50 years since Barrington Tops declared a national park

TOURS: Your chance to get free guided tours on some walking tracks at Barrington Tops. Photograph: NSW National Parks and Wildlife
TOURS: Your chance to get free guided tours on some walking tracks at Barrington Tops. Photograph: NSW National Parks and Wildlife

Barrington Tops National Park turns 50 this month and the public is invited to the scenic wonderland to help celebrate.

On Saturday, November 2, National Parks and Wildlife will mark 50 years since the park was gazetted as a NSW National Park.

Free guided tours and activities have been arranged for the public who are asked to bring their own lunch and register their interest in attending.

Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500 metres and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia.

Barrington Tops National Park is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, a UNESCO World Heritage Area celebrating its 25th anniversary of listing.

There will be free activities from 10.30am at the Polblue campground with a formal ceremony from 11.30am.

Honeysuckle Forest track is an easy one kilometre walk.

There will be free guided walks on the track at 11am to 11.45am, 12pm to 12.45pm, 1pm to 1.45pm, 2pm to 2.45pm and 3pm to 3.45pm

Polblue Swamp track is a three kilometre loop.

Free guided walks of the Polblue Swamp track will run from 2pm to 4pm and can take 30 minutes to one hour.

You will have the chance to speak to a roving guide at the Devils Hole lookout from 11am to 1pm.

This scenic track is wheelchair friendly and on a clear day, the view extends to the coast, over 90 kilometres to the east.

Polblue campground is closed to campers on Friday, November 1 until to Sunday, November 3 due to the anniversary celebrations.

Other campgrounds remain open.

You can register your interest for the day with National Parks via email: npws.huntercentralcoastbranch@environment.nsw.gov.au or phone the Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.