We already told you about things to do in Barrington Tops National Park. Since the national park is so large, we can’t possibly show you everything about it in one blog post. So, we have developed a series just on massive 95,000 hectares Barrington Tops National Park. The park includes the Barrington Tops Mountains which are part of the Mount Royal Range an offshoot of the Great Dividing Range. In this post, we are going to tell you all about the many different walks in the park. There are many different walking trails, tracks, and circuits for the nature lover. The tracks range from easy, paved, short tracks to longer, multi-day tracks and mountain hikes for experienced bushwalkers only.

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Gloucester Falls Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Link Trail, Barrington Tops National Park

The Link Trail 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.

Walking Trails in Barrington Tops National Park

Honeysuckle Forest track, Barrington Tops National Park

Honeysuckle Forest Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

There are close to 20 walking tracks, trails, and circuits in Barrington Tops National Park. Walking through is the best way to see all of nature’s unspoilt treasures here. Many of the walks lead to lookouts, which you will read about in a minute after we tell you all about the trails, tracks, walks and circuits of Barrington Tops National Park. Remember to follow all safety guidelines. Wear the proper shoes and hiking gear, bring drinking water and all the supplies you will need during the hike. Wear sunscreen and don’t forget a garbage bag to pick up after yourself. Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Satellite phones are also a great safety tool. Remember the rule of taking nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

  • Aeroplane Hill Walking Track

Aeroplane Hill trail, Barrington Tops National Park

Aeroplane Hill Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This walking track is a medium grade track. It is 6 km long and takes approximately an hour and a half. Your head is quite literally in the clouds for the walk at 1,500 metre altitude. This is a very scenic trail with woodlands, wetlands, and Carey’s Peak Lookout.

  • Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track

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Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This track is a graded medium level and it takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to walk the 2.5 km loop. The Arctic Beech Forest offers up a peak into prehistoric Gondwana era with amazing views, gorgeous plant life, and really great birdwatching.

  • Blue Gum Loop Trail

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Blue Gum loop trail in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Blue Gum Loop Trail is rated an easy track. The loop is 3.5 km and you should allow 1 hour 30 minutes. You can book a guided tour from a volunteer or go on your own to see the rainforest, blue gum trees, the Williams River. Picnic facilities are nearby so you can have a lunch among the amazing scenic views.

  • Burraga Swamp Walking Track

The Burraga Swamp Walking Track is an easy rated track near Chichester State Forest. It is 1 km long and takes about 2 hours. If you like the remote wilderness, this trail is for you and you still get amazing scenic views of Barrington Tops too.

  • Carey’s Peak Walking Track

Careys Peak trail, Barrington Tops National Park

Carey’s Peak Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Carey’s Peak Walking Track is an easy track that covers 7 km. It takes about 2 hours to walk the track where you will find scenic views, birdwatching opportunities and see the sub-alpine region of Barrington Tops National Park near Scone.

  • Corker Trail

The Corker trail, Barrington Tops National Park

The Corker Trail in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This is a hard trail and is recommended for advanced and experienced bushwalkers only. It is a distance of 10km and estimated time to complete is 10 hrs. It is a challenging trail, but the rewards are amazing views and lush rainforest. The Wombat Creek Campground is a great place to spend the night and split this walk up into two days.

  • Devil’s Hole Lookout Walk and Picnic Area

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

The Devil’s Hole walk has a medium level of accessibility and is graded as easy. The walk is just .2 km and takes about 15 minutes. The lookout is definitely one in the true sense of the word because it positions you over the edge of Barrington Tops’ wilderness. The track is paved so it is wheelchair accessible. It meanders through the forested area from the Devil’s Hole campground and picnic area to the platform.

  • Gloucester Falls Walking Track

 

Gloucester Falls Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Gloucester Falls Walking Track is another easy track that leads you to views of waterfalls, mountains, scenic lookouts and chances for bird spotting. Allow one hour for the 1.5 km track.

  • Gloucester River Walking Track

 

Gloucester Falls Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Gloucester Falls Walking Track is rated easy and is a loop track that is 2.5km. Allow 1 hour to complete the walk which can be extended with some swimming and picnicking along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife too.

  • Gloucester Tops Circuit

 

The Gloucester Tops Circuit is a 7 km loop that is graded medium. You might spot swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos on this walk through the snow gum woodland. Don’t forget to stop for some amazing views from the clouds at the Andrew Laurie lookout.

  • Honeysuckle Forest Track

 

Honeysuckle Forest Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Honeysuckle Forest Track is a short track, but shouldn’t be missed. It’s just a 30 minute easy graded walk around the 1 km loop. Toilets and picnic facilities are nearby at the Honeysuckle picnic area. The walk allows you into the ancient rainforest in the northern section of Barrington Tops National Park.

  • Jerusalem Creek Trail

 

Jerusalem Creek Walking Trail in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Jerusalem Creek Walking Trail is near Dungog. It is a medium level walk that is 2 km long and takes about 1 hour. This section is subtropical rainforest filled with creeks and waterfalls. Stop for a picnic lunch at the Jerusalem Creek picnic area.

  • Link Trail – Gloucester Tops to Carey’s Peak

 

The Link Trail in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The Link Trail – Gloucester Tops to Carey’s Peak is a medium level trail over 19 km. Suggested time is 6 hours. Bring your binoculars for some excellent bird watching along the way. You can also expect to see unique hanging swamps; the forest trees include towering messmate, Antarctic beech, and sub-alpine snow gums. It is recommended that only experienced bushwalkers attempt to do this return walk in one day. Remember to follow safety guidelines for longer walks.

  • Mountaineer – Glowang Trail

 

Mountaineer-Glowang Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This medium rated track takes most of the day at 5 hours, it is 15 km long. You will cover a lot of ground and get to see varying landscapes in the southern region of Barrington Tops National Park.

  • River Walking Track

 

River Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

The River Walking Track is one of many family-friendly walking tracks in Barrington Tops National Park. The whole family can enjoy spending time together exploring the shallow valley in Gloucester Tops. Have fun looking for wombats, wildlife and viewing the wildflowers.

  • Sharpe’s Creek Walking Track

 

Sharpe’s Creek Walking Track in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

Sharpe’s Creek Walking track is a more challenging, medium grade walking track. It is a 4.5 km loop and takes about 2 hours to complete. Take in the scenery that includes rivers, rainforests, and gums. The track crosses the creek a few times. Keep your eyes peeled for platypus and eastern water dragons.

  • Rocky Crossing Walk

The Rocky Crossing Walk is a medium grade, 8 km walk that takes about 5 hours. You can plan a picnic break along the way at either the Williams River picnic area or the Lagoon Pinch picnic area. The walk is near Dungog in the southern, subtropical rainforest section of Barrington Tops National Park.

  • Polblue Swamp Track

The Polblue Swamp Track is an easy 3 km loop track that takes about an hour and 30 minutes. This track journeys through the wetlands and high altitudes of the forests of the Barrington Tops Plateau. Some of the trees you will see include black sally, snow gums and the towering mountain gums.

  • Thunderbolt’s Lookout Walk

 

Thunderbolt’s Lookout Walk in Barrington Tops National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.gov.au

This track takes you to one of the favourite lookouts in Barrington Tops National Park takes you through the Antarctic beech trees over the moss carpeted forest floor with views of the Moppy River below and Mount Carson off in the distance. Watch the skies for wedge-tailed eagles.

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