a personal favourite...
This is another of my personal favourite overnight tours offering great scenery, great food and comfortable overnight accommodation at the famous Barrington Guest House. Bring your walking shoes as we offer a choice of short treks deep into the Barrington rainforests and if it’s summer, bring your towel and swimmers!
Heading north from Sydney over the Hawkesbury River, we stop for breakfast at the beautiful old river Port of Morpeth in the Hunter Valley. Here we can explore this historic town wher in the 1830s, sailing ships arrived direct from England!
We now follow the Paterson River upstream, turning into the Allyn River valley. After numerous creek crossings, we soon arrive at Upper Allyn, deep in sub-tropical rainforest. Here, there are many deep swimming holes in the crystal clear waters.
On the banks of the Allyn River, lunch is prepared while you walk among the giant Strangler Figs and Forest Oaks which are common in this area.
Now, we climb steeply to Mt Allyn at well over 1000 metres above sea level. Weather permitting, we are afforded stunning views of the Hunter Valley whilst behind us, Barrington Tops awaits, cloaked in the World Heritage listed antarctic beech rainforest.
A short walk through the beech forest brings us to Burraga Swamp, an unusual depression surrounded by thick rainforest and with a thick layer of peat floating on the surface.
Climbing over the divide, we descend into the valley of the Williams River where you have the option to walk down through the rainforest to Rocky Crossing and on to Salisbury Lodges where dinner awaits at the multi-award winning Araluen restaurant!
After a superb breakfast we travel isolated rainforest tracks to follow the Paterson River downstream into the lower Hunter vineyards. Here, we enjoy a ‘Tastings’ lunch in the winery. After visiting several vineyards, we head south via the Watagan mountains to have you back in Sydney at about 7pm.