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Careys Peak walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Easy Careys Peak walking track offers picnicking, scenic views, birdwatching, and historic heritage in the sub-alpine region of Barrington National Park, near Scone.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
14km return
Time suggested
12hrs - 1 day
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Barrington trail is open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • The nearest toilets are located at Wombat Creek campground

For an invigorating walk in the spectacular high country of Barrington Tops National Park, between Scone and Gloucester, you can’t miss Careys Peak walking track. The walk leads from Mount Barrington picnic area, along the eastern rim of the escarpment, to Careys Peak lookout.

This track winds through the wooded plateau country of majestic snow and mountain gums. Antarctic beech trees and remnants of the ancient Gondwana rainforests emerge over the edge of the cliff tops in several spots. Be sure to check out historic Careys Peak hut on your way to the summit.

Unpack a picnic lunch at the lookout and enjoy priceless views across the Barrington wilderness and Hunter Valley. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a wedge-tailed eagle surfing the thermals above the valley.

Take a virtual tour of Careys Peak walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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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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Careys Peak trail, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government