Walking On Gloucester Tops

Gloucester Tops is a virtual water wonderland. You need to drive through the rivers via causeways and bridges to get there. You can swim or float on airbeds at lazy campsites beside the bubbling streams.

At higher altitudes the rivers tumble over the rocky escarpments in endless waterfalls and cascades. Depending on the season, the air can be full of mountain mist, driving thunderstorm rain or snowflakes falling gently onto rainforest flora.

The high altitude of Gloucester Tops makes it a perfect destination to escape the summer heat. Walking the tracks beneath the rainforest canopy or splashing in a mountain stream are wonderful ways to spend those hot days of summer.

From the Pacific Highway north from Newcastle, the scenic Bucketts Way is followed to the turn off to the Gloucester Tops section of the Barrington Tops National Park, 10km south of Gloucester. It is advisable to go into Gloucester to call into the Visitor Information Centre or National Park office. Supplies can be obtained and cafes enjoyed. Local towns that rely on environmental tourism should be supported…

Story and Images Gregory Powell.