See snow in Barrington Tops! For those watching the snowfall forecasts, don’t miss this essential advice before you leave home.
Barrington Tops is the highest part of the Barrington Coast.
It’s also the highest sub-alpine region in the country outside the Australian Alps and it gets a regular dusting of snow each winter. You’ll be enthralled by high altitude ancient rainforests, tree fern, snow gums & exhilarating mountain views, especially when they’re wearing a fresh snow blanket!
Barrington Tops snowfall events vary according to weather conditions and only affect certain altitudes each year. So make sure you check the list below before your leave home to avoid disappointment of turning up in an area in the Tops without snow.
(Photo at Polblue by Kourtney Deacon 19 June 2018.)
To see snow in Barrington Tops start at the Visitor Information Centre in Gloucester,
- Before you leave home check the weather forecast with the Bureau of Meteorology.
- Before you leave home check whether the road is open, call Gloucester Visitor Information Centre 6538 5252
- And before you leave Gloucester always check the weather and road conditions before you leave town and head up to the Tops.
- NSW Police can close the road at short notice or during your visit. Access to snow covered areas can be closed or you may have to turn back after a long journey.
- Delay non-essential travel in extreme weather and poor road conditions.
Be prepared! Snow = very cold
- Overnight temps drop below zero.
- Wear warm clothes and enclosed shoes.
- Pack extra warm clothes, blankets, extra food & water. Especially if you are travelling with children.
Barrington Tops is a remote location
- Mobile phone reception is limited, confined to a few small sites and even where present, only available to limited service providers. Reception may be possible on ridge lines.
- GPS devices can be misleading in this region & phone coverage is intermittent at best. We recommend a real map & the latest advice from a local visitor information centre.
- Maps can be picked up at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre 6538 5252
- Beyond Barrington village there are no shops or service stations with limited visitor facilities and shelter. Be prepared for rapidly changing extreme weather including rain, wind, and sub-zero temperatures.
Drive to the conditions , for your safety & others on the road
- The Barrington Tops Forest Road is mostly unsealed road in variable condition. It can be corrugated with pot holes. It’s not a race!
- The roads leading up to the plateau on both sides are steep, narrow and winding. The road is now bitumen sealed on the Gloucester side all the way to the park boundary. Ice and snow can make driving on Barrington Tops roads extremely dangerous, even for 4WDs.
- 4WDs are better suited for driving in snow and ice conditions, so leave the two-wheel drive at home.
- The distance from Gloucester to Polblue is 68km of which 23km is unsealed road. Travel time is up to 1.5 hours depending on conditions.