Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country

Closed areas: Annual winter closure of 4WD trails on Barrington Tops

4WD trails on Barrington Tops will be closed to all vehicles from 1 June 2017 to 1 October 2017 for annual seasonal closure. The closed trails are:

  • Barrington trail (south and north)
  • Paddys Ridge trail
  • Butchers Swamp trail
  • Bullock Brush trail
  • Tugalow trail
  • Thunderbolts trail

Trail closures mean there is no vehicle access to the following campgrounds during this period:

  • Little Murray
  • Junction Pools
  • Gummi Falls

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300 or the NPWS Scone area office on (02) 6545 1128 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

 Affects 9 locations in this park:

  • Aeroplane Hill walking track
  • Barrington trail
  • Black Swamp campground
  • Careys Peak lookout
  • Careys Peak walking track
  • Junction Pools campground
  • Little Murray campground
  • Mount Barrington picnic area
  • Wombat Creek campground

Published in News
Monday, 07 November 2016 15:08

Trek on up! Upper Hunter Walks

Explore the historical and natural secrets of the Upper Hunter Country by foot and take in the magnificent scenery and historic sites. The rich history and stunning countryside throughout the region is a major part of what makes the Upper Hunter a truly unique place to visit.

In Aberdeen, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone you can embark on a heritage walk in each town and discover hidden secrets from the past. For instance, between 1857 and 1949 some government departments spelled the name "Musclebrook", whist others spelled it "Muswellbrook", and dis you know, The Scone Civic Theatre is of State significance as the last remaining intact art deco theatre designed by prominent theatre architects, Crick and Furse in New South Wales? Historical Town Guides can be collected from all Visitor Information Centres in the Upper Hunter.

While you are in the Upper Hunter, exploring the natural surroundings is an absolute must! The various National Parks and Reserves allow you to appreciate the great outdoors that the Upper Hunter has to offer, with abundant native wildlife, flora and fauna and glorious views of the land that is Upper Hunter Country.

Take a day trip to immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. The Tops is an unspoilt wilderness covering more than 83,000 hectares with easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots waiting for you to discover. Between Scone and Murrurundi, is the home of Australia's only naturally burnign coal seam, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, which is packed with scenic views, birdwatching and picnicking opportunities as well as a two hour return walk.

Nested between Muswellbrook, Merriwa and Mudgee is the Goulburn River National Park honeycombed with caves and sandstone cliffs creating an oasis of walking trails along the sandy river banks of the Goulburn River. Deep canyons, rocky cliff faces and free range forest characterise NSW's largest wilderness area right here in the Upper Hunter - Wollemi National Park. Take a take along Bylong Valley Way down the Widden Valley to appreciate nature at its best.

Extended walks and tours can be organised by contacting National Parks and Wildlife Services at Scone on 6540 2300 or visit

Published in Attractions
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

National Parks fee increase announcement

There will be an increase to entry and camping fees for NSW national parks.

The new fees will commence on 6 October 2015.

In the Upper Hunter NPWS reserves, this increase will affect camping fees at Washpools Camping Area in Towarri National Park, and a number of camping areas in Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area.

The new camping fees for these sites are available on the NPWS website

Further information about the fee increases can be found at on the NPWS website at

National Parks Campsite Fees

Per night

Towarri National Park

• Washpools: $11.50 per adult & $6 per child

Barrington Tops National Park

• Black Swamp: Free

• Wombat Creek: Free

• Devils Hole: $6 per adult & $3.50 per child

• Gloucester River: $11.50 per adult & $6 per child

• Gummi Falls: $6 per adult & $3.50 per child

• Horse Swamp: $6 per adult & $3.50 per child

• Junction Pools: $6 per adult & $3.50 per child

• Little Murray: $6 per adult & $3.50 per child

• Polblue: $11.50 per adult & $ 6 per child

Published in Attractions