Four Wheel Driving in Barrington Tops

Devils Hole Lookout in Barrington Tops

Devils Hole Lookout in Barrington Tops

Welcome to Barrington Tops National Park

Welcome to Barrington Tops National Park

My mate asked me if I was interested in a weekend of four wheel driving and camping at Barrington Tops.  It had been years since I had been up there.  A World Heritage listed National Park about three hours drive from my place in the Hunter Valley.  He had some mates who were going four wheel driving for the day on the 4wd only tracks and we would join them and head off in the afternoon camping for the evening.  Up at the crack of dawn we were on the road by 6.30am to meet his mates in Aberdeen.  There was a convoy of eight 4wd’s heading out.

We passed through some beautiful mountainous scenery before reaching the 4wd tracks.  The road was a single track with gates we had to open and close as we were on private farming properties scattered with cows and sheep.  The road was a little rough going over steep descents, through thick vegetation, over creek beds and fallen logs.

Driving over a creek in Barrington Tops

Driving over a creek in Barrington Tops

Drive into Barrington Tops

Drive into Barrington Tops

Driving on the 4wd only track

Driving on the 4wd only track

BBQ Lunch

BBQ Lunch

We got lost a few times as the roads aren’t sign posted, after having made it to the end of one road high in the mountains we discovered it was a locked gate (which meant it was unsafe for driving on the other side).  We had taken a wrong turn and driven up the wrong side of the mountain so decided to have lunch there with our roadside gas bbq’s cooking snag sandwiches and a few beers.

Our camp fire in Polblue Camp site

Our camp fire in Polblue Camp site

With us back on the main road in the afternoon we said our goodbyes to the rest of the group and headed back into Barrington Tops and set up camp at Polblue camp site.  We cooked steak and veg for dinner at the campsite gas bbq’s set up for our free use and afterwards started our own bush fire and settled in for the evening under the clear star filled skies drinking beer and bourbon to warm us up for the cold night ahead.

The next morning we set off on a few bush walks to Devils Hole Lookout, an awesome view overlooking the mountain range and Thunderbolts Lookout which took us through lush rainforest like vegetation with moss growing over trees and fallen logs.  After this it was a drive back home right over the Tops.  A great weekend!

Travelled to Barrington Tops: 22 – 23 February 2014

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