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Honeysuckle Forest track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Short and sweet Honeysuckle Forest track offers scenic views through Antarctic beech, rainforest, and car touring in Barrington Tops National Park, between Gloucester and Scone.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
1km loop
Time suggested
15 - 45min
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 take plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Honeysuckle Forest walking track can be affected by snow and ice
  • 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.

Honeysuckle Forest walking track is a delightful amble taking in the ancient rainforest in the northern section of Barrington Tops National Park, west of Gloucester. A perfect introduction to the plateau region, this easy walk from Honeysuckle picnic area is ideal, whether you’re into high mountain adventuring or taking a leisurely car tour on the plateau.

Passing through magnificent Antarctic beech forest with thickets of soft tree ferns, have a look for the beech orchid that grows in its upper branches. The moss covered trunks are a spectacular sight in the misty rain. Rainforest gives way to open forests of brown barrel with an understory of tall mountain banksia, also known as honeysuckle.

The crisp mountain air might stimulate your appetite, so unpack a picnic hamper and enjoy a relaxing lunch. If you’re hungry for scenic views, try Thunderbolts lookout and Devils Hole lookout walk and 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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Honeysuckle Forest track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government