This rugged park is full of contrasts.
Carved out of an ancient volcano, it rises from near sea level to over 1500m. In the lower valleys, you'll find World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforests. Up on the plateau, there is sub-alpine woodland which regularly sees snow in winter.Most of the area is declared wilderness, and it's a well-known destination for bushwalkers. But the park is accessible even to those with limited mobility.
Its excellent track network extends from short, easy walks to steep overnight treks.The park's varied environments are home to a wide range of plants and animals, and it protects more than 50 rare or threatened species. In this area, many northern and southern plants meet the limit of their range.
This park is near...
- Dungog (37 km, 40 minutes)
- Gloucester (42 km, 45 minutes)
- Scone (100 km, 75 minutes)
- Sydney (320 km)
To get to the Gloucester River camping area and Gloucester Tops day use area, take the Bucketts Way south from Gloucester. After 9km, turn on to Gloucester Tops Road and follow the signs to Gloucester Tops - 33 km from Bucketts Way. Although more than half of Gloucester Tops Road is unsealed, it's 2WD-accessible. There are a number of causeways to cross which may be impassable after heavy rain. Road quality: Unpaved sections.
The Williams River area is 68km from the Gloucester River camping area. You can get to it from Dungog. Travel out along the Chichester Dam Road for about 10km , then turn onto Salisbury Road and travel for about 27km, where you'll find the Williams River picnic area. Chichester Dam Road and Salisbury Road are both sealed, and there's only a short section of gravel road at the end, suitable for 2WD vehicles. Other access roads in the area are also good quality gravel. Road quality: Unpaved sections.
The interesting Burraga Swamp area is about 1.5 hours drive from the Williams River picnic area, along the Mt Allyn Forest Road. It's a winding gravel road, but is suitable for 2WD. Road quality: unpaved sections To get to the Barrington Tops Plateau area, use Barrington Tops Forest Road between Gloucester and Scone. Though the road is a mixture of paved and unpaved, it's still suitable for 2WD vehicles. You'll find the Devils Hole picnic and camping area along this road, about 90 minutes drive from Gloucester and 90 minutes drive from Scone. Road quality: unpaved sections
Park opening hours:
The Barrington Trail (the 4WD trail from Barrington Tops Forest Road to Mount Barrington) is closed each year between 1 June and 30 September. This and other trails may be closed at other times of year, as a result of weather conditions (such as high rainfall or snow).