Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

NSW & ACT specific bushwalking discussion.
Forum rules
NSW & ACT specific bushwalking discussion. Please avoid publishing details of access to sensitive areas with no tracks.

Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby sarah7986 » Sat 16 Aug, 2014 7:55 am

I'm looking for suggestions for 3 day hikes in Barrington Tops (or another park in the area) for a trip in September. Any help appreciated as I haven't visited the area before. Thanks.
sarah7986
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Nothofagus cunninghamii
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat 16 Aug, 2014 7:37 am
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Female

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby kevster » Wed 20 Aug, 2014 11:30 pm

To answer this question will depend on whether you are going in a group, whether you have access to multiple vehicles, where you are coming from and whether endless driving to setup cars is not going to burn a friendship, whether you like to do climbs and happy with 20km+ days or happy to do car camping.
Three days (2 nights) in a loop could mean you could i) start at Gloucester Tops and head to Carey's Peak (night 1) via the Link Trail and explore the plateau (night 2) before returning the same way. These are 25km plus days but relatively minor ascents and descents.
Another option ii) is to start at Lagoon Pinch and take the Corker Trail to Carey's Peak (about 12km) but ascending 900m and stay night 1. Explore the plateau (minding the Phytophthora area) and stay a night 2 before heading back down the Corker Trail. You could also spend Night 2 at Selby Alley hut before resuming the Corker Trail descent.
Option iii) and there are too many options is maybe start at Gloucester River and take the Mountaineer path which winds up to Gloucester Tops. This is a tight single night hike but could be spread out over 2 nights as exploring the Gloucester Tops area can be fun and to take it all in. The western area of the NP also offers numerous walks onto the high plateau as well. Hope this all helps!
kevster
Nothofagus cunninghamii
Nothofagus cunninghamii
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat 09 Jun, 2012 11:19 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby forest » Thu 21 Aug, 2014 8:16 am

Lots of options for three nights.
Kevster has suggested some good ones.
Careys Peak and the Junction Pools area would me my main tip, really nice spots. There is some nice little loops around that area, Aeroplane Hill, Edwards Swamp Track, Barrington Trail etc.
The National Parks website is a lot more helpful than it was, looks to have had a recent upgrade. Edwards Swamp track doesn't show up but it loops from Carey's Peak back around to Junction Pools, it's nice walking.
How you get there, well that's half the fun in planning that. I'm a Corker Trail fan but do enjoy a good climb, it's a bit of a buster though but well worth it.
IMO best way into Barringtoon Tops, you really get to see all the different forest types change as you gain elevation.
I am a GEAR JUNKIE and GRAM COUNTER !!

There, It's out. I said it, Ahh I feel better now :lol:
User avatar
forest
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 892
Joined: Wed 13 Jul, 2011 9:21 am
Location: Hunter Valley
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby kjbeath » Sat 23 Aug, 2014 1:17 pm

My suggestions would be the same as kevsters, except after the link trail from Gloucester Tops camp at Wombat Creek. It has easier access to water, although it doesn't give the option to watch the sunrise. For the daywalk a side trip to Selby Alley hut is very worthwhile although the track off the Corker is not marked, then Careys Peak, Edwards Swamp, Junction Pools, Aeroplane Hill and back to Wombat Creek makes a nice day.

With a Car shuffle it is possible to go up the corker to Wombat creek with a side trip to Careys Peak, across the Link trail to Gloucester Tops, and then down the Mountaineer and the Mt Nelson Trail.

