Cosseted in a picturesque, river valley at the foot of the Bucketts Mountains, Gloucester is a comfortable, three-hours drive north of Sydney. Renowned for its hospitality, Gloucester us a town for all, tourist seasons where you can unwind and relax.
Take a scenic drive into the ranges and adjoining valleys or head for the lookouts, picnic spots and trails of nearby Barrington Tops, Sydney’s closest World Heritage-listed area. The parks myriad 4WD tracks and walking trails - scaled by rangers to accommodate both occasional and serious bushwalkers - criss-cross the Tops' forest. Detailed maps on how to access such scenic wonders as the pool of reflections, the Gloucester Falls, and the various lookouts are freely available.
You should also reserve a night for Goldies glow worm and wild life tour. Increasingly known for its clean, green image Gloucester is the home of Barrington beef and perch and alternative agricultural operations including rabbit farming, herb farming, Boer goat and miniature pony studs and native plant nurseries.
- Shakespeare Festival (May), Mountain Man Triathlon (September)
Things to do
Heritage Walk - around the township
Aboriginal Arts Centre - Hume Street
Gloucester Gallery - Denison Street
Visitor Information Centre - 27 Denison Street Gloucester
In the area
Bucketts Walk - up to Bucketts Mountain Range for panoramic views
Goldtown - at Copeland, a site of the former Mountain Maid Goldmine
Barrington Tops Forest Drive - from Gloucester to Scone with rainforest walks, views, picnic spots and self-guided information.