrington Tops National Park

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