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Located in the Northern Hunter Region, approximately 200 kilometres north of Sydney, the Barrington Tops region offers an unrivaled experience of world heritage rock formations, deep valleys, natural waterfalls, and unique flora and fauna. As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, Barrington Tops National Park is one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia. The site spans more than 83,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness that is home to hundreds of species of birds, including lyrebirds and satin bowerbirds, insects and larger animals.

Bushwalking trails in this natural expanse take you from subtropical rainforest to ancient beech forests and breathtaking sub-alpine woodlands. Visitors can traipse through Barrington Tops on foot via the Sharpes Creek, Aeroplane Hill or Gloucester River walking tracks or book a guided tour to ensure that none of the area's natural wonders are missed. There are plenty of picnic spots from which to rest and refuel along the way, including the picturesque Mount Barrington picnic area or Devils Hole lookout. Adventure seekers can partake in a range of whitewater rafting and kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, trail biking, motocross, and 4WD activities.

Camping sites set in spectacular wilderness locations offer visitors a place to kick back before another day of exploits. There is also a stunning range of four and five star accommodation options, including rustic cottages, bed and breakfast, and mountain retreats. Many of the towns in the area, including Dungog and Gloucester, were established in the early 1800s by some of Australia's original settlers and still evoke the rich history of the region. Follow a farm gate trail for local produce that includes cheese and wine, stop at a country cafe in Stroud or explore the old Mountain Maid gold mine.

To take a different way home, try the Barrington Tops Forest Road, which winds its way across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester, through Moonan Flat, Belltrees and Gundy to Scone in the Upper Hunter Valley. A word of caution, it is narrow and windy and mostly gravel, but traverses spectacular World Heritage-listed sub-alpine wilderness and delivers magnificent views, with plenty of opportunities for picnicking, hiking and camping along the way.

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