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Blue Gum loop trail is a 3.5km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
This delightful track offers a soothing riverside walk through patches of untouched forest in Barrington Tops National Park. From Williams River picnic area, Blue Gum loop trail crosses the magnificent Williams River, winding past cascades, eucalypts, and rainforest before joining the southern end of Rocky Crossing walk.
While crossing a high steel span bridge, stop to take in the beautiful views of the river. Passing through vigorous young Sydney blue gums, you’ll see signs of past logging along the track. Further on, a short detour leads to scenic Fern Creek cascades, where you might be tempted to unroll the picnic blanket.
Back across the river, the track enters an enchanting patch of ancient rainforest. Be sure to look high in the moss-covered branches for birds nest ferns and orchids. Nearing the end of the path, huge Sydney blue gums soar above, with several short detours leading to secluded river spots, such as Crystal Pools. Round off your walk with a refreshing swim.
About the region
Barrington Tops National Park in the North Coast and Country NSW regions
Barrington Tops National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Blue Gum loop trail starts from Williams River picnic area in the Lagoon Pinch to Williams River precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:Take Chichester Dam Road from Dungog for approximately 10kmTurn left into Salisbury RoadContinue on for approximately 30km and look for the signs to the picnic area Parking Parking is available at Williams River picnic area, including a designated disabled spot.
Strong currents may be present along Williams River – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out, remember to take a hat and bring plenty of water
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.