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walking distance: 23.9 km
duration: 0:00 h
walking: 0:00 h
elevation diff: m
location: Barrington Tops
driving distance: 255 km
driving time: 3:15 h
water available: yes
parking: -32.1102,151.4766


gps tracks

Total distance: 23915 m
Max elevation: 0 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 0 m
Download file: big_hole.gpx

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Track notes

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In the northern part of New South Wales lies a unique top surrounded by snow grass plains and snow gums. The top is called Barrington, it has extensive plateau which is about 1500 m above sea level. Despite of being a remote area, Barrington Top remain as one of the most interesting place in Australia.
Wild animals are seen in the area including brumbies, dingoes and wild pigs. The plateau has lush sub-tropical forest on its slopes and a cool temperate forest near the top where you will get to see Antarctic beech trees and lyrebirds.
Access to the area is by driving to the Lagoon Pinch which has 700 m elevation. There is a small picnic area at the pinch which served as the starting point of the walk circuit.
Summary:
A 25.6 km medium grade walk that will take two days to complete.
Directions:
From the Lagoon Pinch’ picnic area, the road continues up the mountain.
After 4 km you need to take another climb that is about 700 m to 1400 m elevation.
The area is known as Corker. It served as the entry point to Barrington Tops National Park.
At the north side of Corker you need to take the 3 km climb and reach the jeep track junction which is about 7 km from the Lagoon Pinch.
At the left side lies a Careys Peak which is about 2 km from the Pinch and the Wombat Creek at the right which is about 400 m distant.
Follow the Gloucester Tops Track for just 300 m then fork left for 100 m to reach the Wombat Creek.
The creek has camp sites and fireplaces, it is also the best spot to take your lunch.
After lunch go back to the nearby junction and continue uphill north-west which is about 1 km towards Careys Peak to another jeep track junction.
The left fork is going to Careys Peak while the right fork leads to the Big Hole.
Go right (north-north-east) and continue to walk downhill which is about 3 km passing through the Black swamp to the Big Hole.
You will get to see a large deep-pool on the Barrington River filled with sub-alpine setting.
The area is an ideal spot for camping and swimming.
It is about 3 – 4 1/2 hours to reach the big hole.
The following day, a retrace to the Careys Peak should be done. First retrace 3 km and then turn right for about 1 km west.
For the 1 km deviation you need to go 700 m then fork left downhill to Careys Hut (an old tin hut) which is about 100 m away.
The hut is just at the saddle at the north-east side of Careys Peak summit.
There are two foot tracks in the area which is about 200 m long to the summit.
When the summit is reached you will get to see a sundial and panorama.
Take your time to enjoy the beautiful vegetation and a temperate forest in the south.
At the southern flank of the plateau is the beautiful Allyn River.
After the descent you may retrace the track back to the Wombat Creek for lunch.
After lunch, simply descend the jeep track passing through the lovely forest to go back to the Lagoon Pinch.
When to go:
Any season
Facilities:
Picnic area at the Wombat Creek
Well defined-tracks


Alerts

Barrington Tops National Park

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester
UPDATE Oct 2022: Work has commenced on repairing the road and renewing the access to the Barrington Tops from Gloucester. NSW Forestry Corporation anticipates the works will take about 12 weeks, weather dependant.
The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by NSW Forestry Corporation until further notice due to serious damage caused during a weather event.
You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park picnic area and Dilgry Circle intersection. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.
Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

Closed areas: Rocky Crossing walk partially closed due to works
Rocky Crossing walk is currently closed above Blue Gum loop through to the Rocky Crossing turn-off due to track works. Works have been delayed due to wet weather, and the reopening date is not known at this stage.
You can still access Rocky Crossing falls from Williams Top picnic area. Williams River picnic area and Blue Gum loop trail remain open, but take care on Blue Gum loop as contractors may be operating in the area. Follow onsite signage and directions from staff and contractors.
For more information contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

Safety alerts: Williams Top Road closed
Williams Top Road has been closed by Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) due to a landslip. The closure affects access to the following areas in this park:

  • Lagoon Pinch picnic area
  • Corker trail
  • Wombat Creek campground
  • Careys Peak (via Corker trail)
  • Rocky Crossing walk
For more information on the closure visit the FCNSW website. The road re-opening date is not known at this stage.
Alternate access via Chichester State Forest (Allyn River) may be available but is subject to regular flooding and varied road conditions.
For information on access to visitor sites in Barrington Tops National Park contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300 or Dungog Visitor Centre on 02 4992 2212.

