Where to stop in Barrington Tops?

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 17:53
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Hi All,

SWMBO and I are coming back to Brisbane from a trip to Sydney in about 10 days and plan to avoid both the New England and Pacific Hwys as much as possible. Part of this trip will include a stop somewhere in or around the Barrington Tops NP. The current planned route is in via Moonan Flat then follow the Barrington Tops Forest Drive(?) and out via Gloucester.

The question for the panel is: where do we overnight on this leg? It seems Polblue and Devil's Hole sites are popular. Does anyone have any comments/suggestions about those, or offer any other better locations?

Rig is as below (LC 100 and off-road camper).

Cheers,
Chris
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:10

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:10
Chris & Sue,

Are you after a place for overnight or somewhere to stay for a few days and explore.

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:22

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:22
Hi Cruiser,

Really just an overnighter - probably getting there about 3~4 in the afternoon and push off the next morning at a leisurely 9am or so.

Thanks,
Chris
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Follow Up By: Cruiser .- Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:26

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:26
Chris,

There is a place just north of Barrington called Bretti Reserve.

It is on the Thunderbolts Way between Barrington & Walcha.

It might be worth considering.

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:39

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 18:39
If you want to avoid the Highway then come down Thunderbolts way and what Cruiser has suggested is a good option.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul C (WA) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:43

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:43
Poleys Place at the end of Thunderbolts is not a bad spot if you come down that way.

Polblue is great if you come in the Scone side.
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Reply By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:47

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:47
Gidday Chris,
We recently did the trip to Barrington from the South on our way home to Coffs Harbour and really enjoyed our short stay at Moonan Flat council run caravan park.

It's like no other that we had encountered. Post Office administers things and it's very laid back indeed. Which is nice.

Costs wise $4 per head for a powered site, clean toilets and hot showers. And the pub, which is a good one, is a 5 minute stroll from camp. Howz that?

Also keep in mind that about now Barrington Tops is getting fffffreezing.
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Reply By: Steve Ellis - Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:49

Saturday, Mar 07, 2009 at 20:49
Polblue is hard to beat. Very high and fairly cool this time of year,but worth th experirnce. Cool like Stanthorpe. The other places suggested are on the way to Walcha and not really in the Barrington Tops. Enjoy and good luck!
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Reply By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 00:17

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 00:17
Hi All!

Thanks very much for all those suggestions. We really appreciate them.

At the moment I think it looks like Polblue, but if it looks like autumn is arriving early (ie: any temp under 20!) then Wayne's suggestion of the Moonan Flat CP may be a winner.

I cannot believe you can still get a site for $4 a head! It seems every NP site in NSW these days is costing $27 or so for the two of us ($10ea + $7 for the car). If it's even slightly chilly, the hot showers at Moonan Flat will win over SWMBO every time. :-))

Thanks again from us both,
Chris & Sue
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Reply By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 09:17

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 09:17
Hi folks, no-one has mentioned the leeches yet!!! The little blighters are everywhere along with some big extra hungry ones too!We had 3 nights in the Tops in late January, driving up from the Gloucester side and out the W side. You can find some free camps in the Forestry controlled sections eg Manning River which has a pit loo. Cheers, Glenn
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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 11:35

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 11:35
Thanks for that, Glenn.

I will refrain from passing that on to SWMBO. :-))

Cheers,
Chris
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Reply By: Gronk - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 22:20

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 22:20
Polblue, Manning river camp, Gummi Falls ( not far from Manning ) or even out the back of Gloucester caravan park ? Next to the river, quiet, secluded and another nice place to keep in the memory bank !!
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Follow Up By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 22:28

Sunday, Mar 08, 2009 at 22:28
Thanks Gronk. Sounds perfect.

I'll stick it on the list.

Cheers,
Chris
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