Cool forest walks – Antarctic Beech Forest Track

In Gloucester Tops discover the ancient forests of Gondwanaland with towering Antarctic Beech trees, tree fern groves & moss-covered cascades.

Step through a portal into the other-worldly charms of Antarctic Beech Forest walking track at Gloucester Tops within Barrington Tops National Park. You’ll wander the lush landscape of the prehistoric Gondwana era on this medium walk, offering some spectacular birdwatching and scenic views.

Forming part of Gloucester Tops circuit, this medium track leads through airy sub-alpine woodlands of snow gums, before entering the shaded world of cool, temperate rainforest. The dense canopy of Antarctic beech is high above, vibrant moss carpets the ground, and the sharp smell of humus fills the air. Tree ferns crowd the track leading to some delightful, mossy cascades.

Dipping between forests of beech and eucalypt, this section is a favourite haunt of the rufous scrub-bird, one of Australia’s rarest birds. Descending into a rocky gorge you’ll see wild white water crashing over dramatic black rocks. After a steep climb out, you’ll be ready to enjoy a bite at Gloucester Tops picnic area or Gloucester Falls picnic area.

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• HOW: For scenic walks around Gloucester & Barrington Tops pick up the free brochures at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre or download the brochure here.
• COST: Free
• CONTACT: Pick up a free map at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre at 27 Denison Street. Call 6538 5252

Bushwalking safety tips:

Always tell someone of your bushwalking plans & your expected time to return home.

Wear sturdy enclosed shoes suitable for all weather.

Take care of slippery tracks, trails, rocks & water crossings.

The weather in this area can be unpredictable & can be a lot cooler so ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit, with jackets & drinking water.

Wear sunscreen, insect repellent & a hat.

There is no mobile phone reception at Copeland Tops & GPS systems are often ineffective.

And please take all your rubbish with you.