Closed areas: Burraga Swamp walking track closed
Burraga Swamp walking track is closed, including the carpark area. This is due to the closure of Mount Allyn Road in Chichester State Forest as a result of wet weather and land slips.
The road reopening date is not known at this stage. For more details, please visit the Forestry Corporation NSW website or contact the local park office.

Closed areas: Phytophthora quarantine area - Barrington Tops National Park
Phytophthora is a mould that causes dieback in plants. It's been found on the plateau in Barrington Tops National Park, predominantly on the Watergauge trail between Beean Beean and Black Swamp. The affected area is under quarantine with absolutely no visitor access.
Phytophthora is readily spread by mud carried by walkers' shoes and mountain-bike tyres. There are boot wash stations across the plateau for walkers to use, to ensure their boots 'Start clean, Stay clean'.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the NPWS Gloucester area office on (02) 6538 5300.

Closed areas: Barrington Trail south partial closure
Barrington Trail south is closed south of the Junction Pools trail intersection due to trail damage caused by wet weather.
Visitors can still access both Junction Pools and Little Murray camping areas by 4WD on the section of the track that is open.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program from 8th October 2022 to 7th April 2023 in the following reserves:
  • Barrington Tops National Park / State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve / State Conservation Area
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawney Pass National Park
  • Curracabundi group of reserves
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park
Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.
The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.
The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.
Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.

Barrington Tops State Conservation Area

Other incidents: Main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau closed from Gloucester
UPDATE Oct 2022: Work has commenced on repairing the road and renewing the access to the Barrington Tops from Gloucester. NSW Forestry Corporation anticipates the works will take about 12 weeks, weather dependant.
The main access road to Barrington Tops Plateau from Gloucester has been closed by NSW Forestry Corporation until further notice due to serious damage caused during a weather event.
You can only access campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau from the western side via Scone. Barrington Tops Forest Road (also known as the Scone-Gloucester Road) is closed between Cobark Park picnic area and Dilgry Circle intersection. There is no access from Gloucester to Scone on this road.
Road re-opening dates are unknown at this stage, however NSW Forestry Corporation is working on restoring the road. This media release has more information.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For latest traffic information, please visit the Live Traffic website. For further information call the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.

Closed areas: Tubrabucca Road closed
Tubrabucca Road is closed until further notice between Barrington trail (central) and Paddys Ridge trail due to multiple bridge failures.
An engineer has assessed the bridges and deemed them unsafe to all traffic. NPWS are working towards replacing the bridges as soon as possible.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

Closed areas: Gummi Falls campground closed for upgrade
Gummi Falls campground is closed from Saturday 1 October 2022 for upgrades - the length of this closure is very weather dependent.
This closure includes access to Bullock Brush, Tugalow and Thunderbolts (between Barrington Tops Forest Road and Pheasants Creek Road) trails.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the local NPWS office on 02 6538 5300.

Safety alerts: Notice of 1080 aerial baiting program
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an ongoing ground and aerial baiting program from 8th October 2022 to 7th April 2023 in the following reserves:

  • Barrington Tops National Park / State Conservation Area
  • Berrico Nature Reserve
  • Black Bulga State Conservation Area
  • Camerons Gorge Nature Reserve / State Conservation Area
  • Copeland Tops State Conservation Area
  • Crawney Pass National Park
  • Curracabundi group of reserves
  • Monkerai Nature Reserve
  • Towarri National Park
  • The Glen Nature Reserve
  • Wallabadah Nature Reserve
  • Woolooma National Park
Aerial baiting is scheduled for Saturday 8th October to Friday 14th October 2022.
The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of wild dogs and foxes.
The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.
Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.
For more information, contact the NPWS Scone area office on 02 6540 2300.



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2 Comments

  1. Save the Barringtons

    This should not be on the internet.
    The Big Hole, along with much of this area between the Black Swamp and Beean Beean, is closed to visitor access.
    It has been closed since 2011 due to the presence of Phytopthora Dieback.
    This is to prevent the further spread of this mould to other parts of the Tops.
    PLEASE DO YOUR BIT TO SAVE THE BARRINGTONS AND DO NOT GO ON THIS TRAIL.

    1. Pawel Olas

      hi, you are totally right. this is not meant to be publicly visible as this is on my list of “places I want to visit one day” and it looks like google robots just managed to discover the page and added it to the index. I will look for a way to hide all my planned trips from google and make them inaccessible. that page shouldn’t be accessible anywhere on the website…

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