NPWS Barrington Tops Campsites

These spectacular sites offer camping accommodation high on the northern side of the Barrington Tops plateau, accessed from Gloucester. They are operated by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPSW): Polblue, Horse Swamp, Devils Hole, Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls. Fees are payable at each site.

These campsites are located in subalpine areas, all of which are above 1400m altitude. Don’t miss the attractions of Honeysuckle Walk, Thunderbolts Lookout, Devils Hole Lookout and Gummi picnic area, all of which are accessible from these campsite locations.

Polbue Campground – (2WD, forty sites) This is the main camping area on the plateau at 1450m altitude set amongst subalpine woodland. It’s a spacious campground centred around a grassy picnic area, and set away from the main road so it’s perfect for camping with children. The campground has caravan and camper trailer sites, as well as scenic tent sites. A great place for a weekend getaway, there’s easy access to some of the attractions in Barrington Tops National Park, including the easy Polblue Swamp walking track. Four-wheelers should also try the nearby Barrington Trail (open seasonally October 1 – May 31). To get there:
Along Barrington Tops Forest Road from Gloucester, the campground is located on the left after passing Devils Hole. Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood), gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point.

Horse Swamp Campground – (2WD) For a change of scenery, visit this remote camping spot high on the plateau of Barrington Tops National Park; it provides fresh mountain air and refreshing landscape to match. Load up the 4WD with your mountain bikes and set up camp among the rippled snow plains, dotted with snowgums in this secluded campground near Polblue campground. Your neighbours will most likely include wombats and eastern grey kangaroos. When you’re ready to explore, grab your mountain bike and head for the bike-friendly trails, such as Careys Peak lookout. To get there: Along Barrington Tops Forest Road from Gloucester, 5km past Polblue campground, turn right into Tubrabucca Road, travel 2 km to arrive at Horse Swamp campground. Facilities: non-flush toilets, picnic tables, wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood), carpark, trackhead/access point.

Devils Hole Campground – (2WD, three sites) At an altitude of 1,400m, Devils Hole campground is probably one of Australia’s highest camping spots. Sat upon the spectacular sub-alpine country of Barrington Tops National Park, it’s a fabulous base for exploring this important refuge for cold-climate woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife. Pitch your tent or park the trailer among the snow gums in this superb little campsite. Or simply stop for a picnic before heading across the road to take in the views from Devils Hole lookout walk and picnic area across the Barrington wilderness. For more views try the nearby Thunderbolts lookout. To get there: Along Barrington Tops Forest Road from Gloucester, the campground and picnic area is located on the right after passing Thunderbolts Lookout. Facilities: wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, lookout, trackhead /access point.

Gummi Falls Campground – (4WD, five sites) If you like to answer the call of the wild with a night in the rugged wilderness, then head for the remote beauty of Gummi campground on the northern boundary of Barrington Tops National Park. Roughly halfway between Scone and Gloucester, you’ll need a 4WD to get to this remote camping spot, high in the sub-alpine region. Gummi Falls campground is in the state conservation area of Barrington Tops National Park. To get there: Along Barrington Tops Forest Road from Gloucester, access is via Bullock Brush trail off Tubrabucca Road. Facilities: non-flush toilets, wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood).

Little Murray Campground – (4WD seasonal access) This remote campground offers a unique wilderness getaway accessed via 4WD. Set up your campsite before exploring the magnificent high country. The swamps of the plateau region have been declared an endangered ecological community with many rare and unique species. Walk or mountain bike to spectacular Careys Peak lookout or plan your bushwalk via Link Trail – Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak. If your style is more leisurely, try your hand at fishing and cook up your catch over a campfire. To get there: Along Barrington Tops Forest Road, turn left into Barrington Trail at Barrington Trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole, follow Barrington Trail for approximately 5km to Little Murray Campground. (NB. Barrington Trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31). Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point.

Junction Pools Campground – (4WD seasonal access, five sites) If you yearn to camp under the stars and enjoy a remote wilderness experience, load up the 4WD and head to Junction Pools campground high in the pristine wilderness of the plateau country. Swim the cool, clear mountain streams, try your hand at trout fishing or hike along the Aeroplane Hill walking track. To get there: Along Barrington Tops Forest Road, turn left into Barrington Trail at Barrington Trail picnic area located on the left after passing Devils Hole,  follow Barrington Trail for approximately 12.5km to Junction Pools campground. (NB. Barrington Trail is only open to vehicles from October 1 – May 31). Facilities: wood barbecues (must bring your own firewood), non-flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

  • WHERE: Barrington Tops Forest Rd, Barrington Tops via Gloucester
  • CONTACT: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service: Barrington Tops Area Office in Church St, Gloucester • 02 6538 5300 •  or contact Gloucester Visitor Information Centre 02 6538 5252 • Campsites at Barrington Tops website

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