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Gloucester Tops picnic area

Barrington Tops National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 2 September 2021, 10.57am

Applies from Thu 22 Jul 2021, 1.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 10.57am.

Safety alerts: 4WD/SUV recommended on Gloucester Tops Road

4WD/SUV vehicles are recommended for visitors wanting to access Gloucester Tops due to deterioration of Gloucester Tops Road.

Weight limits on Gloucester River bridge means trucks are unable to access the road to carry out repairs. The bridge will be replaced within the next year and Gloucester Tops Road will then be restored to 2WD standard. Please check back for updates.

For further information, please contact the Barrington Tops Area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 16 Aug 2021, 10.43am to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 11.59am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Sep 2021, 4.34pm

Closed areas: Camping and accommodation closed due to COVID-19 restrictions

NPWS campgrounds and accommodation are closed in this area until further notice as a result of the NSW Government’s stay-at-home restrictions. Find out more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

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Applies from Thu 2 Sep 2021, 4.44pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Sep 2021, 4.04pm

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed

Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.

An engineer has assessed the bridges unsafe to all traffic. We realise the importance of this road for not only visitors but also for fire and pest management. We're working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.

In addition to the above closure, Tubrabucca Road will also be closed between the Barrington Tops Forest Road and Paddys Ridge Trail for the week commencing 27th Sept 2021 while NPWS and State Forests undertake essential roadworks. Horse Swamp Campground and Polblue Falls picnic area and walk will be closed during the effected week.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Fri 2 Jul 2021, 12.08pm. Last reviewed: Sun 12 Sep 2021, 2.19pm

Safety alerts: Mount Royal and Cassels Road 4WD vehicles only

Mount Royal and Cassels Road is only suitable for 4WD vehicles because recent rain has made the road very slippery. Please drive carefully and be aware of the road conditions.

For more information, call the NPWS Wollemi Yengo area office on 02 6574 5555.

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Applies from Tue 1 Jun 2021, 12.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Sep 2021, 12.36pm

Closed areas: Winter closure of 4WD trails

The following 4WD access trails are closed to vehicles due to the annual winter closure:

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

The following areas are also closed to vehicles during this time:

  • Junction Pools, Little Murray and Gummi Falls campgrounds
  • Associated walking tracks and facilities

You can still access all these campgrounds, walking tracks and facilities on foot or by bicycle. 

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

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Applies from Thu 22 Jul 2021, 1.55pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Sep 2021, 10.57am

Safety alerts: 4WD/SUV recommended on Gloucester Tops Road

4WD/SUV vehicles are recommended for visitors wanting to access Gloucester Tops due to deterioration of Gloucester Tops Road.

Weight limits on Gloucester River bridge means trucks are unable to access the road to carry out repairs. The bridge will be replaced within the next year and Gloucester Tops Road will then be restored to 2WD standard. Please check back for updates.

For further information, please contact the Barrington Tops Area office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.57pm. Last reviewed: Sat 19 Jun 2021, 1.29pm

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester

The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by Forest Corp until further notice due to serious damage caused during the weather event before Easter.

You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park and Honeysuckle picnic areas. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.

Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Mon 22 Mar 2021, 12.55pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 May 2021, 4.30pm

Closed parks: Reserves closed due to severe weather event

A number of National Parks and Wildlife Service reserves will be closed to vehicles until further notice due to damage from severe weather event. These include:

  • Berrico National Reserve
  • The Glen National Reserve

Landslips and hazardous trees have been reported across many areas. For your safety, please avoid these reserves until damage assessments can be made and any safety issues rectified. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call the Gloucester Office on 02 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 11.49am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.57am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May and Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 11.44am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.55am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May and Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 6 May 2021, 11.13am to Sun 10 Oct 2021, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.54am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

An aerial and ground baiting program will occur from Monday 10 May to Sunday 10 October 2021. All baiting locations will be identified by signs. The operation will involve the use of meat baits and meat bait products containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting locations. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For further information, please call the Barrington Tops Area Office on 6538 5300.

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Applies from Thu 9 Nov 2017, 9.59am. Last reviewed: Tue 8 Jun 2021, 9.49am

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park

Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's 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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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/picnic-areas/gloucester-tops-picnic-area/local-alerts

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