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Edwards Swamp walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Overview

Scone access only

The severe weather event in March 2021 has severely damaged Barrington Tops Forest Road, forcing Forestry Corporation of NSW to close the road. Until the road is fixed you can only access this location from Scone (the west). You can't access it from Gloucester (the east).

Edwards Swamp walking track is a great way to explore the sub-alpine plateau of Barrington Tops National Park. 7km one-way, it’s also an ideal day walk if you’re camping at Junction Pools campground.

Where
Barrington Tops National Park in North Coast, Country NSW
Distance
7km one-way
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
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What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, raincoat, clothes for all weather conditions, sunscreen, snacks, topographic map, gps, compass
Please note
  • Barrington trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 to May 31. Temporary closures may occur during this period due to weather conditions. Check alerts for current closures.
  • Check the weather or contact Gloucester office before you set out. Weather can change quickly and dramatically in the plateau region, please arrive well prepared.
  • A water-based mould (Phytophthora cinnamomi) is prevalent in this area. The mould attacks the roots of plants causing them to rot, causing a dieback of trees and plants. Efforts are in place to contain the area of contamination north of Black Swamp. Assist the long-term containment of the mould by cleaning your shoes before and after entering this region.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

For an immersive nature experience, head for Edwards Swamp walking track high in the untouched wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park. Located in the plateau region, this popular day walk connects some of the park’s iconic attractions and campgrounds.

Starting from Junction Pools trail, just 500m from Junction Pools campground, you’ll begin your walk by entering a forest of majestic snow and black sally gums. As you continue, you’ll cross pristine creeks and skirt the edges of the area’s unique sub-alpine wetlands, before reaching the end of the trail at Carey’s Peak walking track.

With a vast array of wildlife calling this place home, not to mention several rare orchid species, make sure to bring your camera so you can share your discoveries when your return home.

And if you’re looking for more adventure, you can continue along Carey’s Peak walking track to the spectacular Carey’s Peak lookout and its scenic mountain views. Or retrace your footsteps and pitch your tent at Junction Pools campground.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Camping:

Junction Pools campground

Accessed by 4WD trail, Junction Pools campground offers mountain biking, swimming, and fishing, in Barrington Tops National Park plateau region between Scone and Gloucester.

Junction Pools campground, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government