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Sharpes Creek walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Overview

Moderately difficult, Sharpes Creek walking track features rainforest, scenic river views, wildlife, and birdwatching in Barrington Tops National Park near Gloucester.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park
Distance
4.5km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • If retracing your steps, the walk is 3km return. If opting to walk back via the road, it will be a harder track of 4.5km.
  • The heart-shaped leaves of the rainforest giant stinging tree can inflict a painful sting, so be cautious, particularly with children.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during periods of wet weather
  • Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Gloucester River campground

An invigorating walk to enliven the senses, moderate Sharpes Creek walking track combines an environment of river, rainforest and gums with excellent wildlife and birdwatching. It's truly a great adventure for friends or family on a camping holiday, in the river country of Barrington Tops National Park near Gloucester River campground.

You’ll cross the creek several times, so keep an eye out for platypus and eastern water dragons. Smooth dark lumps of basalt stand out in the creek bed, carried down from the slopes above, creating an eye catching hump in the river. The track winds up through the valley as lush rainforest gives way to drier eucalypt forest.

Soak in the scenic views of the canopy and beyond as Sydney blue gums soar overhead. You may see rare rufous fantails or golden whistlers flitting among the trees. Retrace your steps or opt for the steep climb up to the road, lined with huge grass trees. For a longer loop add in the Gloucester River walking track then round off your day with a refreshing swim and a hearty barbecue beside the river.

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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Sharpes Creek track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government