Welcome to the Barrington Coast, where the leaves touch the waters from the mountains to the sea.

Encompassing the Great Lakes, Manning Valley, Gloucester and the Barrington plateau, the region spans 10,053 kms² from World Heritage Barrington Tops to the Pacific Ocean on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia.


More than a holiday destination, the Barrington Coast is a place of discovery, from the mountains to the sea and everywhere in between. Located at the highest point of the region is Barrington Tops at 1586m above sea level, the highest point in the country outside the Australian Alps.

Indulge your curiosity, seek the road less travelled and take delight in the wonders of our region.

Explore high-altitude ancient rainforests and fertile valleys rich in agriculture; embrace charming towns and welcoming smiles; discover mighty rivers, untouched waterways and breathtaking beaches.

(Photo: Beth Miller)


The pure waters of Barrington Tops tumble off the high volcanic plateau not in dramatic single-drop falls but instead via discreet falls & cascades, in many hidden ravines & secret gullies. Read More

In the scenic mid north coast hinterland of New South Wales, Gloucester offers authentic Australian country experiences. Gloucester is the closest town to the renowned wilderness destinations of World Heritage Barrington Tops, Gloucester Tops, Copeland Tops and Woko. Read More

Held on the second Sunday of September each year since 1991, the Gloucester Mountain Man Tri Challenges draws competitors from across the state.
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The Steps is what camping in the Barrington Tops region should be: natural beauty & friendly wildlife at the most picturesque rapids on the beautiful Barrington River.
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Kings Lodge is a fully furnished 4 bedroom home offering comfortable self-contained accommodation for your Gloucester visit, within easy walking distance to the shopping centre on the main street.
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The Ridge offers luxury self-contained accommodation in Gloucester where you can enjoy stunning views from its commanding position at the foot of the Bucketts Mountains.
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Nestled atop the hills overlooking the scenic Gloucester valley, the luxurious Kia Ora Lookout Retreat is situated on 30 acres, combining the best of rural lifestyle with modern comforts.
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Karamea is a unique heritage homestead within Curracabundi National Park, owned & operated by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, perfect for groups of up to 10 people.
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Newly renovated, ​Coppers Hill is affordable self-contained accommodation conveniently located in the centre of Gloucester, in boutique motel style.
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The Great Escape Lofts offer comfortable 4-star rated self-contained loft-style apartments set in landscaped grounds with saltwater swimming pool.
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Set on 2 peaceful acres of established gardens, Shady Trees Barrington is a 2 bedroom country holiday home with wood fire, it feels like your home away from home!
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Serendipity On Barrington is a contemporary & supremely comfortable self-contained holiday home in Barrington village featuring a salt water swimming pool.
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The Steps is an exceptional spot for a riverside picnic at the most picturesque rapids on the Barrington River & it’s available for day users to enjoy swimming, exploring & mountain biking.
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Located close to the Aussie Ark conservation facility near Barrington Tops, Devil’s Retreat is a farmstay-style retreat that’s the perfect place to relax with tickets to see the Tassie Devils included!
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Looking for some outdoor activity off the river? Then take your mountain bike to The Steps Mountain Bike Park – the only purpose-built mountain bike park in the region!
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Cundle Flat Farm is an idyllic 350 acre beef cattle farm with superb riverside camping on the Manning River where you can enjoy the seclusion & picturesque location.
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Is that a meat-eating Australovenator (“Southern Hunter”) waiting for you beyond those fern trees or just a harmless herbivore Minmi paravertebra or a Muttaburrasaurus langdoni ? Read More

Horse riding along the Cobark River

For spectacular horse riding near Gloucester, come and join other horse lovers and ride over the mountain trails and streams in the foothills of the beautiful Barrington Tops and Cobark Valley.
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The thrill of going over a rocky cliff and defying gravity is one of the great lures of abseiling & you can try it at two scenic locations in Gloucester.
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Looking for some outdoor activity off the river? Then don’t forget to bring your mountain bike to The Steps Mountain Bike Park at Gloucester because we have the only purpose-built mountain bike park in the region!
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In Barrington Tops over 60 years ago, Newcastle Bushwalking Club built two explorer’s huts for hikers needing shelter, named after founding members: Selby Alley and Darby Munro. Read More

Isn’t it time you disconnected to reconnect? This extraordinary stone circle labyrinth is just one of many transformative experiences for those seeking respite from an intrusive world. Read More

At Gloucester Tops within Barrington Tops National Park you can step behind the green curtain into a dimly lit world of ancient Antarctic beech, brightly coloured fungi, towering tree ferns and pure mountain streams tumbling down mossy cascades. Read More

At Woko National Park the Manning River flows gently past a pretty campground within this little-known national park with easy bushwalking tracks and plentiful wildlife. Read More

Karamea Homestead now open

The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service have proudly opened up Karamea Homestead for stays, set within beautiful Curracabundi National Park near Gloucester. Tucked away on an old grazing property at Giro, this federation-style timber homestead sleeps up to 10 guests. The isolated rural setting makes Karamea Homestead the perfect place for those looking to unplug and soak up the natural beauty of Curracabundi National Park.

With views of the Bretti Range, and an exotic garden filled with mango, avocado and fig trees, you’ll have no trouble relaxing here. Spend your days swimming in the nearby river, or horseriders can bring their own horses to explore some of the specially designated riding trails. When the sun sets it’s time to sit under the stars and roast marshmallows on the outdoor fireplace.

When you step out to explore Curracabundi National Park, keep your eyes peeled for brush-tailed rock wallabies on the nearby rocky cliffs. Keen bird watchers might be lucky enough to spot wedge-tailed eagles and nankeen kestrels in the skies above the homestead.

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Devil Ark Tours | 2016 dates

There’s no other experience like this on the Australian mainland! You’ve all heard about the Devil Ark conservation project in Barrington Tops, now you can join a tour to see these iconic Tasmanian animals in a wild environment and meet some joeys up close!

Tour groups are met by the Devil Ark supervisor at the Victoria Pub at Moonan Flat (on the western side of Barrington Tops) at 9.00am on the day of the tour to accompany you to Devil Ark in your own car for a 10.00am tour start. Participants travelling from Gloucester should contact the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre to arrange a closer meeting point at Honeysuckle Picnic Area instead.

This fully escorted tour runs for 2.5 hours at Devil Ark and features a tour of the Devil Ark Centre, complete with state of the art displays. The tour will then take in some devil enrichment, a special form of feeding which encourages wild behaviour, interaction with joeys born at Devil Ark earlier this year and a rare chance to become immersed in the devil’s natural habitat by entering huge free range enclosures to witness wild devils in truly wild conditions.

Space is limited to 12 persons per departure, adults $150; child 8-15yrs $100.

Book online at www.devilark.org.au/devil-ark-tours

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