Annual winter trail closures in Barrington Tops
With the arrival of winter, visitors to Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area are advised that for safety, a number of trails are temporarily closed until 1 October 2017.
Trail closures include the Barrington Trail (north and south), Paddys Ridge Trail, Butchers Swamp Trail, Bullock Brush Trail, Tugalow Trail and Thunderbolts Trail.
Some trails were closed earlier than usual this year to allow a coordinated wild dog control program to occur across the Barrington Tops.
The temporary closures mean that there is no vehicle access to Little Murray, Junction Pools and Gummi Falls camping areas, during winter.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Anthony Signor said the trails are closed annually during winter as a safety precaution and to protect them from damage, given the likelihood of extreme weather over this time.
"These 4WD trails get particularly wet and slippery during winter months, and with the cold, short days, they do not dry out," Mr Signor said.
"In addition, variable trail conditions combined with sudden changes in weather creates the potential for people to become stranded in these more remote areas of the park.
"Winter is a fabulous time to visit Barrington Tops, and many popular areas are still open for exploring.
"However visitors planning a trip are warned to be prepared for changing, extremely cold and possibly wet weather conditions, to let someone know their plans before travelling, and to be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy in this remote area.
"The main road from Gloucester to Scone remains open, but motorists are advised to drive to conditions and travel with care", Mr Signor said.
Visitors are encouraged to check the latest trail and road closure information at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts before travelling.
For further information about Barrington Tops National Park and State Conservation Area, please contact the NPWS Scone office on 02 6540 2300 or NPWS Gloucester office on 02 6538 5300.