Gloucester and its nearby sister city of Stroud: surrounds were first settled by the free settler colonialists in the 1820s and 30s.
Beside the gardens and parks in town, there are renowned nearby parks that are well worth a visit, including Barrington Tops National Park and Gloucester Tops. Both offer great views of the surrounds and the chance to experience nature at its prime.
The Great Lakes Region, just to the east, offers pristine lakes, waterways and ocean surf beaches.
Tourism is well catered for in the region, in and around Gloucester there are a number of options for accommodation including motels, holiday homes and serviced apartments, making it convenient to explore this mountainous part of the Hunter Valley.
Barrington Tops National Park, one of the highest points in the country, is surrounded by peaceful yet rugged verdant mountains and valleys. Covering the tops is a cool climate rainforest, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
Numerous walks make it easy to explore, BBQs and picnic areas make it a great place to visit for a day. There are also overnight walks and small choice secluded places to camp, see the Barrington Tops NP Campsites.
In the park, Careys Peak Lookout is an easy walk, with stunning views and a picnic area. Other walks also have excellent views of the surrounds, including the Corket trail and the Devils Hole lookout. On the Antartic Beech Forest walk, there is rainforest and crystal clear cascading waterways.
Guided tours are available. Mountain biking is welcome here as is fishing between October and May, as well as horseriding.
Gloucester Tops, also in the Barrington NP, has a snow gum tree forest and a waterfall. Plenty of wildlife to see, especially birdlife. There is a picnic area to enjoy lunch.
Barrington Tops State Forest, on the Manning River, allows camping and 4WD touring. Phone 1300 655 687 for more information.
NSW National Parks: NSW National Parks.
You can visit the Gloucester Museum for an interesting view of the local history of the region, with artefacts, photos, records and other exhibits. Open Tue and Thur from 10.00am to 12 midday, Sat 10am to 2pm. Phone +061 2 6558 9989 for more information.
Two main attractions in Stroud, located south of Gloucester, are the Stroud Courthouse Museum, open 11am to 1 pm on Sundays as well as the Quambi School House Museum Open 1.10pm to 3pm Sundays. Organised by the Stroud Historical Society.
The nearby wineries are worth visiting, many have wine cellar doors, where you can purchase select wines. Some of these are only available here and nowhere else.
North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take the F3 Freeway to the Sydney - Newcastle Highway. At the end, take the the New England Freeway. NSW Trains are available from Sydney Central, Strathfield and Hornsby via Countrylink (Phone 13 22 32).
The Visitor Information Centre in Maitland is a useful repository of tourist information when you are there. Find out more, call 1300 132 975. You can find them in town, Cnr. of the New England Highway and Les Darcy Drive.
Just further north of Gloucester: North Coast Map.
Museums in NSW: NSW Museums.
Art Galleries: NSW Art Galleries.
NSW Attractions: NSW Attractions.
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