4WD trails vs 2WD roads

Road and trails within the Barrington Tops parklands for 2WD and 4WD access.

All designated “roads” within Barrington Tops are unsealed gravel roads of variable condition but generally are suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles.

Those designated as “trails” are suitable only for four-wheel drive vehicles which require moderate to advance 4WD skills.

Do not attempt to drive 2WD vehicles on 4WD trails.

And if driving a hire vehicle, check your insurance prior to arriving as some policies exclude insurance cover if using unsealed roads.


There is no north-south route in Barrington Tops that can be accessed for vehicles. Deep within the wilderness, only hikers and mountain bikers are permitted. So get out of your vehicle and really connect with nature.

Barrington Tops Forest Road: 2WD suitable, this is the main access road across Barrington Tops to Scone. On the Gloucester side, it is bitumen-sealed up to the park entrance (45kms, 40 mins) but it’s a gravel road within the park to the Dingo Gate (further 32km) on the western edge. Gloucester to Polblue is 69 km, 1hr 15mins; Gloucester to Moonan Flat Pub is 93 km, 1hr 45mins.

Pheasants Creek Road: 2WD suitable, this 13km gravel road is the access road for Dilgry River Campground and Manning River Campground and terminates at Tomalla Road. It also connects to the eastern end of Tubrabucca Road for access to Gummi Falls Campground, Polblue Falls and Horse Swamp Campground. Tomalla Road takes you to Aussie Ark conservation facility (open seasonally for tours).

Dilgry Circle: 2WD suitable, this 11km gravel road provides access to Thunderbolts Trail East and Gummi Road. It terminates at Pheasants Creek Road which allows a longer access route for Dilgry River camping area or Manning River Camping Area.

Tubrabucca Road: 2WD suitable, this 14km gravel road provides western access to Horse Swamp Campground, Polblue Falls and Gummi Falls Campground. It terminates at Pheasants Creek Road which then takes you to either Tomalla or to Honeysuckle past Manning River Campground and Dilgry River Campground.

Polblue Ridge Trail: This 4WD trail connects Barrington Tops Forest Road with Tubrabucca Road, terminating near Polblue Falls and Horse Swamp Campground. (4km, moderate)

Horse Swamp Trail: This 4WD trail connects Barrington Tops Forest Road with Tubrabucca Road, terminating near Polblue Falls and Horse Swamp Campground. (2km, moderate)

Paddys Ridge Trail: This 4WD trail connects Barrington Tops Forest Road with Tubrabucca Road and provides access to Butchers Swamp Trail and Green gap Link Trail. (6km, moderate)

Barrington Trail North: This 4WD trail connects Tomalla Road with Barrington Tops Forest Road and passes the headwaters of the Manning River and the Hunter River. It crosses Tubrabucca Road which also provides access to Gummi Falls Campground via Bullock Brush Trail. (10km, moderate 4WD)

Bullock Brush Trail: This 4WD trail is the main access to remote Gummi Falls Campground where the Manning River is born. (3km, easy 4WD)

Tugalow Trail: This 4WD trail connects Thunderbolts Trail West (off Barrington Tops Forest Road) with Gummi Falls Campground. (3km, difficult 4WD)

Thunderbolts Trail West: This 4WD trail connects Barrington Tops Forest Road with Tugalow Trail, passing Devils Hole Campground and terminates at Pheasant Creek Road. (6km, moderate 4WD)

Gummi Trail: This 4WD trail is nowhere near Gummi Falls, instead it starts on Thunderbolts Trail East and ends at Carters Trail. It leads to the less-travelled trails of Sassafras Trail, Carters Trail and Watergauge Trail, which in turns leads to Watergauge Campground. (8km, moderate 4WD)

Thunderbolts Trail East: This 4WD trail connects Dilgry Circle with Geales Ridge Road and provides access to Gummi Trail and Cascades Campground on the Manning River. (14km, moderate 4WD)

Barrington Trail South: This 4WD trail connects Barrington Tops Forest Road with the many attractions deep within the centre of the park. Barrington Trail takes you through an array of mountain habitats and past remote campgrounds at Little Murray and Junction Pools. The 4WD trail finishes at Mt Barrington with further access only on foot or mountain bike. The western track takes you to Middle Ridge or you can continue along Careys Peak Trail to Careys Peak lookout and beyond to more remote campsites at Wombat Creek and Black Swamp. (14km, difficult 4WD)

Gloucester Tops Road: 2WD suitable, this is the main access road to the Gloucester Tops precinct on the eastern side of the park, providing access to the popular attractions of Gloucester Falls and the Gloucester Circuit Walking Track. It is bitumen-sealed from the Bucketts Way to near Rawdon Vale Road (20km, 20 mins) but then it’s a gravel road until terminating at Gloucester Tops Picnic Area (further 28km) high in the park. There are 5 river crossings on concrete causeways so be cautious after rainfall. Gloucester to Gloucester Tops Picnic Area is 58 km, 1hr 15mins.

Chichester State Forest contains many popular attractions (see numbered walks and campgrounds) which are accessed by unsealed gravel roads. They are best suited to 4WDs so take extreme care if you choose to use 2WD vehicles.

Western precinct (Allyn River): One suggested 4WD route winds 20km along Williams Top Road (starting at Salisbury Road), Lagoon Pinch Road (where The Corker walking trail commences), then diverting to Mount Allyn Lookout via Mount Allyn Road and Paterson Forest Road. Another 4WD route winds 19km to the start of the Rocky Crossing walking trail along Allyn River Road (starting at Salisbury Gap Road, Allyn River Forest Road and Lagoon Pinch Road.

Eastern precinct (Telegherry River): One suggested 4WD route winds 25km through this beautiful forest area along Wangat Trig Road (starting at Chichester Dam Road), Middle Ridge Road, Frying Pan Road and Skimmings Gap Road (ending at Cabbage Tree Road).

Mount Royal National Park contains popular attractions (see numbered walks and campgrounds) which are accessed by the following unsealed gravel roads. Youngville Campground (for the Pieries Peak walking trail) is accessible by 2WD along Mount Royal Road winding 13km off Carrowbrook Road. 4WD is advised in wet weather.


WARNING: You are visiting parks, forests and conservation areas which contain many unseen and unpredictable hazards that cannot be removed or controlled. These may be exacerbated during periods of extreme weather – fire, flood, wind, rain and snow. Because of this you are entering these parklands at your own risk.

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