Embrace the energy of 1000-year-old trees in the remnant Gondwana rainforests in Barrington Tops, you’ll feel like you’re on the filmset for Lord of The Rings.
The rainforests of World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance, forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.
The park is a bushwalker’s paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening.
For those visiting for the day, there are lots of picnic and barbecue areas to enjoy, cycling trails to be explored and views from the park’s lookouts that need to be seen to be believed. Fishing is a popular activity in the park between October and May; you might catch a rainbow or brown trout. In winter there is a regular dusting of snow on the high peaks.
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- HOW: Honeysuckle Forest Track, Barrington Tops Forest Road via Gloucester.
- COST: Free
- CONTACT: Pick up a free map at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre at 27 Denison St. Call 6538 5252 or visit www.gloucestertourism.com.au