Polblue Falls walk and picnic area

Barrington Tops State Conservation Area

Affected by closures, check current alerts 

Overview

Polblue Falls walk and picnic area sits on the plateau of World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, between Scone and Gloucester. The short walk offers views of the largest waterfall in the park.

Where
Barrington Tops State Conservation Area
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
0.4km return
Time suggested
30min
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes

This short walk is a great option for stretching your legs on a driving tour of Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, or after a hearty lunch at the grassy picnic area. From the picnic area you’ll wind your way along Polblue Creek through subalpine woodland. At the end of the track you’ll be standing at the head of Polblue Falls—the largest accessible falls on the Barrington Tops plateau.

For a rustic camping experience in the fresh mountain air, stay at Horse Swamp campground near Polblue Falls picnic area. It’s a great getaway for families, with barbecue facilities and plenty of wildlife to spot in the surrounding wilderness.

Take your time soaking up the natural wonders of this remote spot, which forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. It’s recognised for its rare and threatened plants and wildlife that are very much like their ancestors in the fossil records. Geological formations in this area were formed millions of years ago, when Australia was part of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • Horse Swamp campground, Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government

    Horse Swamp campground

    Horse Swamp campground offers remote, rustic camping with mountain biking and 4WD trails through sub-alpine terrain in Barrington Tops State Conservation Area, between Scone and Gloucester.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/walking-tracks/polblue-falls-walk-and-picnic-area/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Polblue Falls walk and picnic area.

Track grading

Grade 3

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

    30min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    0.4km return

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

Polblue Falls walk and picnic area is in the plateau area of Barrington Tops State Conservation Area. To get there:

From Scone:

  • Take Barrington Tops Forest Road (Scone Gloucester Road)
  • Turn left onto Tubrabucca Road
  • Continue along Tubrabucca Road for 2.7km
  • Turn left and continue to the carpark at Polblue Falls picnic area. This is where the walk starts.

From Gloucester:

  • Take Thunderbolts Way; this road becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
  • 5km past Polblue campground, turn right into Tubrabucca Road
  • Continue along Tubrabucca Road for 2.7km (past Horse Swamp campground).
  • Turn left and continue to the carpark at Polblue Falls picnic area. This is where the walk starts

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

There’s parking available for 3 cars at Polblue Falls picnic area.

Facilities

  • Toilets (non flush) are located at Polblue campground and picnic area, and at Horse Swamp campground about 30 minutes’ walk away.
  • Picnic tables are available at Polblue Falls picnic area and Horse Swamp campground.
  • Barbecues are available at Horse Swamp campground.
  • There are no bins here so you’ll need to take all rubbish with you.

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.

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).

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

This walking track is not suitable for wheelchairs because there are obstacles and in some sections the track may not be wide enough.

Prohibited

Camping

Gathering firewood

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.