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Thunderbolts lookout

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

The short and easy walking track to Thunderbolts lookout offers scenic mountain views across the plateau region of Barrington Tops National Park wilderness, between Scone and Gloucester.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

  • Take extra care with small children near the lookout guard rail
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Thunderbolts lookout can be affected by snow and ice
  • Toilets and picnic facilities area located at nearby Devils Hole and Honeysuckle picnic areas
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Once a popular spot for bushrangers, it’s now visitors to Barrington Tops National Park who benefit from magnificent views at Thunderbolts lookout, near Scone. This short and easy walk will delight the senses as you gaze across World Heritage Barrington wilderness. It’s a perfect introduction to the unique delights of the plateau country, on a car touring day trip or camping holiday.

Passing through a majestic stand of Antarctic beech trees, where moss carpets the forest floor, look for delicate orchids high in the branches as you make your way to the lookout. Soak in the spectacular vista of the deep valley leading to Moppy River below and Mount Carson beyond. Wedge-tailed eagles often circle in the skies above, looking for prey.

When you’re ready for a bite, head to Honeysuckle picnic area for a leisurely lunch. If you’re hankering for a night under the stars, try nearby Devils Hole campground and picnic area.

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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View from Thunderbolt's lookout, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund