Bar Mountain Circuit

Border Ranges National Park

Located at the Border Ranges National Park, Bar Mountain circuit winds its way down the ridge towards the western escarpment. Starting from Bar Mountain picnic area, you’ll be walking beneath towering eucalypt giants and Antarctic Beech trees on your way to Bar Mountain lookout. At the lookout, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Collins creek, exquisite wilderness, Mount Lindesay and Mount Barney, all part of the World Heritage-listed rainforest.

Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
Toilets
Rainforest

Getting there

The Bar Mountain circuit starts at Bar Mountain picnic area in the eastern part of the park. To get there you’ll need to travel on the Tweed Range Scenic drive:

  • From Kyogle Road turn onto Williams Road at Lillian Rock
  • Turn into Creegan Road which becomes into Tweed Range Scenic drive
  • After entering the park, travel 7km until you reach the picnic area

Maps

www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/bar-mountain-circuit/map

Route/Trail notes

The Bar Mountain Circuit branches off the Falcorostrum Loop and winds its way down the ridge towards the western escarpment.

As you descend the forest changes from cool temperate rainforest to warm temperate rainforest.  Nearer the escarpment edge where drier conditions prevail you enter an area of wet eucalypt forest dominated by huge New England Blackbutt and Brushbox.

From the lookout there are spectacular views into Collins Creek and west to Mount Lindsay and Mount Barney.

Permits/Costs

Visitors to Border Ranges National Park need to pay a fee for day-use of $8 per vehicle and an extra fee if using the camping areas. Cash or

cheque at self-registration pay stations. These fees are used locally to help protect each park and maintain its facilities.

Comments

Thoroughly enjoyable walk and a really great workout for the legs!
The first half of the walk is all downhill towards the lookout, and it's all uphill on the way back! The difference in elevation is 250m, so it can get quite steep in places and really gets the heart pumping.
The track is well defined, although take care and watch your step in places where the track narrows and there are a few steep drops off the side of the track. There is quite a lot of leaf litter covering the track, so it can be a little slippery in spots even if it is dry. I would recommend shoes with good grip!
The Antarctic beech trees at the beginning of the track were definitely a highlight for me. The bush is very lush and green, with moss and lichen growing on everything.
We were treated to a continual chorus of birdsong the whole way around which just lovely.
A walk I would gladly do again!

Sarah on 6 Oct, 2019

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