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Gloucester River walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Gloucester River walking track offers scenic views, walking, swimming, picnicking, wildlife, and birdwatching in Barrington Tops National Park, near Gloucester.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
2.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out, remember to take a hat and plenty of water.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
  • Strong currents may be present at Gloucester River – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • This walk involves wading across Gloucester River, so it is advised not to attempt this during times of heavy rain as the river can rise quickly.
  • 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.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during periods of wet weather
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

This track is an ideal walk for your next family getaway, and the rich nature wonderland is perfect for budding David Attenboroughs. Starting at Gloucester River campground, this walking track takes in the scenic river and nearby gullies, with great views, and plenty of chances for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Crossing the river, look for the shy platypus and long-necked tortoise before climbing uphill through paperbarks and towering Sydney blue gums. The cries of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos above the canopy often mingle with the ever-present sound of rushing rapids from below. You may hear the piping shrill of lyrebirds, and see the tell-tale signs of a satin bower bird nest.

Round off your walk with a swim and a riverside picnic and, if you’re hooked, make a weekend of it by camping overnight at Gloucester River campground and in the morning set out along Sharpes Creek walking track.

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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Gloucester River track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government