Hunter Valley & Barrington Tops weather
In the winter snow enjoy logs fires in the 4.5 star cottages at Barrington Tops Organic Retreat
Snow may be rare in the Hunter Valley region, but one of your best chances of seeing snow is in the Barrington Tops National Park. At an elevation of up to 1500 metres, the conditions can be just right to transform the park into a winter wonderland.
How to Get There
The best place for snow is probably around Polblue, 68km North West of Gloucester. Directions. Check with National Parks Scone on (02) 6540 2300 for road conditions.
From the Tops Organic Retreat
The Tops Organic Retreat is close to the national park. To get to Polblue, simply turn right at the entry of the retreat (Jems Creek Rd) onto the Scone Rd and travel around 30 minutes West.
There are normally only a few days of the year where the condition are right for snow, but July & August are generally best. July 2012 saw some quite heavy falls.
Parts of Barrington Tops are quite remote, so always take precautions. There's no food or fuel available on the Scone Rd between Gloucester & the national park so come prepared. Mobile phone reception is limited too.
In summer, the Barrington Tops area is cooler than coastal areas and can be a good escape from those very hot days. Conditions can be quite changeable, though, so always be prepared even in the warmer months. Fire bans may be in place during the warmer months.