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Thunderbolts lookout

Barrington Tops National Park

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Applies from Wed 18 Sep 2019, 1.54pm to Fri 27 Sep 2019, 1.54pm. Last reviewed: Fri 13 Sep 2019, 2.13pm

Closed areas: Polblue campground closed

Polblue campground will be closed from Wednesday 18 September to Friday 27 September 2019 due to construction works. This is unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Alternative campsites will be available at Horse Swamp campground, Devils Hole campground and Polblue overflow campground. Toilet and barbecue facilities are available in Polblue picnic area. 

Polblue Swamp walk will remain open. Visitors need to be aware of trucks moving through the area.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Barrington Tops area office at Scone on 02 6540 2300.

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Applies from Wed 4 Sep 2019, 3.57pm to Tue 31 Mar 2020, 3.47pm. Last reviewed: Wed 4 Sep 2019, 3.57pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 3 Jun 2019, 2.13pm. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jul 2019, 10.32am

Closed areas: Annual winter closure of 4WD trails in Barrington Tops

The following 4WD trails in Barrington Tops are closed to all vehicles from Saturday 1 June to Tuesday 1 October 2019 for the annual seasonal closure:

  • Barrington trail (south and central)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300. You can also visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Thu 27 Dec 2018, 1.10pm

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It has been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.

Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 8 May 2017, 1.45pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Apr 2019, 4.13pm

Other planned events: 1080 wild dog baiting in Barrington Tops

From Monday 18 March 2019, NSW National Parks is conducting a 1080 wild dog baiting program in Barrington Tops National Park and Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. The program will continue for 6 months.

For further information, please call the NPWS Gloucester area office on 02 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/thunderbolts-lookout-attraction/local-alerts

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