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Blue Gum loop trail

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

A medium length walk, Blue Gum loop trail passes outstanding rainforest and blue gums near Williams River, offering picnicking and scenic views in Barrington Tops National Park near Dungog.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
3.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Bookings
Volunteer guided tours are available for this trail. Please contact Dungog Visitor Centre on (02) 4992 2212 for further details.
Please note

  • Strong currents may be present along Williams River – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • 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

This delightful track offers a soothing riverside walk through patches of untouched forest in Barrington Tops National Park. From Williams River picnic area, Blue Gum loop trail crosses the magnificent Williams River, winding past cascades, eucalypts, and rainforest before joining the southern end of Rocky Crossing walk.

While crossing a high steel span bridge, stop to take in the beautiful views of the river. Passing through vigorous young Sydney blue gums, you’ll see signs of past logging along the track. Further on, a short detour leads to scenic Fern Creek cascades, where you might be tempted to unroll the picnic blanket.

Back across the river, the track enters an enchanting patch of ancient rainforest. Be sure to look high in the moss-covered branches for birds nest ferns and orchids. Nearing the end of the path, huge Sydney blue gums soar above, with several short detours leading to secluded river spots, such as Crystal Pools. Round off your walk with a refreshing swim.

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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Moss covered rocks. Photo: John Spencer