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River walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Situated in Barrington Tops National Park, share the family-friendly River walking track with wombats, wildflowers and other wildlife. This is a great place for birdwatching near Gloucester.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
2.5km one-way
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • The return walk via the road is 0.8km
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during wet weather
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

River walking track is sure to delight the whole family on a nature escape in Barrington Tops National Park, a short drive from Gloucester. The easy track heads west into a shallow valley from Antarctic Beech Forest walking track to Gloucester Tops picnic area, in Gloucester Tops. The kids will love the chance to see wombats, while joining you in a spot of birdwatching.

Snow and mountain gums rise up from a carpet of snow grass and lomandra, while crimson rosellas often flit through the trees. In spring, the valley erupts with a colourful display of wildflowers, such as triggerplants, billy buttons, bluebells, and rice flowers. Crossing a creek, the track meets the quiet flowing Gloucester River. Stop here for a break and you might see wombats, grey kangaroos, and red-necked wallabies.

Stop for a picnic at Gloucester Tops picnic area before returning to your car via the road (0.8km). If you’re ready for more, join the nearby Gloucester Falls walking track to watch the river pour into the valley below.

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

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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