See snow in Barrington Tops! For those watching the snowfall forecasts, don’t miss this essential advice before you leave home.
(Photo at Polblue by Kourtney Deacon 19 June 2018.) See more Barrington Tops snow photos here.
Barrington Tops is the highest point 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. The high altitude ancient rainforests, tree fern groves, snow gums & mountain views are even more beautiful with 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.
All visitors must ensure they follow the latest rules that will keep us all safe.
It’s important that we all act respectfully and responsibly by doing these simple things:
- stick to the rules about visiting other households, self-isolation and quarantine
- stick to the rules about regional travelling, holiday homes and holiday rentals
- practise good hand hygiene and physical distancing
- take extra care if you’re around vulnerable people
- get tested if you have any symptoms and stay home while you are waiting for test results.
Where can I see snow?
The highest part of the park is around Polblue Campground and Picnic Area, so usually this is the best place to see snow. But you may also see snow at The Firs or at Honeysuckle Picnic Area, depending on the snowfall event.
You can access the Barrington Tops plateau via Barrington Tops Forest Road: from the eastern side through Gloucester, and the western side through Scone. Polblue camping area (1450m) and Devils Hole lookout (1400m) on the Barrington Tops Forest Road are good places to start.
From Gloucester: Drive into Gloucester turn left at the roundabout and head out the Thunderbolts Way onto Scone Road and onto Barrington Tops Forest Road.
When will it snow?
Snowfall is most likely in Barrington Tops from May to August and are usually of very short duration. Tracking the Barrington Tops weather reports at the Bureau of Meteorology will keep you up-to-date with changing weather conditions, which may indicate a snow event. Bureau of Meteorology Barrington Tops forecasts
Can I take my dog to the snow?
Parts of Barrington Tops are National Park and other parts are State Forest. Dogs are not allowed in National Parks but they are welcome in State Forest areas. Get a good map of the area from Gloucester Visitor Information Centre that shows the boundaries. Snow can fall in Stewarts Brook State Forest and Barrington Tops State Forest but wherever you go please beware of the possible use of 1080 bait. http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit…/activities/dogs
Be prepared! Snow = very cold
- Overnight temps drop below zero.
- Wear warm clothes and enclosed shoes.
- Pack extra warm clothes, blankets, extra food and water (especially if you’re travelling with children).
Before leaving home
- 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.
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
- 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.
Barrington Tops Forest Road can be closed at short notice to all vehicles by the Local Emergency Management Committee and local police. For up-to-date information about closures go to www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/Alerts-list
Annual winter closure of 4WD trails: The following 4WD trails on Barrington Tops are closed to all vehicles each year from 1 June to 30 September:
- Barrington Trail (south and north)
- Paddys Ridge Trail
- Butchers Swamp Trail
- Bullock Brush Trail
- Tugalow Trail
- Thunderbolts Trail
When the above trails are closed there is no vehicle access to Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls campgrounds.