Volunteering at the Department of Planning and Environment

Barrington Tops Area - Barrington Tops Broom Event - Little Murray - 4WD only

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 Little Murray with the objective being to rehabilitate habitat for a large number of rare and threatened species via the removal of surviving Scotch Broom in refuge areas adjoining impacted sections from the Carters Road Wildfire in the World Heritage Area. Participants will be cutting unburnt mature broom plants and emerging seedlings in the project area. Activities will start and finish from Little Murray where free camping is provided.
Twilight Tour & Biodiversity Monitoring:
As a bonus, in this program we will be incorporating a twilight tours to 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”.
Getting to Little Murray  - 4WD Access only:
Participants will provide their own transport to Little Murray Campground. The roads are unsealed, and open to the public. The access to Little Murray campground is 4WD ONLY and is accessible only form 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 by the March 2021 flood and storm events. Road re-open dates are unknown at this stage. Access 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. Turn into Barrington trail, which is on the right 1km past Polblue. Follow Barrington Trail for around 5km to Little Murray campground.
Little Murray Campground
The campground has been booked out 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. Little Murray Campground 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 off-road capable camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes. For campground information click here - Little Murray campground | NSW National Parks 
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 and firewood.
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.
What to bring
Long sleeve shirt, long pants, jumpers and jackets, safety glasses, gloves, closed shoes (ankle high lace up boots preferred). 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 Little Murray Hut
9:00-10:00am Activity Induction
10:00-10:30am Morning tea – NPWS – bring a cup
10:30-12:00am Drive to site & inspect post fire site
12:00-1:00pm Lunch on site – bring picnic lunch and chair
1:00-3:00pm Scotch Broom control works
3:00pm Return to campsite at your leisure
This project is support 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, December 08, 2022 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Friday, December 09, 2022 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 02, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Friday, February 03, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 04, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Sunday, February 05, 2023 9:00 AM 3:00 PM