National Parks of The Upper Hunter

Each National Park, Nature reserve, Wilderness area or State Park features something unique; whether it be the world heritage listed Barrington Tops; the never-ending burning coal seam of Burning Mountain; the picturesque landscape within Goulburn River National Park.

Read further below for an overview of each National Park.

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Barrington Tops National Park

The World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park lies between Scone, Dungog and Gloucester. The Upper Hunter provides a western gateway to the Park from Scone.

Over 390 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects can be found in the wilderness area. Enjoy the scenic drive along Barrington Tops Forrest Road and stop off at many of the lookouts for fantastic views over the Hunter Valley. The Barrington Tops plateau has a host of facilities and plenty of picnic areas for the day traveller with easy short walks. Camping facilities are available at Polblue, Devil’s Hole, Gummi Falls and Manning River. A range of hiking trails exist throughout the Park.

The majestic snow-covered ranges of the Barrington Tops are a must-see destination in winter.

With a highest peak of 1586m above sea level, snow may be possible at any time of the year but is more likely to occur in the colder months between May and June. The best spots to experience the snow are at the higher elevations on the plateau, accessible by vehicle on the Barrington Tops Forest Road. The main access road is steep and unsealed and can become very slippery in ice or snow. 4WD vehicles with good tyres and high ground clearance are better suited to the hazardous conditions, however, the road may be closed to all vehicles at short notice to ensure the safety of visitors.

To increase your chances of finding settled snow on the ground first check with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) weather forecast before you go, or visit the Barrington Tops Snow Chasers page on Facebook for the latest updates.

Weather conditions at Barrington Tops can change very quickly so always be prepared and take spare warm dry clothing, blankets, food and water as a minimum.

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve
Towarri National Park

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