High basalt cliffs and rainforest wilderness, sphagnum moss swamps and trout streams and rolling farmland characterise this World Heritage Listed area, north-west of Maitland, NSW.
This 25 km long plateau stretches between a set of now-extinct volcanic peaks giving rise to a variety of ecosystems and habitats. In winter snowgums in the subalpine forests can be lightly covered with crisp white snow, melting to become free flowing streams of clear water that cascade down the slopes to the coast. Fed by mist and an annual rainfall that can exceed 1500 millilitres, the water passes through beech forests, remnant rainforest or is filtered through sphagnum moss swamp or wet eucalypt forest to make up the wild waters of the Chichester, Wangat, Paterson and Williams rivers.
Barrington Tops is home to diverse plant and animal life, including rare and endangered species. Delicate spring wildflowers, ancient rainforest, fern-lined gorges and heathland are home the tiger quoll, the powerful of the sooty owls, re-legged pademelon and the sphagnum frog. Watch out for the brightly coloured rifle bird and flocks of black cockatoos.
Take time to enjoy the breath-taking views from the highest peaks at Mount Barrington where on a clear day you may see over the forest below and the farmland beyond all the way to the white sands of the coast.
The area is divided into both State Forest and National Park offering different ways to enjoy Barrington Tops. Access roads can be rough - but points of attraction are generally accessible in conventional vehicle.
The major towns in the nearby area are:
, and Muswellbrook
Things to Do:
Bushwalks - there are number of excellent short loop bush walks through ethereal forest and to panoramic look-outs that will suit walkers all ages. The comprehensive 3 day walk across the whole Tops area, recommended only for the intrepid walker.
Scenic Drive - along 146 km tourist drive from Gloucester to Scone
Canoeing & Kayaking - on the Barrington River, Allyn River
Mountain Bikes/Trail Bikes - various locations
Wineries - Allyn River Winery East Gresford, Camyr Allyn Wines East Gresford,
Lavender Farm - Camelot Lavender Farm, Dungog
Horse Riding - Camp Cobark offers a range of trails.