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Gloucester Falls walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Short and easy Gloucester Falls walking track, with waterfall views, scenic lookouts, and birdwatching opportunities, makes for a great family day trip to Barrington Tops National Park.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
1.5km
Time suggested
1hr
Grading
Easy
Price
Free
Please note
  • 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

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 5913
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    • Scone
      (02) 6540 2300
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 137 Kelly Street, Scone NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6545 9475
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Gloucester Falls track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government