Another way in is from Polblue, walking along the Barrington Trail. Problem is the 4WD and would probably not want to camp with them a Junction Pools. Could go just to Little Murray, a very short day and have a loop walking around the Tops for a relaxed 3 day walk. I wouldn't bother walking to Mt Barrington.
kjbeath
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 174
Joined: Tue 28 Sep, 2010 6:02 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby davidmorr » Wed 27 Aug, 2014 10:53 pm

kevster wrote:To answer this question will depend on whether you are going in a group, whether you have access to multiple vehicles, where you are coming from and whether endless driving to setup cars is not going to burn a friendship, whether you like to do climbs and happy with 20km+ days or happy to do car camping.
Three days (2 nights) in a loop could mean you could i) start at Gloucester Tops and head to Carey's Peak (night 1) via the Link Trail and explore the plateau (night 2) before returning the same way. These are 25km plus days but relatively minor ascents and descents.
I think you are being a bit pessimistic. Gloucester Tops to Carey's Peak is only 19km according to NPWS. Knock about 3 off that if you camp at Wombat Creek. Wombat Creek - Carey's Peak - Edwards Swamp Trail - Junction Pools - Aeroplane Hill - Black Swamp - Wombat Creek would not be any more than 19km, probably less.

I did both of these walks at Easter. Really lovely three days of walking. Even better is if you can get someone to drop you off and pick you up is to go down the Corker to Lagoon Pinch instead of back to Gloucester Tops. Do not try to do a car shuffle - it is a very long way. I would guess about two hours from one end to the other by road.
This post is copyright by davidmorr. Permission to reproduce elsewhere may be granted on application. Please PM me for details.
davidmorr
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 407
Joined: Tue 09 Feb, 2010 11:39 pm
Location: Newcastle
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Huntsman247 » Fri 22 May, 2020 12:34 pm

To revive this thread I'm curious about this area. I've never been here before but looking to plan a trip to get away for 3 days once where allowed too.
Whats the walking in Barrington NP like? A bit of research seems to indicate that its all 4wd tracks everywhere. Is this right? Are there walking tracks up there? Looking to stay away from wide roads.
Also what we be the recommendations for a bit of a circuit in this park over 3 days?

Cheers in advance.
User avatar
Huntsman247
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 385
Joined: Wed 22 Mar, 2017 10:07 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby davidmorr » Fri 22 May, 2020 1:00 pm

Huntsman247 wrote:Whats the walking in Barrington NP like? A bit of research seems to indicate that its all 4wd tracks everywhere. Is this right? Are there walking tracks up there? Looking to stay away from wide roads.
Also what we be the recommendations for a bit of a circuit in this park over 3 days?

Most of the tracks are on closed and largely unused roads (Corker, Link Trail) and are very pleasant walking. Most of the active roads are closed over winter too.

And ofc at present the park is closed for any camping.

Note also the Phytophthera quarantine area covering the Watergauge Trail, the Big Hole and Beean Beean. Please keep out of it. Already there are other areas showing signs of phytophtera infestation :-(
Last edited by davidmorr on Fri 22 May, 2020 7:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
This post is copyright by davidmorr. Permission to reproduce elsewhere may be granted on application. Please PM me for details.
davidmorr
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 407
Joined: Tue 09 Feb, 2010 11:39 pm
Location: Newcastle
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby puredingo » Fri 22 May, 2020 6:50 pm

All I know about the place is that pig hunters love it. Must have a pretty reliable feral population for people to travel from everywhere to hunt it? Besides distance that’s one of the reasons I’ve never been in a hurry to get there, although it does look spectacular and wild!
puredingo
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
Phyllocladus aspleniifolius
 
Posts: 917
Joined: Mon 13 Feb, 2012 6:54 am
Region: New South Wales

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Ms_Mudd » Fri 22 May, 2020 7:37 pm

The 4wd off shoot tracks are all gated due to COVID at the moment as davidmorr said above, with restrictions set to ease June 1st- which conveniently for us walkers, coincides with the dates that NPWS routinely LOCK the vehicle gates for the Winter season. :D Best time to walk when you can have your pick of the campsites with no 4wders with associated noise and activity.

The main 4wd access point that goes along the top (through Polblue area and out through the Dingo Gate down to Moonan Brook) stays open all year though- plenty of people up there trying to see the snow through Winter. Avoid that section and you are sweet.

