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River walking track is a 2.5km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.
River walking track is sure to delight the whole family on a nature escape in Barrington Tops National Park, a short drive from Gloucester. The easy track heads west into a shallow valley from Antarctic Beech Forest walking track to Gloucester Tops picnic area, in Gloucester Tops. The kids will love the chance to see wombats, while joining you in a spot of birdwatching.
Snow and mountain gums rise up from a carpet of snow grass and lomandra, while crimson rosellas often flit through the trees. In spring, the valley erupts with a colourful display of wildflowers, such as triggerplants, billy buttons, bluebells, and rice flowers. Crossing a creek, the track meets the quiet flowing Gloucester River. Stop here for a break and you might see wombats, grey kangaroos, and red-necked wallabies.
Stop for a picnic at Gloucester Tops picnic area before returning to your car via the road (0.8km). If you’re ready for more, join the nearby Gloucester Falls walking track to watch the river pour into the valley below.
Take a virtual tour of River walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.
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.
River walking track starts at Antarctic Beech Forest carpark 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 Antarctic Beech Forest carpark Road quality Unsealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is available opposite the track head, at Antarctic Beech Forest carpark.
The return walk via the road is 0.8km
Check the weather before you set 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.