Preserving one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, beautiful Barrington Tops National Park, in the upper Hunter Valley, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The best way to explore the park is on its vast network of hiking trails. Popular trails include the 1,500-meter-high Aeroplane Hill Walking Track, which weaves through wetlands and woodlands in the subalpine region of the park and offers stunning views from Careys Peak lookout. The Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track provides a wonderful walk through subalpine snow gum forests and temperate rain forest, where you can see some of the park’s picturesque waterfalls. Giant tree ferns and carpets of cool, green moss are other distinguishing features, and the trail is also popular with birders.
Other recommended hikes include the Blue Gum Loop trail; the easy, wheelchair-friendly Devil’s Hole lookout walk; and the eight-kilometer Gloucester Tops Circuit, which combines three of the park’s top hikes into a rewarding trek. While you’re hiking, keep an eye out for wildlife like swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos.