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Situated just 3 hours North West of Sydney, Barrington Tops is an explorer's paradise perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer escape. Once you have visited this mystical sub alpine terrain you will no-doubt return time and time again.  The park offers something for every enthusiast: 4WDing, swimming, fishing  bushwalking, star-gazing and barbecuing  A kaleidoscope of native wildlife species call this sanctuary their home.  Spectacular panoramic views can be experienced from one of the numerous lookouts in the area.  Best time to visit for 4WDing is from October to May, as most tracks tend to be closed from 1st of June to 30th September.  

 

Barrington Tops Attractions  

Mountain Maid Gold Mine

The Mountain Maid Gold Mine is one destination that comes highly recommended by Rhonda Blackwell, a local that is proud to call Barrington tops her backyard. Although the mine is now closed, it remains a portal into the past and an excellent spot for the family to uncover hidden treasures. Rhonda fondly recalls finding a gold nugget attached to a small pice of quartz that she now wears around her neck, and estimates to be valued at $460. She also tells a story of how a small child found a massive nugget while he was playing downstream with his family around seven years ago. It becomes easy to see just why our ancestors caught the gold rush fever those many years ago. Panning for gold makes for great fun, just watch out for the leaches when panning in the creek.   

Mountain Maid Gold Mine, Barrington Tops. Photo NSW Government. 

Mountain Maid Gold Mine, Barrington Tops. Photo NSW Government. 

It didn’t take long to persuade my hubby to bring us back with some gold panning gear! Awesome fun...
— Rhonda Blackwell

Thunberbolt's Lookout  

You can take the challenging walk up to Thunderbolt's Lookout which starts from Nomads Picnic area. The last part of the walk is quite a challenging climb up large rock formations. Once at the top the 360 degree panoramic views are breathtaking and a great reward for your hard work. On the way back down you can relax and and have lunch amongst the shady trees of Nomads Picnic area.

Ladies Well

Ladies well provides a stunning spot to unwind and take in the magnificent scenery. A great spot to perch up on the rocks and watch the water cascade down into the pool below. Also a wonderful spot to take a refreshing swim in the warmer months. 

 

Ladies Well Barrington Tops National Park. Sent in by our mate Brett Gambrill.  

Ladies Well Barrington Tops National Park. Sent in by our mate Brett Gambrill.  

Polblue Swamp Walk

Polblue Swamp Walking Track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo NSW Government. 

Polblue Swamp Walking Track, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo NSW Government. 

This easy to follow 3km loop board walk can be accessed from Polblue campground and Picnic Area. It will guide you through the mistic wetlands and high altitude forests of the Barrington Tops Plateau. A great platform for spotting wombats, kangaroos and the diverse flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Allow approximately one and a half hours to complete the walk, after which you can enjoy a picnic with family and friends at the picnic area and unwind. 

Gloucester Falls  

The spectacular Gloucester Falls can be discovered by following the Gloucester Falls walking track. The walk begins from the nearby picnic area and takes approximately one hour each way. This relaxed walk is ideal for the whole family to explore the lush sub-alpine forrest and marvel at the breathtaking views from the Andrew Laurie Lookout. Continue along the track to uncover the multilevel water cascade offered by Gloucester Falls.  

Upon your return you can enjoy a picnic at Gloucester Falls Picnic Area. Toilets and picnic tables are available here for you to enjoy. 

 

 

The stunning Gloucester Falls, Barrington Tops National Park.  Photo from ecobiological.com.au.

The stunning Gloucester Falls, Barrington Tops National Park.  Photo from ecobiological.com.au.

Barrington Tops Camping  

One of the highlights of Barrington Tops is the scenic camping. We will be using the Mud Map Barrington Tops map to highlight some of the top camping areas in the region.   

Awesome place to camp and 4wd. It snows in winter and good tracks and lovely camp sites. One of my favourites is not too far from Barrington which is Frying Pan Creek camping ground.
— Ryan Bourke

Camping near Ladies Well

Allyn River Camp Ground 

Situated in the lower Barrington's, Chichester State Forest, Allyn River campground is a great first stop on your way to exploring Barrington Tops. This is a free campsite and is dog friendly, so feel free to bring you 4 legged best friend along.  Great access to the stunning Ladies Well and great for spotting wildlife. Bring your own firewood.  

Facilities:  

- Water  

- Toilets

- Campfire Sites  

Camping near Ladies Well offers great swimming, fishing and scenic views.  Photo sent in from our facebook fan Anthony Gentleman. 

Camping near Ladies Well offers great swimming, fishing and scenic views.  Photo sent in from our facebook fan Anthony Gentleman. 

We went at the end of April, the days were warm the nights chilly but great with a campfire. Kids loved it too, nice swimming holes. We want to go back.
— Anthony Getleman

Camping near Thunderbolts Lookout

Manning River Campground 

Facilities:  

- Picnic Tables  

- Water (treat before drinking)

 - Fire places 

Devil's Hole Campground

With an altitude of around 1,400 m, Devil's Hole campground is one of the highest camping spots in Australia.  It provides access to Devil's hole lookout, an easy walk that leads to a large viewing platform with magnificent views of the peaks.  Toilets and picnic tables available at the day use area.

