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Burraga Swamp walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Burraga Swamp walking track is an adventurous walk offering rainforest and remote wilderness with spectacular scenic views in Barrington Tops National Park, near Chichester State Forest.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
2km return
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Burraga Swamp walking track can become boggy when it rains
  • This walk may also be closed at different times of the year due to weather or fires, so it’s advised to check with the local Gloucester NPWS office on (02) 6538 5300.
  • The weather in this area can be unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Nearest toilets and picnic facilities are located at Williams River picnic area and Allyn River State Forest campgrounds.

Burraga Swamp walking track is a beautiful stroll to an intriguing natural wonder in Barrington Tops National Park, near Chichester State Forest. It’s well worth the effort for dedicated nature enthusiasts to take a tour of this remote wilderness area. Thousands of years ago, a massive landslip occurred off the steep western side of Mount Lumeah. Over the years, the ledge that was formed has filled with sediment, creating a hanging swamp - Burraga.

Today, the delicate grasses and sedges of Burraga Swamp are in sharp contrast to the ancient rainforest of Antarctic beech around it. The organic matter left here over centuries is valuable historical evidence to help us understand and learn about past climate and vegetation.

The walking track itself climbs gently through the beech forest, across a small saddle, and down to the southern edge of the swamp. It’s a great spot for a secluded picnic and some serious photography. Retrace your steps and explore the nearby Williams River region and Williams River picnic area.

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) 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