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Gloucester Falls walking track

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Alerts for Barrington Tops National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“The kids couldn’t stop talking about the waterfall. It beat all those videogames back home, hands down.”

When you’re hankering to get out of town, Gloucester Falls walking track is a perfect family day trip to the magnificent Gloucester Tops area in Barrington Tops National Park, near Gloucester. The kids will love the change of scenery with wonderful views of spectacular forests, mountains, and waterfalls on this short and easy walk.

From Gloucester Falls picnic area, the track leads through sub-alpine woodlands of snow gums to Andrew Laurie lookout where you can gaze across Gloucester River, and rugged tree-lined gorges to the Mountaineer peak in the east. A second lookout offers scenic vistas of the picturesque Gloucester Falls where the river plunges over the plateau to the valley below. The twin drops are breathtaking after rain.

If you’re still keen to explore the wild and beautiful Tops region, try nearby Antarctic Beech Forest walking track or combine all the routes on Gloucester Tops circuit.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Gloucester Falls walking track starts at Gloucester Falls picnic area is in the Gloucester Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • From Bucketts Way, between Gloucester and Stroud.
  • Turn into Gloucester Tops Road and continue to Gloucester River
  • Continue past the river for approximately 40 minutes
  • Take the left fork to Gloucester Tops picnic area
  • Turn left here and continue to Gloucester Falls picnic area

Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Gloucester Falls picnic area.

Important info

Distance:

1.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1 hour each way

Difficulty:

Easy

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out, remember to take a hat and bring plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong currents may be present in Gloucester River – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during periods of wet weather
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Gloucester Falls picnic area

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- Alerts

Barrington Tops National Park

closed areas

Gloucester Falls walking track partially closed - Gloucester Falls walking track
Due to severe damage from an uprooted tree, Gloucester Falls walking track in Barrington Tops National Park remains temporarily closed. Visitors can still access the lookouts. For more information, please contact the Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 

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Gloucester Falls track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government