Facilities:  

- fire places  

Mud Map Barrington Tops Map. Showing Manning River Campground, Devil's Hole Campground and Gummi Falls Campground. Click image to view full map. 

Mud Map Barrington Tops Map. Showing Manning River Campground, Devil's Hole Campground and Gummi Falls Campground. Click image to view full map. 

 Gummi Falls Campground 

Beautiful setting by the river and close proximity to Gummi Falls.  This grassy spot is ideal for the self sufficient camper and provides a secenic sanctuary perfect for fishing, swimming and spotting the diverse wildlife in the area.  

Facilities:  

-  Picnic Tables 

- Drop toilets  

- wood barbecues 

Camping Near Gloucester Falls  

Gloucester River Camp Ground

This is a scenic riverside camping and picnic area situated on the eastern edge of Barrington Tops National Park. This wide open space allows you to pick your ideal spot by the river among towering trees providing welcome shade from the afternoon sun.  The site allows trailer and caravan access making it ideal for groups of all ages and vehicle levels.    

Facilities Available:  

- Picnic Tables  

- Free Electric BBQ  

- Drop Toilets  

 

Gloucester River Camp Ground is a great spot to stay. Excellent facilities and not too far to drive to the Roundabout Inn, Gloucester for their terrific pizzas.
— Steve Poole
Mud Map Barrington Tops Map: showing Gloucester Campground, Gloucester Falls and Gloucester Tops Picnic Area. Click image to view full map. 

Mud Map Barrington Tops Map: showing Gloucester Campground, Gloucester Falls and Gloucester Tops Picnic Area. Click image to view full map. 

Camping near Polblue Swamp Walk

Polblue Campground

Set in picturesque subalpine forrest, with lovely grassy picnic area and access to Polblue Swamp Walking Trail and Barrington Trail (4WD track).  This spacious ground caters for caravans, trailers and tents.  A great scenic spot perfect for a picnic or barbecue and great for families.  

Facilities Available:  

- Picnic tables  

- Wood Barbecues (BYO firewood)  

- Free Electric Barbecues  

- Drop Toilets  

Mud Map Barrington Tops National Park map showing: Polblue campground, Polblue Swamp Walking Track and Polblue Picnic Area. Click image to view full map. 

Mud Map Barrington Tops National Park map showing: Polblue campground, Polblue Swamp Walking Track and Polblue Picnic Area. Click image to view full map. 

We stayed in tents on the other side of the Tops called “Frying Pan Creek” at Telegherry (Chichester state Forest) with my family, we went on a push bike adventure & loved the scenery. At night we took our Torches & spotted some amazing & scary things! The river is wide at dotted with different sized boulders.. You can swim during summer & if your crazy you can swim during winter, or do what ever you like for that matter?
— Rhonda Blackwell

Barrington Tops 4WD: 

- Most tracks closed from June to 30th of September, so best time to access 4WD tracks is between October and May.  Coming in winter can still be fun to check out the snow. 

- Ensure you check park closure information thoroughly before you go as opening times are only a rough guide and tracks are subject to closure with little notice in the event of harsh unpredictable conditions.   

-  Accurate GPS device is highly recommended as signage in the area is poor, and many tracks are hidden and difficult to find. 

Love the place, snows in winter and plenty of creek crossings
— Terry Callen

Barrington Tops Trail 4WD Track

Possibly the most iconic 4WD track in the Barrington Tops  National Park. This track will take you from the lower Barringtons up to Tomalla road intersection.  

Track Rating:  

Moderate  

Open Times: 

From October to May annually (check park closures before going)   

Track Features:  

 - access to numerous campsites  

- scenic drive 

-  river crossings 

Barrington Tops Maps and Navigation  

The maps of Barington Tops National park featured here are available for offline GPS use on Apple and Android devices via Mud Map 2 4WD GPS App and Mud Map Android App

Mud Map Barrington Tops National Park map. Available on Mud Map 2 GPS App and Mud Map M7 GPS. Click image to view full map. 

Mud Map Barrington Tops National Park map. Available on Mud Map 2 GPS App and Mud Map M7 GPS. Click image to view full map. 

Mud Map Project at Barrington Tops NP

Barrington Tops National Park is one of the regions around Australia that has received significant improvements in data since the launch of The Mud Map Project. Below are some BEFORE and AFTER shots of the region. Community members have worked together with our mapping teams to add excellent track and POI data. A very big thank you to everyone that contributed. A special thank you to our good mate Nathan Van Der Meulen for his fantastic contribution.  

BEFORE Mud Map Project 

BEFORE Mud Map Project 

AFTER Mud Map Project

AFTER Mud Map Project

Thank you to everyone that contributed to this Blog:  

Anthony Gentleman, Rhonda Blackwell, Wade Harper, Terry Callen, Chris Rainsford, Brett Gambrill, Steve Poole, Paul Hancock, Daniel Whitbread,  Kallen Westbrook and Ryan Bourke

Have something to add? Please comment below and we will add your contribution to the Blog.  

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