Barrington Tops in Autumn

The Barrington Tops is a 190,000 acre National park located 200 Kilometres north of Sydney. On it’s heavily forested plateau are the headwaters of the Manning, Hunter, Williams and Barrington rivers and all hold trout.

This trip with my friend Andrew Combe from the Alpine Angler is on a cold misty day at the very end of the trout season.

A steep valley on the western slope. Getting in is easier than getting back out.

A steep valley on the western slope. Getting in is easier than getting back out.

 

 

Arriving at the dingo gate at the western entrance to the park in mountain weather. On a good day, this is one of the top drives in New South Wales.

Arriving at the dingo gate at the western entrance to the park in mountain weather. On a good day, this is one of the top drives in New South Wales.

 

Andrew working his way up one of the more precipitous streams.

Andrew working his way up one of the smaller more precipitous streams.

 

The log jams in the rain forest can get epic, but also make some great pools.

The log jams in the rain forest can get epic, but also make some great pools.

 

After a long scramble we reach the first of the falls. The plunge pools are dark and deep.

After a long scramble we reach the first of the falls. The plunge pools are dark and deep.

 

My first twig rod, the 7'6 #2 Scott G series gets a morning on the water.

My first twig rod, the 7’6 #2 Scott G series gets a morning on the water.

 

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