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Gloucester Gateway to the Barrington Tops

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Published April 13th 2015
Gloucester gateway to the Barrington tops
If you are after a tree change for a day trip or a weekend away from the city, why not head up the buckets way to Gloucester.

Gloucester War memorial, war, Memorial, the great war, Gloucester, NSW Country town.
Gloucester War Memorial

This is a very easy drive from Newcastle or Sydney. Follow the Pacific highway north of Raymond Terrace and at 12 mile creek take The Buckets Way turn off. Follow this road for about an hour and you will reach the town of Gloucester.

Of course, you may want to have a look around Stroud on your way past, as there are some interesting things to discover here as well.

Once you are at Gloucester, there are some great spots to have a bite to eat.

Roadies Cafe, Gloucester, NSW, country Town
Roadies Cafe
Roadies Cafe is a motorcycle theme eatery that is very popular stop of for the many weekend warriors who ride the nearby roads. Don't be worried about them, they are just like the "wild hogs", average people having a little fun and a coffee.

The roundabout hotel and the Avon valley Inn both have great bistros if you are after some lunch or tea.

If you want to explore the nearby Barrington and Gloucester tops but are not into camping, then Gloucester is the place to stay. There is a large variety of accommodation available in town.

If you have the kids in tow, don't miss the Riverside Park.

To get a idea of the countryside, there are two lookouts that are worth a visit. The easy one is on the Buckets way east of town heading towards Taree. You can drive right to the top of the lookout and get a great view of the "Buckets" and the surrounding country side.

Round About Hotel Gloucester, Gloucester, NSW
Round About Hotel Gloucester
The other lookout is on one of the "buckets". The start of the track is off Buckets Road on the west side of town. As you travel along Buckets Road, there is a gate in the farm fence with a sign saying lookout. The first part of the walk is up a hill through the farm paddock and there is a rest shelter at the base of the "Bucket". From here the track becomes a little harder as you make your way to the top. This requires some rock hopping in places, but a person of average fitness should be able to make it without too much trouble.

By using Gloucester as a starting point, you can also visit the Barrington tops and the Gloucester tops.They both are accessible with a 2WD car, although you will experience some unsealed roads and they can become a little rough at times.

If you have a 4WD car then there are some extra tracks available to explore as well.

Contact the Gloucester Visitor information centre on (02) 6558 1408 if you would like to visit an old gold mine at Copeland and find out about a guided tour for a small fee.
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Why? Gateway to the Barrington Tops
When: All year round
Phone: 02 6538 5252
Where: Gloucester NSW
Cost: Free
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