Itineraries & Trails
Barrington Tops Lookouts – Scenic Drive
If you come to Gloucester especially for World Heritage Barrington Tops, then this full day’s drive will take you to see the very best of this spectacular wilderness. You’ll pass through verdant rural landscapes that are pretty enough on their own, to climb up 1500 metres to the Barrington plateau where snow-fed streams feed the mighty rivers of this region. There are countless photo opportunities, lookouts, walking trails, picnic spots, wide vistas and secret hidden treasures within this cherished national park. You’ll wish you had more time to stay. (Caution: most of this road is unsealed, please drive according to the conditions, check with Visitor Information Centre on 6558 1408.)
Start point: Gloucester Visitor Information Centre (27 Denison Street)
End point: Billabong Park, enter via Boundary Street
Featuring: Barrington village, Barrington Bridge, Copeland village, Cobark Lookout, Moppy Lookout, Honeysuckle, Thunderbolts Lookout, Devils Hole Lookout, Polblue, The Firs, Dingo Gate, The Rock, Manning River Falls.
This return trip is approximately 150km so make sure you have a full tank of petrol, warm clothing (even in non-winter months), plus plenty of water and food for your picnic (there are no shops).
Your full day driving adventure visits the magnificent Antarctic Beech forest and tree fern groves at Honeysuckle, famous Thunderbolt’s Lookout, the renowned sphagnum ponds of Polblue Swamp and the phallic Rock. Plus you’ll see the less-visited Barrington Tops features of The Firs, the Dingo Gate and the delightful Manning River Falls.
All roads in the parks and state forests are unsealed, they are suitable for 2-wheel-drive vehicles in good condition, most of the time. Some tracks, trails and roads are closed in winter due to snowdrift while others will have slippery mud-coloured ice. Please drive according to the conditions.Add to my itinerary