Introducing Barrington Tops National Park
On top of the world – well, the Hunter – this park is a World Heritage wilderness lying on the rugged Barrington Plateau, which rises to almost 1600m. Northern rainforest butts into southern sclerophyll here, creating one of Australia’s most diverse ecosystems, with giant strangler figs, mossy Antarctic beech forests, limpid rainforest swimming holes and pocket-sized pademelons (note: it is illegal to put pademelons in your pocket).
Bushwalks, mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, fishing and 4WDing are the order of the day here. The Barrington Trail is particularly popular for 4WDing, but it’s closed during winter. Be prepared for cold snaps, and even snow, at any time.
Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (
Camping is possible throughout the park. The most popular grounds are at Gloucester River ($8), but there’s free camping at Devils Hole, Little Murray and Junction Pools, although you need a 4WD to get there.
Alternatively, Barrington Wilderness Retreat (
The park can be accessed from Scone, Dungog and Gloucester. For more information contact Gloucester NPWS (