The highest lookout in Barrington Tops.

You’ll feel on top of the world gazing across the rugged gorges and dramatic mountain ranges of Barrington Tops National Park from Careys Peak Lookout.

At 1545 metres, this walk-in lookout is at one of the highest peaks in the park and a popular destination for bushwalkers, via the Corker Trail from Lagoon Pinch, Link Trail from Gloucester Tops, or Careys Peak Trail from Junction Pools.

This is the highest lookout in Barrington Tops:

  1. Careys Peak Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park: 1545 metres
  2. Thunderbolts Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park: 1440 metres
  3. Devils Hole Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park: 1400 metres
  4. Andrew Laurie Lookout in Barrington Tops National Park: 1160 metres

From the summit, you’ll be standing on the edge of the plateau, surrounded by World Heritage-listed wilderness. Notice how the steep ridges run south like the fingers of an outstretched hand. On a clear day, you can see from the Blue Mountains across to the Stockton sand dunes near Newcastle.

Enjoy a well-earned picnic stop, with a spectacular backdrop, before heading back by walking track to Mount Barrington picnic area. If you want to make a weekend of it, it’s a medium walk to Wombat Creek campground or Black Swamp campground for a high-altitude evening beneath the stars.

The view towards Careys Peak from the Corker Trail
The view towards Careys Peak from the Corker Trail

Some areas of the parklands may have limited public access, check the NPWS alerts page for the latest info before you travel.

What did others have to say?

Luke Burrell

a month ago

10km uphill and then 10kms back down, down surprisingly is tougher. Absolutely beautiful bushlands!!! Well worth the effort.

Kathleen Young

3 months ago

This is via the Corker track from Salisbury side. It’s a beautiful but uphill hike through a wide (fire trail like) track. The advertised length varies from 18 to 20km. Since I kept losing GPS signal on my old Suunto watch, I couldn’t get an accurate read either but suspect it’s closer to 18 than 20. The climb is definitely in the 900+ meters. It just keeps going up, and the climb is largely in the first 5-6km. Every time you enter rainforest, it’s lovely and quite fascinating to just look at the canopy and surrounds. Unfortunately, the end, which is Carey’s peak, fails to deliver and the views are not very impressive. Definitely makes for a good workout. The way down is hard on the knees.


a year ago

really good view from top but really long walk but still worth it

Jola J.

2 years ago

One of the highest peaks of Barrington Tops with amazing views. On good day you can see Stockton sand dunes and Lake Macquarie.


2 years ago