Gloucester Tops circuit Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 8km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Gloucester Falls Track, Gloucester Tops

  • End: Gloucester Falls Track, Gloucester Tops

  • Location: Barrington Tops National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 303 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -32.09256598

  • Longitude: 151.5981446

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Gloucester Tops circuit is a 8km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Gloucester Tops circuit is an excellent option for a shorter day walk, and is a great walk to get a sense of the astonishing diversity within the Gloucester Tops area of Barrington Tops National Park.
Set out from Gloucester Falls picnic area along Gloucester Falls walking track. You'll walk through open snow gum woodland to Andrew Laurie lookout, on the edge of the escarpment, and on to Gloucester Falls lookout. Join River walking track, and wander amid sub-alpine woodland. Look out for swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos along this walk. In summer, bluebells, rice flowers and billy buttons are an extra treat. You'll then meet, Antarctic Beech Forest walking track, which features cool temperate rainforest with the canopy of Antarctic beech towering above the tree ferns and damp carpet of moss on the forest floor.
As you walk each track together or individually, keep in mind that you are walking through part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This landscape is millions of years old and plays a critical role in protecting rare and threatened species and sustaining vital resources.

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.

Getting there

Gloucester Tops circuit starts at Gloucester Falls picnic area is 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 RiverContinue past the river for approximately 40 minutesTake the left fork to Gloucester Tops picnic areaTurn left here and continue to Gloucester Falls picnic areaAlternatively, the circuit can also be started from:Antarctic Beech Forest walking trackGloucester River walking track orGloucester Tops picnic area Road quality Unsealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is available at Gloucester Falls picnic area.


Check the weather before setting out as the road to Gloucester River and Gloucester Tops may be inaccessible during wet weather.
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.

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