A scenic picnic spot with swimming at the Barrington River near Gloucester.

The Barrington River is one of the largest rivers in the Manning catchment, being fed by high-altitude wetlands in Barrington Tops plus other smaller tributaries coming down from the plateau. The river descends 1,370 metres over its 93 kilometres before ending where it meets the Gloucester River at Gloucester township.

A short drive from Gloucester takes you to Rocky Crossing on Barrington West Road - a delightful riverside spot on the Barrington River with space for picnics, swimming holes for cooling off and calm flat water for lazing about on a rubber ring.

NB. Not to be confused with Rocky Crossing Walk on the Williams River, located in the southern precinct of Barrington Tops near Dungog.

If arriving via the southern approach on Barrington West Road from Faulkland, take care when crossing the river causeway: always check the river height markers and do not cross if the river is flooding.

Rocky Crossing on the Barrington River looking upstream
Rocky Crossing on the Barrington River looking upstream

What did others have to say?

Karma Norman

2 months ago

Lovely little spot to have a dip and fish. Nice and shallow with gentle rapids

Kathleen Young

2 months ago

Beautiful spot. You can access it in two ways. One is the long way starting and ending with the blue gum loop track for a total of around 15km. The shorter way is to drive up a dirt road to the Williams river picnic area which would be just a few kms return.

Kevin Self

in the last week

It's nice to see it running properly after plenty of rain

Brooke Barrance

2 weeks ago

Nice spot for a dip on a hot day

Daniel Burt

8 months ago

Only just found out there’s a built kayak put in point in Barrington side of the river, on the downstream side of the causeway. The gate was open the day I visited but the track was definitely 4wd access only with 2 wheels leaving the ground.