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Careys Peak walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Careys Peak walking track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    12hrs - 1 day

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    14km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Careys Peak walking track starts at Mount Barrington picnic area is in the Barrington Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

From Gloucester:

  • Take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn left into Barrington trail at Barrington trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole
  • Follow Barrington trail for approximately 15km to Mount Barrington picnic area
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31

From Scone:

  • Take the Hunter Road from Scone
  • Turn right on to Moonan Brook Road, then turn left on Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • Turn into Barrington trail, which is on the right 1km past Polblue.
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31.
  • Follow Barrington trail for around 15km to Mount Barrington

Parking

Parking is available at Mount Barrington picnic area.

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.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Check the weather or contact Gloucester on 02 6538 5300 before you set out, as access via Barrington trail to Careys Peak walking track may be closed at other times of year due to snow, ice, and rain.
Weather can change quickly and dramatically in the plateau region, so please ensure you arrive well-prepared.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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 dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Careys Peak walking track

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