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Gloucester Tops circuit

“We’d never been before so we did the Gloucester Tops circuit to see as much as we could. I just loved the Antarctic Beech Forest and the amazing Gloucester Falls.”

The Gloucester Tops circuit combines three popular and scenic walks in Barrington Tops National Park into a longer 7km circuit. It’s an excellent option for a shorter day walk and a great walk to get a sense of the astonishing diversity within the Gloucester Tops precinct of the park.

Setting out from Gloucester Falls picnic area along Gloucester Falls walking track you’ll walk through open snow gum woodland to Andrew Laurie lookout on the edge of the escarpment and on to Gloucester Falls lookout. Taking the River walking track, you’ll wander amid sub-alpine woodland. Look out for swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos along this walk, and in summer, the bluebells, rice flowers and billy buttons are an extra treat. The Antarctic Beech Forest walking track features cool temperate rainforest with the canopy of Antarctic beech towering above the tree ferns and damp carpet of moss on the forest floor.

As you walk each track together or individually, keep in mind that you are walking through part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This landscape is millions of years old and plays a critical role in protecting rare and threatened species and sustaining vital resources.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Gloucester Tops circuit 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

Alternatively, the circuit can also be started from:

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Gloucester Falls picnic area.

Important info

Distance:

7km (loop)

Time suggested:

4 hours

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS
  • The weather in this area can be unpredictable, please ensure you are well prepared for your visit
  • Check the weather before setting out as the road to Polblue campground may close in heavy rain. Cold weather (including snow) can occur at any time of the year
  • There are picnic and barbecue facilities at Gloucester Tops picnic area

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Yellow flower. Phtoo:John Spencer