Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Escape up! to natural wilderness

Upper Hunter Country is surrounded by magnificent national parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas and state forests and each features something unique.

The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia's World Heritage Area.

Carved out of volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects on the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.

Towarri is a diverse landscape of various vegetations types. Pockets of rainforest, stands of large grass trees and sections of snow gum coexist within the park.

There's also a wide range of birds, including the endangered speckled warbler.

Sandstone outcrops offer sweeping scenic views of the Upper Hunter and a lack of defined tracks in the park's mountainous terrain allow hikers the freedom to independently explore. After a vigorous walk you can always cool off in the Washpools water hole - a natural swimming spot.

Look out for the Caligula skink, which is only found here in the Liverpool Ranges and in the Barrington Tops.

 Camping opportunities don't come any more spectacular than the Goulburn River National Park.

The Park stretches along 90km of the river, and its wide, sandy banks and forest landscape offer easy walking and good swimming - particularly in summer - as well as some amazing bird watching.

When you're not bird watching, keep an eye out for eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and wombats, which are also common in this area.

Wollemi National Park is NSW's largest wilderness area covering 492,220ha. A spectacular maze of deep canyons, rocky cliffs and undisturbed forest.

Wildlife abounds in this national park with a rich variety of diverse species including eastern grey kangaroos, brush tailed wallabies, wombats, echidnas, gliders, geckos, wedge-tailed eagles and a variety of snakes including the rare broad-headed snake. 

Other highlights include Burning Mountain in Wingen, Giant's Leap in Sandy Hollow and the Drip Gorge near Merriwa.

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