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Gloucester Falls walking track

Important information

Alerts for Barrington Tops National Park: closed areas


Updated: 27/03/2015 02:23 PM

“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.

Take a virtual tour of Gloucester Falls walking track on Google Street View.


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 is available at Gloucester Falls picnic area.

Important info


1.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1 hour each way



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
Due to severe damage from an uprooted tree, the loop walk at Gloucester Falls in Barrington Tops National Park remains temporarily closed. Visitors can still access the lookouts. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Gloucester Falls walking track, Gloucester Tops circuit
Vehicle Access to Mount Barrington past Junction Pools
Due to the recent weather conditions, the last 5km of the Barrington trail (south) past Junction Pools turn-off is closed to all vehicle traffic. Visitors can still access Mount Barrington picnic area either on foot or by cycling this section of the trail. This closure does not affect the vehicle access to either Little Murray campground or Junction Pools campground. For further information and updates on the trail condition contact either Gloucester NPWS office (02) 6538 5300 or Scone NPWS office on (02) 6540 2300.
Winter road conditions in Barrington Tops
Visitors are advised to be prepared for extreme weather and driving conditions when visiting Barrington Tops over the winter months. As a bare minimum people should take with them:

  • Additional warm clothing
  • Food and water sufficient for all members of the party for the duration of the stay – with some reserve for unforseen circumstances
  • 3G or equivalent telephone capable of transmitting from remote areas (be aware that phone reception is extremely unreliable in most areas of the Barrington wilderness)
Additionally, walkers are advised only to attempt trips within the capability of their equipment and experience and to carry:
  • Up to date maps
  • Compass and/or hand held GPS
  • Suitable footwear
All people entering remote areas, whether by vehicle or on foot, should inform a family member or other responsible person of their travel plans and expected date and time of return. Visitors are also reminded that condition of the roads in Barrington Tops National Park can vary, depending on weather and level of use. This includes Barrington Tops Forest Road, which at times can be corrugated with potholes. Motorists are advised to be prepared for variable road conditions at all times, and to drive carefully according to conditions, includes reducing speed. For more information contact Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6558 1408, Scone Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6540 1300, or call National Parks and Wildlife at Gloucester on (02) 6538 5300 / Scone on (02) 6540 2300.

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