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Gloucester River walking track is a 2.5km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
This track is an ideal walk for your next family getaway, and the rich nature wonderland is perfect for budding David Attenboroughs. Starting at Gloucester River campground, this walking track takes in the scenic river and nearby gullies, with great views, and plenty of chances for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.
Crossing the river, look for the shy platypus and long-necked tortoise before climbing uphill through paperbarks and towering Sydney blue gums. The cries of yellow-tailed black-cockatoos above the canopy often mingle with the ever-present sound of rushing rapids from below. You may hear the piping shrill of lyrebirds, and see the tell-tale signs of a satin bower bird nest.
Round off your walk with a swim and a riverside picnic and, if you’re hooked, make a weekend of it by camping overnight at Gloucester River campground and in the morning set out along Sharpes Creek walking track.
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.
Gloucester River walking track starts from Gloucester River campground in the Gloucester Tops precinct of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there:From Bucketts Way, between Gloucester and Stroud.Turn into Gloucester Tops Road and continue to Gloucester River campground Parking Parking is available at Gloucester River campground.
It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out, remember to take a hat and plenty of water.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
Strong currents may be present at Gloucester River – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
If you’re bushwalking in this park it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map, compass and GPS.
This walk involves wading across Gloucester River, so it is advised not to attempt this during times of heavy rain as the river can rise quickly.
This walk may also be closed at different times of the year due to weather or fires, so it’s advised to check with the local Gloucester NPWS office on (02) 6538 5300.
Check the weather before you set out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during periods of wet weather
A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
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.