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Careys Peak lookout

Barrington Tops National Park


Walk-in Careys Peak lookout offers scenic mountain views and picnicking for experienced walkers in World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park.

Barrington Tops National Park
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Check the weather before you set off as access via Barrington trail to Careys Peak may be closed due to snow, ice, and wet weather conditions.

You’ll feel on top of the world gazing across the rugged gorges and dramatic mountain ranges of Barrington Tops National Park from Careys Peak lookout. At 1,544m, this walk-in lookout is one of the highest points in the park and a popular destination for bushwalkers, via Careys Peak walking track.

From the summit, you’ll be standing on the edge of the plateau, surrounded by World Heritage-listed wilderness. Notice how the steep ridges run south like the fingers of an outstretched hand. On a clear day, you can see from the Blue Mountains across to the Stockton sand dunes near Newcastle.

Enjoy a well-earned picnic stop, with a spectacular backdrop, before heading back by walking track to Mount Barrington picnic area. If you want to make a weekend of it, it’s a medium walk to Wombat Creek campground or Black Swamp campground for a high-altitude evening beneath the stars.

Take a virtual tour of Careys Peak lookout 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
    • 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
    • Scone
      (02) 6545 1128
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 19 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
    • Fax: (02) 6545 1912
See more visitor info
Careys Peak trail, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government