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Aeroplane Hill walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Aeroplane Hill walking track offers scenic views, wildlife, and wetlands in the sub-alpine region of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
6km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Please note

  • Barrington trail is open to vehicles from 1 October–31 May
  • Check the weather or contact NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 before you set out. Access via Barrington trail to Aeroplane Hill walking track, may be closed at other times of year due to snow, ice and rain.
  • Weather can change quickly and dramatically in the plateau region, so please ensure you arrive well-prepared.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • A water-based mould (Phytophthora cinnamomi) is prevalent in this area. The mould attacks the roots of plants causing them to rot, causing a dieback of trees and plants. Efforts are in place to contain the area of contamination north of Black Swamp. Assist the long-term containment of the mould by cleaning your shoes before and after entering this region.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

At an altitude of 1,500m, you’ll have your head in the clouds on this high country track that captures the rare beauty of the plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester. From Junction Pools campground, Aeroplane Hill walking track takes in scenic woodlands and wetlands linking with spectacular Careys Peak lookout, where you can gaze out at views to the coast.

Crossing Barrington River, you’ll pass through snow grass studded with snow and mountain gums. Approaching Black Swamp campground, notice how the landscape changes, giving way to sedges. This unique sub-alpine area is a hotbed for rare and threatened species of plants and wildlife, with some only found in this region, such as the broad-toothed rat and several rare ground orchids.

Pitch your tent at walk-in Wombat Creek campground and enjoy a night under the stars, or retrace your steps to your car.

Take a virtual tour of Aeroplane Hill walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Barrington Tops National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Barrington Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Gloucester
      (02) 6538 5300
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 59 Church Street, Gloucester NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6558 2476
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    • Nelson Bay
      (02) 4984 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4981 5918
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    • Scone
      (02) 6545 1128
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 20 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
    • Fax: (02) 6545 1912
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Aeroplane Hill trail, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government