Volunteering at the Department of Planning and Environment

Barrington Tops Area - Barrington Tops Broom Event - Polblue 2WD

Barrington Tops Volunteer activity
Post Fire Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Control Works:
Join us and help make a difference this February. The environmental weed Scotch Broom is widely distributed throughout sub-alpine communities and is impacting on the structure, floristics and ecology of the area. These works are helping to protect Endangered Ecological Communities and Threatened Species Habitat in the Barrington Tops Region.

Works will be based around Polblue with the objective being to protect the montane wetland and to create habitat for a large number of rare and threatened species via the removal of surviving Scotch Broom. Participants will be cutting unburnt mature broom plants and emerging seedlings in the project area.  Activities will start and finish from Polblue Campground where free camping is provided.

Twilight Tour & Biodiversity Monitoring:

As a bonus, in this program we will be incorporating a twilight tour show our volunteers the amazing nocturnal wildlife in the area and monitoring to capture the biodiversity of the Barrington Tops area. This local based monitoring helps to fill gaps in data and informs the conservation and management decisions of the park. You will be taught how to capture this information in an innovative app called “CyberTracker”.


Polblue Scotch Broom Control 2022 2WD access

Getting there:

Visitor instructions can be found here.

Participants will provide their own transport to Polblue Campground.  The roads are unsealed, and open to the public. The access to Polblue Campground is 2WD and is ONLY accessible from Scone.

From Gloucester: Road Closed

Important Safety Alert The main access road to Barrington Tops from Gloucester is closed until further notice due to damage caused from flood and storm events of March 2021. Road re-open dates are unknown at this stage. Campgrounds and visitor precincts located on the plateau that are open may be accessed from the western side via Scone.

From Scone:

Take Gundy Road which becomes Hunter Road from Scone. Drive through Moonan Flat, then turn right onto Moonan Brook Road. After 3.4km turn left onto Barrington Tops Forest Road. Polblue camping and picnic area is located 7km on the right after the Dingo Gate.


Activity 1: 10-13 November



Barrington Tops

Polblue Campground

The campground has been booked for event participants - and camping is free. You are welcome to come up the night before or to stay the night after the activity to help manage fatigue and to give you more time to enjoy the Barrington Tops National Park.

Polblue is a basic campsite with a pit/drop toilet, gas BBQs and picnic tables. The site is designed for ‘camp beside your vehicle’ and is suitable for camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes. 

Requirements: A medium level of fitness is required. Please bring plenty of drinking water, food and supplies for your stay as well as your own camping equipment & firewood.


It is essential volunteers’ book and are registered in the Volunteer Information Portal (VIP). Register your interest to be provided with all details of the program.

Number of participants is capped at 30 people per activity.



It is important to be prepared for wet and cold weather for this activity, as the weather can change quite rapidly on Barrington Tops. Please ensure you have good wet and cold weather gear for the activity.

As part of the risk assessment process we will discuss weather implications and how we will manage this. Your safety and comfort are important to us and if weather conditions deteriorate, we will cancel either the work session, the day or the activity. This is a sub - alpine environment with the potential for snow. If you wish to cancel due to predicted weather conditions, we respect that and ask that you inform us. Barrington Tops can become quite cold. Please ensure you have adequate warm and weather proof camping, clothing and bedding.

Phone coverage

Very limited Telstra phone coverage at Barrington Tops. Normally you will only get reception at lookouts and at a couple of other spots around the plateau. Other telco providers may not get any reception. Staff will have emergency communication systems in place.

What to bring

Long sleeve shirt, long pants, jumpers and jackets, safety glasses, gloves, closed shoes (ankle high lace up boots preferred), torches or spotlights.

Drinking water, food, sunscreen and other gear.

NPWS will supply tools and safety equipment for broom control works. If you want to bring your own personal safety equipment such as helmets, fluoro shirts or vests, gaiters and sun protection you are welcome.

NPWS will supply all cleaning products for disease and pathogen control.


Daily Activity Timetable


9:00 am  Meet at Polblue Campground

9:00 -10:00am   Activity Induction

10:00-10:30am  Morning tea – NPWS – bring a cup

10:30-12:00am   Walk to site - Scotch Broom control works

12:00-1:00pm    Lunch back at campground

1:00– 3:00pm  Scotch broom control works


This project is supported by Hunter Region Landcare Network and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.



Qualifications Required

  • I have read and agree to the Volunteer Terms & Conditions, the DPIE Privacy Policy and the Code of Ethics and Conduct: (click on 'i' icon to read Terms and Conditions, and find Code link) Must be Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Thursday, February 23, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Friday, February 24, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 25, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Sunday, February 26, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM