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Mount Barrington picnic area

Barrington Tops National Park


Mount Barrington picnic area offers scenic mountain views, walking, mountain biking, and birdwatching in Barrington Tops National Park, near Scone.

Picnic areas
Barrington Tops National Park
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Barrington trail is open to vehicles from 1 October to 31 May
  • Check the weather, or contact Gloucester NPWS on (02) 6538 5300 or Scone NPWS on (02) 6540 2300, before you set out, as access via Barrington trail, to Mount Barrington picnic area ay 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.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

High in the ‘tops’ region of Barrington Tops National Park, Mount Barrington picnic area offers spellbinding views over the vast mountain ranges and the western fall of Barrington World Heritage wilderness park. While it’s not a formal lookout, you’ll still enjoy a ‘top of the world’ feeling as you soak in the scenery.

This spot is a fabulous base for exploring the sub-alpine region, whether you’re planning a camping holiday to Wombat Creek campground or a day walk along Careys Peak walking track. Or simply relish the impact of the crisp mountain air on your appetite and enjoy a picnic.

If you’re into birdwatching, be sure to look for flame robins and Richards pipets flitting among the branches of the snow gums. The nearby trails are also popular for mountain biking.

Take a virtual tour of Mount Barrington picnic area 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
    • 20 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
    • Fax: (02) 6545 1912
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Mount Barrington picnic area, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government