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Mountaineer-Glowang trail

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Moderate Mountaineer-Glowang trail, near Wangat Road, offers scenic mountain views across Gloucester Tops wilderness in Barrington Tops National Park, between Gloucester and Dungog.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
15km one-way
Time suggested
12hrs - 1 day
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat.
  • There is limited or no drinking water on the ridge so ensure you bring enough for your trip.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Mountaineer-Glowang trail can become boggy when it rains.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.

Pining to get outdoors? If you love a challenging walk with spectacular views across pristine wilderness, then look no further than Mountaineer-Glowang trail. This day-long walk, from Wangat Road, winds through a spectacular array of landscapes, highlighting the best on offer in the southern region of Barrington Tops National Park.

It’s all mountain peaks and majestic views as you follow a rippling ridgeline. You’ll climb several peaks along this track, including The Mountaineer, with plenty of inspiring views across the vast wilderness region. Passing through blue gum, messmate, and Antarctic beech forests, you’ll notice how the vegetation changes dramatically with altitude.

After joining the Glowang trail, you’ll enter rainforests of coachwood and sassafrass, before climbing steeply with more spectacular views over the deep Gloucester River gorge. At Mount Nelson, the track descends, giving way to open woodlands before arriving at Gloucester Tops picnic area for a well-earned break.

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