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The first stage of the Barrington Tops National Park was dedicated in 1969, with additions being made in 1982. The park became World Heritage Listed in 1986 and much of the area has been declared Wilderness, more recently. The quality of the water, as well as it's wild beauty have enabled Boonabilla Creek, Paterson, Williams, Chichester and Wangat rivers to be classified as Wild Rivers.

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At 1,556 m, Mount Barrington western slopes overlook grazing land towards Scone in the Hunter River Valley. Barrington Tops is a twenty-five-kilometre long plateau extending between a series of extinct volcanic peaks in the Mount Royal Ranges, an easterly offshoot of the Great Escarpment. Eighty km west of the coast, mountains rise up from the mists. During spring, on a plateau stretched between their summits are alpine meadows with wildflowers growing beneath snow gums. Melting snow becomes white water flowing down to the sea through beech forests, whilst water from sphagnum moss swamps is slowly release in great quantities from the plateau, fed by the mists, melting snow and an annual rainfall exceeding 1,500 mm.

Over twenty valleys radiate from the hub of the plateau. Wild rivers become waterfalls plunging from great heights into fern-lined gorges. In the river valleys of the lowlands, weathered basalt washed down from the mountains forms rich alluvial soils. Rainforest in Barrington Tops National Park is the southernmost link in a chain of remnant rainforests in central Eastern Australia. Antarctic beech forests cloaking the slopes above the 900m mark are a living link with the super continent of Gondwanaland, where they evolved sixty-six million years ago.

Such is the diversity of the park that include stands of tall straight eucalypts, ancient beech forest, rich sub-tropical rainforest in the lowland gullies, and twisted, stunted snow gums on the high plains. There is much to experience and enjoy, that tourist often come back time after time.

Check out our listing of Barrington Tops National Park accommodation. Also check out our listing of Barrington accommodation, Dungog accommodation and Gloucester accommodation. As well as our listed travel guide attractions and tours, drop into the local tourism visitor centre for additional information.

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