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Barrington Tops National Park

Friday, 30 July 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / New South Wales / National Parks
I went for a day trip to the Barrington Tops National Park. I've heard a bit about it of late and decided to go and check it out. I wanted a nice days driving also, so I started off by going North West of Sydney to Old Windosr Road and from there to Putty Road. Putty Road is full of nice winding turns as it climbs and descends through the ranges. Once I reached Singleton, and then one to Scone, I struck out east on the Barrington Tops Forest Road, which almost immediately becomes a gravel road.

Some punishing climbs and turns on this stretch. The pastoral land gradually gives way to more and more dense forest. The rocks become covered with mosses and the forest grew closer, and the temperature outside the car gradually dropped, until it was about 8 degrees.

I stopped at a couple of the camp sites for a look around - these spots were deserted in the middle of winter - but they would be an excellent overnight stay - I'll have to come back.

I also stopped at the Thunderbolt Lookout and enjoyed the magnificent view.

A short way further on I found a couple of unmarked logging roads and explored to the ends of them - usually about 5 or 6km into the forest. Lots of fun driving to be had here.

Continuing on towards Gloucester the road finally becomes sealed again. I returned to Sydney via teh freeway. An enjoyable day trip.