Back to previous page
PDF Print

Barrington Tops National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Barrington Tops National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Barrington Tops National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Phytophthora cinnamomi is a root-rot water mould which is a major threat to park biodiversity which is being managed with the establishment of a quarantine zone to prevent further spread. Pest management of foxes and wild dogs is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Barrington Tops National Park, as well as adjoining agricultural enterprises.

Conservation program

Wild dog control program

Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

Exploring World Heritage

An important part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance. Signage updates, both directional and designating the park’s World Heritage status, are ongoing. NPWS works alongside local Aboriginal communities in interpreting the park’s Aboriginal cultural heritage, and engages park neighbours and the wider community wherever possible.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

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
    More
    • 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
    More
    • Scone
      (02) 6545 1128
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 20 Hayes Street, Scone NSW 2337
    • Fax: (02) 6545 1912
    More
See more visitor info

Get involved

Guide tours at Barrington Tops National Park

Guide tours at Barrington Tops National Park

Barrington Tops National Park is proud to offer its international, interstate and NSW visitors walking tours guided by Dungog area locals. How would you like to be one of those tour guides? Volunteer with NSW National Parks to share the history and ecology of this World Heritage Area.

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