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River walking track

Barrington Tops National Park

Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

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

    1hr - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    2.5km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

River walking track starts at Antarctic Beech Forest carpark in the Gloucester Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:

  • From Bucketts Way, between Gloucester and Stroud.
  • Turn into Gloucester Tops Road and continue to Gloucester River
  • Continue past the river for approximately 40 minutes
  • Take the left fork to Antarctic Beech Forest carpark

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available opposite the track head, at Antarctic Beech Forest carpark.

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.

Facilities

Non-flush toilets and picnic facilities are located at Gloucester Falls picnic area.

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Safety messages

The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable. Heavy rain, cold weather and snow can occur at any time of year. Please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.

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 + 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).

River and lake safety

The environment around rivers can be unpredictable. Take care in Gloucester River and please supervise children at all times. Read our river and lake safety tips.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

River walking track

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Park info

River walking track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government