Perfectly possible to get a nice 3 day walk in, but planning it so that you don't need a car shuffle is the thing to consider. Access points for the NP are located quite some distance from each other, so better to go in and out via the one way ie. Gloucester Tops , or alternatively Williams River (lovely singletrack walk along Rocky Crossing Track then onto the Corker from there) and explore in a loop of some sort once up the top. Yes, most of the tracks up on the plateau are wide and although closed to vehicles are wide enough to accommodate them. Such a special place though, huts to find and explore, if going in via Rocky Crossing, you start your day in beautiful rainforest surrounds and end up in a sub alpine environment. Pretty amazing shift in a single days walking.
User avatar
Ms_Mudd
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 442
Joined: Fri 23 Mar, 2018 11:26 am
Location: NSW
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Female

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Xplora » Sat 23 May, 2020 8:33 am

Plenty of options for 3 days and lots of info on Barrington tops to be found. I would concur the walk up from where the old guest house was via Rocky creek is worthwhile. Lots of leaches though. Then the corker which is steep but not too difficult. If you can find Selby Alley hut then it would be a great place to camp and base or there are the other places such as Wombat creek. I have done some off track navigation to Junction Pools which avoids the roads and would be a day excursion which could include the peak. The link road is also a nice walk in and an easier grade. I wonder if NPWS has changed the sign at the start which has the distance well exaggerated. Good views when it is clear and great vegetation. Keep an eye out for the strangling figs along the Rocky Creek walk.
Xplora
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1105
Joined: Sat 01 Aug, 2015 7:24 am
Region: Victoria
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sat 23 May, 2020 11:13 am

Xplora wrote: I wonder if NPWS has changed the sign at the start which has the distance well exaggerated.


Nope, still there :lol:
User avatar
Ms_Mudd
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 442
Joined: Fri 23 Mar, 2018 11:26 am
Location: NSW
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Female

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Huntsman247 » Mon 25 May, 2020 2:15 pm

Thanks for the suggestions and info! Much food for thought.
Don't worry I'm well aware of the restrictions atm and have exercised great self control to obey them.
But like many here on the forum I plan to do a bit more serious self isolation when the restrictions allow for it.
User avatar
Huntsman247
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 385
Joined: Wed 22 Mar, 2017 10:07 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Ant71 » Mon 25 May, 2020 7:53 pm

Ms_Mudd wrote:
Xplora wrote: I wonder if NPWS has changed the sign at the start which has the distance well exaggerated.


Nope, still there :lol:


How long is the Link trail? And how long would it take to walk approximately?
Ant71
Atherosperma moschatum
Atherosperma moschatum
 
Posts: 66
Joined: Tue 24 Nov, 2015 7:27 pm
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Neo » Mon 25 May, 2020 9:45 pm

A couple of January's ago I parked at the end of Kerripit Trail and walked the Link Trail, camping by the trail near Wombat Creek campground. It was an overgrown fire trail and pretty nice walking. One night out, think I got water at Wombat.
Neo
Athrotaxis selaginoides
Athrotaxis selaginoides
 
Posts: 1418
Joined: Wed 31 Aug, 2016 4:53 pm
Location: Port Macquarie NSW
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Male

Re: Barrington Tops 3 day hikes

Postby Ms_Mudd » Mon 25 May, 2020 11:40 pm

Ant71 wrote:
Ms_Mudd wrote:
Xplora wrote: I wonder if NPWS has changed the sign at the start which has the distance well exaggerated.


Nope, still there :lol:


How long is the Link trail?

It's about 20km. Neos description trail description is accurate, not sure how long it would take you. No big ascent like coming in from the Corker
User avatar
Ms_Mudd
Athrotaxis cupressoides
Athrotaxis cupressoides
 
Posts: 442
Joined: Fri 23 Mar, 2018 11:26 am
Location: NSW
Region: New South Wales
Gender: Female


Return to New South Wales & ACT

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest