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Link Trail - Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak

Barrington Tops National Park


Link trail – Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak offers a moderate walk or mountain bike trail and scenic views from Gloucester Tops to Barrington plateau, in Barrington Tops National Park.

Barrington Tops National Park
38km return
Time suggested
1 - 2 days
Grade 4
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toilets are located at Gloucester Falls picnic area and Wombat Creek campground
  • Only experienced bushwalkers should attempt to do this return walk in one day

When it’s time to get out of town and embrace the great outdoors, this spectacular walk in Barrington Tops National Park will have you singing its praises. Link trail – Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak connects famous Gloucester Tops with Barrington plateau, and is popular with experienced bushwalkers and mountain bikers alike.

Following a narrow tree-lined ridge that divides Kerrepit and Chichester Rivers, the moderate track passes several unique hanging swamps and forests of towering messmate and Antarctic beech. As you climb up towards the plateau, forests give way to sub-alpine snow gums. The steep climb to Careys Peak lookout rewards you with some of the most superb panoramic views in the park.

Perhaps you’ll want to rest those legs afterwards and stay overnight at Wombat Creek campground before heading back to rest at Gloucester Falls picnic area. Alternatively, a network of scenic walks offers the chance to explore the pristine high country.

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
    • 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
    • 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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Link trail, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government