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Barrington Tops National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Barrington Tops National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    • Southern Barrington Tops:

    From Dungog, take Chichester Dam Road for about 10km before turning left on Salisbury Road. After about 27km, you'll reach the Lagoon Pinch to Williams River precinct of the park.

    • Eastern Barrington Tops:

    From Gloucester, take Bucketts Way before turning right onto Gloucester Tops Road. After about 30km, you’ll reach the Gloucester River precinct of the park, and further on you’ll find the Gloucester Tops precinct.

    • Northern Barrington Tops:

    From Gloucester, take Thunderbolts Way, which becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road. After about 45km, you'll reach Cobark picnic area. Continue on for other sites within Polblue and Devils Hole precinct of the park.

    From Scone, take Barrington Tops Forest Road. You can reach the Barrington Tops precinct by turning left onto Barrington trail from Barrington Tops Forest Road.

    Please note: Visitors are advised the condition of the gravel roads in Barrington Tops National Park can vary, depending on weather and level of use. This includes Barrington Tops Forest Road, which at times can be corrugated with potholes. Motorists are advised to be prepared for variable road conditions at all times, and to drive carefully according to conditions (this includes reducing speed). For more information about road conditions in the area, contact Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6538 5252, NPWS at Gloucester on (02) 6538 5300, Scone Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6540 1300, or NPWS at Scone on (02) 6540 2300.

    Park entry points

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW Country Transport website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Barrington Tops National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Take to the park's walking tracks to make the most of cooler and drier daytime weather.

    Spring

    Look out for ground orchids and other wildflowers along the Polblue Swamp walking track.

    Summer

    Look out for the eastern water dragon basking on rocks around the streams.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Alpine safety

    If you're planning on heading to Barrington Tops National Park in winter, check out our Alpine safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Map of Barrington Tops National Park

    Contact

    • 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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    Nearby towns

    Dungog (20 km)

    Dungog is a country town with character, backed by magnificent rolling hills, national parks and state forests. It's in the heart of dairy and beef cattle country.

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    Gloucester (39 km)

    Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

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    Scone (72 km)

    Nestled in the picturesque Upper Hunter, Scone is known as the horse capital of Australia.

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    View from Thunderbolt's lookout, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund