When you visit the Barrington Tops, you have the chance to witness a truly magical phenomenon: snowfall. However, it is important to understand that the Barrington Tops does not have permanent snow. In fact, we often do not know if it will snow until just 48 hours before it happens. This element of uncertainty adds to the excitement and anticipation of experiencing something truly special.
Snowfall in the Barrington Tops is rare and fleeting. It may only occur a few times a year, and when it does, the snow may only stick around for a day or two. This means that if you are fortunate enough to witness it, you are considered incredibly lucky.
It is worth mentioning that when it does snow, it will not be right at our cabins. To fully immerse yourself in the winter wonderland, you will need to drive higher into the tops, generally reaching elevations above 10,000 feet. From our experience, this usually requires a drive of approximately 1-1.5 hours.
But the effort is worth it. Imagine returning to your cosy cabin after a day of frolicking in the snow, with a crackling log fire to warm you up. The feeling of comfort and bliss is unparalleled, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
So, when you visit the Barrington Tops, keep your fingers crossed for that elusive snowfall. While it may be unpredictable, the anticipation, the breathtaking scenery, and the joy of experiencing a winter wonderland make it more exhilarating.
How Do I Know When There Is Snow?
A brilliant resource is the Barrington Snow Chasers – a group of volunteers that keep a great Facebook page:
If there is snow Check the Roads are Opened
A great resource regarding how to get there and what roads are open is by checking the National Parks Website as will tell you what roads are open and safe. The roads at either end of the Barrington Tops Forest Road can be closed at short notice if determined too dangerous by NPWS & Police. (the roads to our cabins have never been affected by snow as we are too low down).
The roads are not freeways, and it always sucks to see dead animals on the road so please take it easy.
How Do I Know When There Is Snow on The Barrington Tops?
Before embarking on your trip to witness the snow, it is crucial to ensure the roads are open and safe for travel. Here are some resources to check road conditions:
To stay updated on the snow conditions in the Barrington Tops, you can rely on various resources:
1. Barrington Snow Chasers: This group of volunteers maintains a Facebook page dedicated to sharing information about snowfall in the area. They provide real-time updates, photos, and reports from snow enthusiasts.
2. Bureau of Meteorology (BOM): The BOM is a reliable source for weather forecasts, including the possibility of snow. You can visit their website or check their social media channels for the latest information.
3. Gloucester Visitor Centre: The visitor centre in Gloucester, a nearby town, can also provide information on snow conditions in the Barrington Tops. They may have access to local reports and firsthand knowledge of the area.
4. Barrington Coast Facebook Page: The official Facebook page for the Barrington Coast region often shares updates on various attractions, including snowfall in the Barrington Tops. It can be a useful resource for staying informed.
Here are some resources to check road conditions
Before embarking on your trip to witness the snow, it is crucial to ensure the roads are open and safe for travel.
- National Parks & Wildlife: The official website of National Parks provides information about Barrington Tops National Park, including road closures and updates on accessibility. You can visit their website for the latest information on road conditions.
- Live Traffic NSW: The Live Traffic website offers real-time updates on road conditions, including closures and traffic alerts. It is a reliable source to check if the roads to Barrington Tops are open.
- Forestry Corporation Closures: The Forestry Corporation website provides information on closures in the forest areas, including any road closures due to safety concerns. Checking their website can help you ensure that the routes you plan to take are accessible.
By utilising these resources and staying informed, you can increase your chances of experiencing the snow-covered wonderland of the Barrington Tops while ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.
Lastly, it is essential to drive with caution, especially on roads that might not be well-travelled. The roads in the area are not freeways, and wildlife will be present, so take it easy and be mindful of the surroundings to ensure your safety and the well-being of the local wildlife. Enjoy your winter wonderland adventure!
Does the Barrington Tops close when it snows?
There are road gates at either end of Barrington Tops Forest Road and the local area management (NPWS and police) determines when they are to be closed. This is usually if the conditions become too dangerous from the snow. It is best to check with the groups listed above before departure.
When do I book accommodation?
Our advice is to book a stay in the winter as it is a wonderful time to be here whether it snows or not and if it snows you have the best of both worlds – snow to see and a cosy fire to return to each day. If it does not snow the Barrington Tops is still a magical world heritage listed place to visit with towering forests and gorgeous waterfalls.
Imagine returning to your cosy cabin after a day of frolicking in the snow, with a crackling log fire to warm you up. The feeling of comfort and bliss is unparalleled, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Where to go in the Barrington Tops
Below are the places we have gone to see snow and some of our photos from over the 9 years we have been here.
The exciting bit is as you are getting closer to the snow you will see cars with excited looking people and little piles of snow on the top of their cars, so you know you are close.
We have always drove towards Gloucester and headed towards the Honeysuckle Picnic Area where we have had success every time it snows. Even last years when the roads were closed due to a landslide (now repaired) we drove as far as we could and walked the rest without much hope of seeing snow as we knew we probably were not high enough, but we were delighted to spot some wombat cube poos and some wombats and towards the end of the walk we started to see snow on the side of the road and after a climb we were rewarded.
Polblue is probably the most popular spot to visit when it snows as it is the highest part of the park where you can drive to (1500m above sea level)
Do I Need A 4wd?
Yes, if there is snow in winter as the roads can become very muddy, icy and slippy. Drive slowly and carefully to the conditions and if snowing leave your lights on.
At other times of the year Barrington Tops Forest Road is reasonably well maintained (it is a gravel road) so ok for a 2wd but check.
Last year when the roads were closed, and we ventured out on foot we saw a few wombats which we would not have seen in our car.
What should I bring to the Snow when visiting Barrington Tops?
For a day trip to the Barrington Tops to enjoy the snow, it’s essential to be well-prepared and dressed warmly. Here’s a list of items you should bring to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience:
- Warm Clothes: Dress in layers to stay cosy. Bring thermal tops and bottoms, as well as sweaters or fleeces. A good quality winter jacket is a must. (We have witnessed someone get out of their car in shorts and thongs….I am sure they regretted that)
- Beanie and Gloves: Keep your head and hands protected from the cold with a beanie and a pair of gloves. They will help you stay warm and prevent frostbite.
- Warm Socks and Waterproof Shoes: Wear warm socks to keep your feet toasty. Waterproof shoes or snow boots are essential, as you might encounter wet and slushy conditions.
- Spare Clothes: Bring extra pairs of socks, gloves, and other warm clothing items, especially if you plan to play in the snow. Getting wet is inevitable, so having spare clothes will make the trip more comfortable.
- Snowman Building and Snowball Fight Supplies: If you plan on building a snowman or engaging in a snowball fight, bring along the necessary accessories like a carrot for the nose, sticks for arms, and a few empty containers for snowball making.
6. Hot Chocolate Flask: Pack a flask with hot chocolate to enjoy during your trip. It’s a perfect way to warm up and add a touch of cosiness to your day.
7. Blankets: Bring a couple of blankets for the drive back. After a fun-filled day in the snow, you’ll appreciate the comfort and warmth they provide during the journey home.
8. Snacks and Water: Pack some snacks and bottles of water to keep you energized and hydrated throughout the day.
Remember that the weather can change rapidly in mountainous areas, so it’s better to be overprepared than underprepared. By dressing warmly and bringing the necessary supplies, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the snow and create wonderful memories with your family and friends. Stay safe and have a fantastic day trip to the magical winter wonderland of the Barrington Tops!
Can I camp in the Barrington Tops when there is snow?
If you’re planning to stay overnight at the Barrington Tops and want to experience camping in the snow, Poleblue Campground is a suitable option. However, keep in mind that it can get extremely cold, so you must be well-prepared with appropriate gear.
Here are a few considerations:
1. Booking: Make sure to book your campsite in advance through the National Parks website. This will ensure you have a reserved spot and can avoid any disappointments upon arrival.
2. Cold Weather Gear: As you’ll be camping in freezing temperatures, it’s crucial to bring the right gear. This includes a high-quality winter tent, a warm and insulated sleeping bag, thermal clothing, extra layers, gloves, a beanie, and warm socks. It’s also advisable to have a camping stove or other means of cooking to prepare warm meals and beverages.
3. Safety Precautions: Camping in the snow requires extra caution. Familiarise yourself with winter camping safety measures, such as staying dry, avoiding hypothermia, and using proper equipment. It’s also essential to follow any guidelines or instructions provided by the National Parks regarding camping in the area during winter.
Alternatively, if you prefer a more comfortable and convenient option without the need to pack and unpack all the camping gear, staying in one of the cabins would be a great choice. After a day of playing in the snow, you can look forward to returning to a cosy cabin with a crackling fire, a comfortable bed, and the luxury of a warm bubble bath or shower to heat you up. It’s a wonderful way to relax and recharge after a fun-filled day in the winter wonderland of the Barrington Tops.
Whether you choose to camp or stay in a cabin, be sure to prepare accordingly, consider the weather conditions, and prioritise your safety and comfort during your visit to the snowy Barrington Tops.
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