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Gloucester Tops circuit

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Walk through open snow gum woodland to the Andrew Laurie lookout, along the Gloucester Tops circuit. Look out for swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos along the way.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
7km loop
Time suggested
4hrs
Grading
Medium
Price
Free
Please note
  • 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

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.

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 5918
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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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Yellow flower. Phtoo:John Spencer