An area of contrasts, with World Heritage
subtropical rainforests in the lower valleys and subalpine woodland on the upland plateau. Most of the area is declared wilderness, with wild and scenic rivers and winter snowcaps.
Short interesting walks at Gloucester
Tops feature Antarctic beech forests, snow gum woodlands
and scenic waterfalls. At Williams River and Jerusalem Creek there are easy walks through rainforest and tall blue gums. Wheelchair access is provided at Devils Hole lookout
and the Williams River picnic area. On the plateau, short and inspiring walks pass through snow gum woodland, tall eucalypt forest, Antarctic beech rainforest and areas of high-altitude swamp. Car-based camping is available at Gloucester
River, Polblue, Horse Swamp, Junction Pools
, Gummi Falls, Little Murray and Devils Hole.
Access 38 km west of Gloucester
, 40 km north¬west of Dungog and 65 km east of Scone
. Access is generally along unsealed roads. Entry to Polblue camping area and barbecue facilities is off the Barrington Tops
, phone 6538 5300, Scone
, phone 6540 2300, Nelson Bay
, phone 4984 8200