Upper Hunter

43 WALKS AND HIKES Explore NATURE WALKS & HIKES Polblue Swamp (Barrington Tops National Park) A circuit walk around the Polblue Swamp provides an enjoyable introduction to the wetlands and high-altitude forests of Barrington Tops Plateau. Start from either Polblue camping area or Polblue day use area on the Barrington Tops Forest Road, walking in either direction. A timber walkway across Polblue Creek connects the camping area to the picnic area. Narrow and soft underfoot, the track is often wet as it winds through the forest to the edge of the swamp. Please keep to the track as the swamp edge is vulnerable to trampling. From the forest edge, grasses give way to a dense growth of sedges crowding the swamp’s sphagnum moss. In spring and summer, look for rare ground orchids beside the track. This is a good walk for spotting grey kangaroos and perhaps even a reclusive wombat. Class 3. Distance: 4.6k return Polblue Falls Track (Barrington Top National Park) A short walk through the bush from the Polblue Falls Picnic Area on Tubrabucca Road offers views of the cascades of pure clear water from the headwaters of the Hunter River. After heavy rain the falls roar as water crashes off the Barrington Plateau to the valley below. You can also access the falls from Horse Swamp Camping Area via a short 150m walk. Class 3. Distance: 250m one way; return the same way Honeysuckle Forest Track (Barrington Tops National Park) From the Honeysuckle Day Use Area on the Barrington Tops Forest Road, this sheltered circuit walk loops through magnificent Antarctic Beech Forest and thickets of soft tree ferns. It’s a special delight in misty rain that’s so common on the Tops. The abrupt boundary of the beech forest, which hugs the moister southern slope of the plateau here, is probably the result of bushfires burning up to its edge. The surrounding open forest has an understorey of tall mountain banksia, also called honeysuckle, hence the picnic area’s name. Class 2. Distance: 1k; 30mins KEY: Class 1: All access path with a hard, broad surface suitable for wheelchair access. Class 2: Graded path (generally a hardened surface) suitable for inexperienced bushwalkers. Class 3: Walking track suitable for inexperienced bushwalkers. May include steep slopes and unstable surfaces. Class 4: Hiking track (unmodified surface, limited facilities) suitable for moderate skill level bushwalkers) Class 5: Marked route. Class 6: Unmarked route.