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Walks from the Allyn River

Jerusalem Creek Falls is surrounded by lush forest in a protected area of Chichester State Forest.

Several gentle day walks in Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest extend into subtropical riverine rainforest beside the classified Wild and scenic Allyn and Williams rivers, where they drop off sharply from the south easterly peaks of the Barrington Tops. The walks in the Barrington Tops National Park are near the Barrington Guest House, which has been a mecca for visitors discovering the scenic delights of forest and mountain for more than sixty years. The suspension bridges on the Twin Bridges Walk overlook the crystal waters of the Williams River rushing down the rocky riverbed through fern-lined banks. Platypuses are sometimes seen in pools beside the river bank. This walk links with the Rocky Crossing Walk.

The Ferntree Walk, near Barrington Guest House, crosses the Williams River by suspension bridge.

At Chichester State Forest, the Allyn River can be investigated along the Allyn River Rainforest Trail. The subtropical rainforest here is well documented at twelve sites, where explanatory signs point out features of the forest which abounds with wildlife. Red cedars and strangler figs are common and the largest river oak recorded in New South Wales is here.

Manning Falls is a feature of the high country in Barrington Tops State Forest.

The difficult walk to Carey's Peak (1545 metres) begins at Lagoon Pinch, twelve kilometres by road from the Barrington Guest House. A magnificent view from The Corker rewards walkers who ascend 600 metres in only four kilometres. The summit at Carey's Peak is a further four-kilometre uphill climb.

Barrington River, near Gloucester, is well known for its canoeing and kayaking.

The well documented Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail also begins at Lagoon Pinch and although the track ascends from here along The Carey's Peak Trail for approximately nine kilometres to the first campsite at Wombat Creek, the rest of the two-hundred-and-twenty kilometre walk is generally a downhill walk. The Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail is designed to be broken up into eleven day walks, many of which can be completed as single day walks. The whole walk encompasses a wide range of ecosystems, from the alpine woodlands, subalpine meadows and beech forests of the majestic mountains at the Tops through extensive wet and dry eucalypt forests managed in State Forests in the mountains falling to the Myall Lakes. At the coast, wildflower heathlands, wet palm forests and mangrove wetlands surround sparkling lakes, heralding the walk's end, where mobile dunes meet the sea.