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Barrington Tops National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Barrington Tops National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    Southern Barrington Tops:

    • From Dungog, take Chichester Dam Road for about 10km before turning left on Salisbury Road.
    • After about 27km, you'll reach the Lagoon Pinch to Williams River precinct of the park.

    Eastern Barrington Tops:

    • From Gloucester, take Bucketts Way before turning right onto Gloucester Tops Road.
    • After about 30km, you’ll reach the Gloucester River precinct of the park, and further on you’ll find the Gloucester Tops precinct.

    Northern Barrington Tops:

    From Gloucester:

    • Take Thunderbolts Way, which becomes Scone Road and Barrington Tops Forest Road.
    • After about 45km, you'll reach Cobark picnic area.
    • Continue on for other sites within Polblue and Devils Hole precinct of the park.

    From Scone:

    • Take Gundy Road, then Hunter Road to Moonan Flat.
    • Just past Moonan Flat turn right onto Moonan Brook Road.
    • After about 2km, turn left onto Barrington Tops Forest Road.
    • You can reach the Barrington Tops precinct by turning left onto Barrington trail south from Barrington Tops Forest Road.

    Please note: The condition of the gravel roads in Barrington Tops National Park can vary depending on weather and level of use. This includes Barrington Tops Forest Road, which at times can be corrugated with potholes.

    Be prepared for variable road conditions at all times, and drive carefully according to conditions (this includes reducing speed).

    For more information about road conditions in the area, contact Gloucester Visitor Information Centre on 1800 802 692, the Gloucester office on (02) 6538 5300, the Scone Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6540 1300, or the Scone office on (02) 6540 2300.

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW Country Transport website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Barrington Tops National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    Take to the park's walking tracks to make the most of cooler and drier daytime weather.


    Look out for ground orchids and other wildflowers along the Polblue Swamp walking track.


    Look out for the eastern water dragon basking on rocks around the streams.


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Alpine safety

    If you're planning on heading to Barrington Tops National Park in winter, check out our Alpine safety tips.

    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.

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    Fire safety

    During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

    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).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Wildlife safety

    Keep yourself and our wildlife safe by understanding the risks of wildlife encounters and how to avoid them.



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Map of Barrington Tops National Park


    Nearby towns

    Dungog (20 km)

    Dungog is a country town with character, backed by magnificent rolling hills, national parks and state forests. It's in the heart of dairy and beef cattle country.

    Gloucester (39 km)

    Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

    Scone (72 km)

    Nestled in the picturesque Upper Hunter, Scone is known as the horse capital of Australia.