Cool forest walks – Gloucester River Track

Gloucester River Track has it all: scenic views, walking, swimming, picnicking, wildlife & birdwatching… all at the Gloucester Tops precinct of Barrington Tops.

This track is an ideal walk for your next family getaway, and the rich nature wonderland is perfect for budding David Attenboroughs. Starting at the NPWS Gloucester River Campground, this walking track takes in the scenic river and nearby gullies, with great views, and plenty of chances for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Crossing the river, look for the shy platypus and long-necked tortoise before climbing uphill through paperbarks and towering Sydney blue gums. The cries of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos above the canopy often mingle with the ever-present sound of rushing rapids from below. You may hear the piping shrill of lyrebirds, and see the tell-tale signs of a satin bower bird nest.

Round off your walk with a swim and a riverside picnic and, if you’re hooked, make a weekend of it by camping overnight at the NPWS Gloucester River Campground.

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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.