Barrington Tops National Park includes the Barrington Tops Mountains which are part of the Mount Royal Range an offshoot of the Great Dividing Range. This wilderness area is part of the Gondwana Rainforest network which is part of the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. Barrington Tops National Park covers a massive space of 95,000 hectares. It is a must see destination and its mystical reputation precedes it. Because it is so fast, outlaws on the run have used it to evade authorities and planes have been lost inside it and never found. It is a beautiful example of unspoilt nature with a thriving community of plants and animals. In addition to that, it is a place you should see just because the Gondwana Rainforests serve as an example of the stages of Earth’s evolution. Camping here gives you a chance to stay in different environments and explore many different ecological systems. There are 9 different campgrounds where you can stay in the park and continue a relaxed holiday exploring the rainforests, sub-alpine forests, and lookout upon it all from above the clouds. Since the park is so big, we already featured a blog post with things to do in the park, the lookouts of the park, and the walking trails. This blog post will detail the different campgrounds you have to choose from.

Black Swamp campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Black Swamp Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Gummi Falls campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Gummi Falls Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Getting to Barrington Tops National Park

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Barrington Tops National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Barrington Tops Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Barrington Tops National Park is a World Heritage Site protected National Park that is just about a 3 and ½ hour (about 200 km) drive north of Sydney located in the Hunter Valley. It is located inland from the city of Forster on the coast. The closest car hire locations are Newcastle, Maitland, and Singleton  which are all just south of the park. You might fly into Newcastle Airport and hire a car there. If you are coming in from the north, Port Macquarie Airport car hire location  would be the closest from that direction. Having your own rental car allows you the luxury of spending time where you want for however long you want. There are no tour bus schedules and if you love someplace, you don’t have to leave. Our car hire staff also is available to offer up local driving tips, holiday ideas, maps, safety guidelines and more.

Campgrounds in Barrington Tops National Park

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Camping in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Camping out in the wilderness of Barrington Top National Park gets you close to nature. Not just any nature either, varying landscapes, climates, and elevations are there all in one park. If you plan to holiday in the park, you have 9 different campgrounds to choose from so your entire vacation can be spent hiking the trails and a chance to experience staying in different parts of the park. Follow all safety precautions when camping and hiking in this remote park. Let someone know where you are and when you are expected back. Bring your own supplies and drinking water and a bag to carry off your rubbish. A satellite phone is a great safety feature as cell service is likely not to be available. Remember the rule is to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. Here are the 9 campgrounds of Barrington Tops National Park.

  • Black Swamp Campground

Black Swamp campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Black Swamp Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Black Swamp Campground is located in the remote sub-alpine wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park. It is located between Scone and Gloucester. There are 5 campsites here; it is remote tent camping at its best. You can access the site by vehicle October through May. Camping here is free. The swamps in this high plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park have been declared as an endangered ecological community. The protected status here protects the ecology of the swamp as well as many of the threatened species that call it home such as the broad-toothed rat and the glandular frog. Watch and heed the signs regarding mould here. There is an invasive species of mould that rots the tree roots, so if the signs say to clean your shoes, that is the important reason why.

  • Devil’s Hole Campground and Picnic Area

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Devil’s Hole Campgrounds in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

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Devil’s Hole Campgrounds in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Devil’s Hole campground also has a picnic area, car park, toilets, and barbecue facilities. You can bring a camper trailer, camp near your vehicle, or pitch a tent here. There is a minimal camping fee of $5 per night for adults and $3 per night for children. The campgrounds are high up on the plateau at an altitude of 1,400 metres above sea level, one of the highest campgrounds in all of Australia. Sleep right next to the towering snow gums and listen to the night sounds of the owl calls as you fall asleep under the stars. Explore this important sheltered area for cold-climate woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife. The nearby lookouts: Thunderbolt’s Lookout and Devil’s Hole Lookout should not be missed.

  • Gloucester River Campground

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Gloucester River Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit:NationalParks.gov.au

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Gloucester River Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This campground offers 25 campsites for tents, camper trailer, and caravan or near your vehicle. The facilities include picnic tables, barbecue facilities, and toilets. The cost is $10 per night for adults and $5 per night for children. The Gloucester River is a beautiful and picturesque location on the eastern edge of Barrington Tops National Park. You will likely be able to spot many different bird species and other animals both night and day.

  • Gummi Falls Campground

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Gummi Falls Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Gummi Falls campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Gummi Falls Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Gummi Campgrounds are remote on the northern boundary of the park. It’s between Scone and Gloucester. There are only 5 campsites here and the camping types are tent, camper trailer, or near your vehicle. Fishing, horse riding, mountain biking are all available nearby. At night, stargazing is at its best.

  • Horse Swamp Campground

Horse Swamp campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Horse Swamp Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Horse Swamp campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Horse Swamp Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This campground has 5 campsites and the charge is $5 per night for adults and $3 per night for children. This is a remote camping spot situated high on the plateau of Barrington Tops National Park. The campsite is accessible by 4WD or mountain bike. There are many biking trails in this area. On your travels through the local trails look for wombats and eastern grey kangaroos.

  • Junction Pools Campground

Junction Pools campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Junction Pools Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Junction Pools campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Junction Pools Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Junction Pools Campground can only be accessed by 4 wheel drive vehicles on the Barrington Trail. It is only open from the beginning of October to the end of May. You can pitch a tent or sleep in a camper trailer. While staying at this campground, you can mountain bike the trails, go fishing or swimming. The cost is $5 per adult per night and $3 per child per night.

  • Little Murray Campground

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Little Murray Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Little Murray Campgorund, Barrington Tops National Park

Little Murray Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This is a wilderness getaway that will really take you away from it all. Only accessible by 4WD from October until the end of May, this is an opportunity to commune with nature. Unplug and listen to the birds sing, go hiking, biking, and fishing. The campsites have BBQ facilities, picnic tables, and toilets.

  • Polblue Campground

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Polblue Campground in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This is a perfect camping spot for families. It is spacious and the largest campground with 40 campsites. You can opt to camp in a camper trailer, caravan, or pitch a tent. The fee is $10 per adult per night and $5 per child per night. The campgrounds are well kept and have picnic tables, barbecue facilities and toilets. Polblue is situated up in subalpine woodland. Nearby is the Polblue Swamp walking track, which is easily navigated and enjoyed by the whole family.

  • Wombat Creek Campground

Wonbat Creek Campground, Barrington Tops National Park

Wombat Creek in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Wombat Creek is a rustic campground with 5 campsites. The camping is only set up for tents and it is free to stay. The unique habitat here is isolated, so it is home to some rare and endangered species. Be sure to walk the path to nearby Carey’s Peak lookout, the highest lookout in Barrington Tops National Park where you can see the sights from above the clouds.