Barrington Tops

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesGloucester
FinishMoonan Flat
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome 
Distance178.53 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed32.75 km/hr
Driving Time5 hrs 27 mins
Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 25 Jul 2013

Description

Barrington Tops National Park is an area of contrasts, with sub-alpine woodland on the upland plateau and World Heritage subtropical rainforests in the lower valleys. Most of the area is declared wilderness, with wild and scenic rivers and winter snow-caps. The park is set within about 38,705 hectares and consists of two linked plateaus, which are called Barrington and Gloucester Tops. They fall away steeply from a maximum height above sea level of 1,586 metres. The region does not have a surrounding or internal network of roads to allow easy access between different areas.

There are numerous state forests surrounding the Barrington Tops area, which are used extensively for timber production and recreational activities. Camping is permitted anywhere except at day picnic areas and some camp sites such as Polblue, Gummi Falls, Little Murray and Devils Hole have good facilities with pit toilets, barbeques, tables, etc. There are short and interesting walks at Gloucester Tops where you will see Antarctic beech forests, snow gum woodlands and scenic waterfalls. At Williams River and Jerusalem Creek there are nice and easy walks through rainforest and tall blue gums.

There are hundreds of kilometres of forest roads and fire trails open to 4WD enthusiasts and conventional vehicles can use many of the forest roads. The Barrington Trail (the 4WD trail from Barrington Tops Forest Road to Mount Barrington) is closed each year between 1st June and 30th September. This and other trails may be closed at other times of year, as a result of weather conditions such as high rainfall or snow. Also, logging vehicles do use these tracks so care needs to be taken on the narrow winding roads - give way to loggers!

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Environment

The Barrington Tops National Park is rich in wildlife diversity mainly due to the fact the park’s altitude goes from near sea level to over 1500m and the terrain ranges from flat to steep ridges and gorges. Old-growth rainforests and tall eucalypt forests dominate the park. Some of these tree species include: Antarctic beech, red cedar and Sydney blue gum. Most of the plateau swamps are surrounded by tussock grassland, dominated by snow grass. Small shrubs and herbs grow among the clumps of snow grass. Many of them flower in springtime such as the sun orchids.

High in the tree canopy is home to many species of animals including: brushtail and ringtail possums, greater gliders and squirrel gliders or yellow-bellied glider, both of which are threatened in NSW. Birds that can be seen are: Lewin's honeyeaters, crimson rosellas, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, kookaburras and even wedge-tailed eagles. Plenty of mammals live on the ground in the park's rainforests and wet eucalypt forests which are home to a number of kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons and long-nosed potoroos. Most of the park's reptiles are only active in the warmer months. The most commonly seen reptile is probably the eastern water dragon, which hunts and basks on rocks around the streams.

History

Aboriginal History

The Aboriginal occupation of Barrington Tops is recorded in oral history, and in the presence of Aboriginal sites including: open campsites with stone artefacts, scarred trees, ceremonial places and mythological sites recorded in dreaming stories. Today, Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area are important to today's Worimi, Biripi and Wonnarua communities, as an intact part of Aboriginal country.

Modern History

There were a lot of protests over logging and road-building in this region, even during World War II. Through the 1950s, pressure for a national park grew - though others were pushing for more development. In 1959, the government decided to set aside two small areas, one on Gloucester Tops and the other in the Williams River area. The state forest system was also expanded, until finally, in 1969 Barrington Tops National Park was created from around 14,000 hectares of Crown land.

From the 1970s to the 1990s, an intense community debate developed over whether the remaining native forests of NSW should be used for timber production or protected for conservation. Forest areas were progressively withdrawn from logging and added to the national park system with the rainforests being protected first and then the eucalypt forests. The park was enlarged by major additions in 1984, 1997 and 1999. It was listed as World Heritage in 1986, and the Barrington Wilderness was declared in 1999. Barrington Tops State Conservation Area was created in 2000.

Preparation

Permits

There are many camp grounds in Barrington Tops National Park and fees vary.

To find out more see www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au and www.environment.nsw.gov.au

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 40 litres *4cyl 29 litres4cyl 36 litres
6cyl 27 litres6cyl 32 litres6cyl 31 litres
8cyl 27 litres8cyl 30 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Barrington National Park is in the warmer months as it can get very cold especially during Winter.

Closest Climatic Station

Lostock Dam
Distance from Trek Mid Point 42.67km S
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C29.428.326.523.519.916.916.418.421.624.426.428.7
Mean Min. °C17.317.215.412.69.97.76.56.99.311.814.016.0
Mean Rain mm126.5131.5122.571.274.068.640.335.450.366.889.994.3
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

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What to See

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Barrington Tops NP features a lot of recreational activities to do such as: walking tracks with some having wheelchair facilities, cycling, vehicle touring, 4WD & trail bike touring, swimming and canoeing, fishing, picnics & barbecues, lookouts and camping in the many camp grounds within the park.

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Where to Stay

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Gloucester to Barrington7.13 kmNW306° 7 min
Barrington to Copeland8.07 kmW253° 8 min
Copeland to Jims Place Campground11.61 kmW284° 14 min
Jims Place Campground to Mitchell Creek Picnic Area17.14 kmNW303° 26 min
Mitchell Creek Picnic Area to Cobark Lookout4.07 kmNW304° 9 min
Cobark Lookout to Moppy Lookout5.22 kmW267° 13 min
Moppy Lookout to Honeysuckle Picnic Area2.71 kmW256° 5 min
Honeysuckle Picnic Area to Thunderbolts Lookout3.61 kmSW243° 7 min
Thunderbolts Lookout to Devils Hole Campground2.4 kmW267° 4 min
Devils Hole Campground to Little Murray Campground9.77 kmSW203° 24 min
Little Murray Campground to Polblue Campground6.32 kmNW316° 15 min
Polblue Campground to Moonan Outlook8.87 kmW290° 14 min
Moonan Outlook to Moonan Brook10.85 kmW262° 20 min
Moonan Brook to Moonan Outlook10.85 kmE82° 20 min
Moonan Outlook to Polblue Campground8.87 kmE110° 14 min
Polblue Campground to Little Murray Campground6.32 kmSE136° 15 min
Little Murray Campground to Devils Hole Campground9.77 kmNE23° 24 min
Devils Hole Campground to Gummi Falls Campground2.95 kmNW318° 19 min
Gummi Falls Campground to Moonan Flat42.01 kmW264° 1 hr 13 min
Gloucester to Moonan Flat178.53 km  5 hr 27 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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