No showers, running water or phone reception. Your worst nightmare or best bush camping experience yet? Lisa Wagstaff finds out at Barrington Tops National Park.
Barrington Tops National Park is formed of World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest spawned from an ancient volcano with its highest point at 1,586 metres above sea level. During winter, the subalpine environment attracts snow chasers seeking to camp among the snowflakes. When it warms up, the park’s 4WD tracks open from October through to May and are plentiful. Barrington Tops has nine campgrounds; after a call to the National Parks office in Gloucester, Gummi Falls is recommended and only costs $25 per night for four people. Black Swamp and Wombat Creek are the park’s free campgrounds ($6 booking fee).