Stroud Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud
    Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud
    by globetrott
  • Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud
    Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud
    by globetrott

Stroud Things to Do

  • HISTORIC STROUD

    STROUD..... This small town is one where time has stood still, the whole town is classified by the National Trust, and there still is only a population of 600 calling Stroud home!It is nestled in the pretty Karuah Valley, only 219 km north of Sydney by road, 75 km north-east of Newcastle. English people probably recognize the name, and yes, it was...

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  • lovely houses in colonial style

    When walking through Stroud, you will see a lot of lovely houses in colonial style like the ones in my picture. Stroud is a village that is spread over quite a large area, but the part that I am talking about in this VT-page is the so-called "historic" part of Stroud around of the old Post-office & the Central Hotel.

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  • The Anglican Church & cemetery

    The Anglican Church was unfortunately not open, while I was in Stroud, but at least I could take a closer look at the cemetery around that church. In that quite small village with not more than 500 inhabitants I also saw a roman catholic church and a uniting church.

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  • The Stroud gate & fences

    All of the village of Stroud once was surrounded by a fence in order to protect the early settlers against wildlife. There is not much left of that fence, but recently they set up again a replica of the town-gate next to the hotel, a great idea !

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  • Quambi House

    Quambi House was built in 1831 by Sir Edward Perry, who was the Superintendant of the Australian Agricultural Company, as a school-house for the village and as accomodation for the school-master.

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  • Silo Hill

    Silo Hill was a store for pest-free storage of grain and other products inside of underground-silos that were built into the hill in the year 1841. These silos are empty nowadays, but some of them may be visited.On that hill you will also see 2 cannons now, that were built in England in 1855 and were shipped to Australia in order to defend Sydney...

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  • Watch out for the great shopping-fronts

    I really loved some of the old shopping-fronts, beautifully decorated with colorfull glasses and great decorations like shown in my pictures here. And unlike many other villages in NSW most of these shops are still opened, while in the rest of thr country about 80% of the shops in the smaller villages are emptied and for sale.

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  • Stroud House

    The Stroud House was built between 1828 and 1832 by the Australian Agricultural company for their local commissioners and it is without doubt one of the most beautiful buildings that you will find in Stroud. This building is privately owned nowadays.My last picture: another lovely building close to Stroud House.

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  • The old postoffice

    This is the old postoffice of Stroud and it dates back to the year 1826. It is still used by the post-office and has another shop there as well. My last picture: take a look into the gardens of Stroud and you will find a lot of great surprises !b.t.w. hidden in this wheel is the post-box - read more about it in my local-customs-tips !

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  • The Bowen Chambers

    The Bowen Chambers is an insurance-company and their house is worth seeing as well for tourists. With its clocktower I first thought it would be the postoffice. My favorite of this buildiong is the quite unique entrancegate, that you will see here in my main picture !

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  • The old courthouse of Stroud

    The old courthouse of Stroud dates back to the year 1876 and it was built on the place of a much older courthouse that had been built in 1826, when the first settlers came to Stroud.This building is a museum nowadays and it is open for the public daily between 11.00am and 03.00pm.

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  • STROUD HOUSE

    Stroud House is another building built by the AAC. It started as a single-storey building in 1828, and was added to in 1832 to become a two-storey building. Further additions were made in 1873. It served as a guesthouse for the company superintendents. From 1873 it was used by the Bank of Australia and 1926 it became, and still is, a private...

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Stroud Restaurants

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    by globetrott Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    There is this tiny cafe next to the library, where I had my breakfast. I was glad they opened quite early and a good choice of pastries and sandwiches. There are a few tables inside and 3 small tables out on the terrace, facing that main-street of Stroud.

    Favorite Dish: I had a cappucino and some pastries and I was glad to be able to enjoy it out on the terrace.

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Stroud Transportation

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    by globetrott Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    You need a car to get to Stroud and you need a lot of patience as well, as the roads are narrow and mostly in bad condition, but I think it was really worth going there.
    I had a camper-car, quite a simple motorhome, like shown in my 2nd picture and I payed 950 Euros for it for 14 days unlimited driving and including the best insurance with every kind of damage inluded in that price.
    Still, I would not recommend to hire this type of car, as they dont even have moscito-nets for any of their windows and many things that look good in the first moment are not very practical when driving around. One of these things was cooking: it works best when you have the door open and a small table attached to the car: looks good, BUT at the end the car is full of mossies...

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Stroud Local Customs

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    by globetrott Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    In Stroud I found some of the most unique letterboxes of my time in NSW: my favorite was the one in my main picture, it once was a machinery with a large turning knife, used to cut down all sorts of things on a farm and now it is standing there at the gate holding the letterbox. And another one that I loved very much is the one with a small vat and obviously it even provides a drink for the postman - see my 2nd photo !

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Stroud Off The Beaten Path

  • Dungog - just about 12km from Stroud

    Dungog is another village in that area that I found quite interesting for some great local architecture, one of the oldest cinemas in Australia and a lot more. You will pass by this village when you drive to Stroud from the west and the distance to Stroud is about 12km from Dungog.So maybe you should calculate half an hour or so for a stroll...

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  • Monkerai Bridge

    Monkerai Bridge was actually the reason for me to drive to Stroud, but when I got there, the bridge was closed due to some repairs after heavy rainfalls and besides of this, the road to Monkerai Bridge was unsealed, so I was not allowed to drive there in my rental car.This bridge dates back to the year 1882 and comprises 6 spans with an overall...

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  • Clarence Town Bridge

    Clarence Town Bridge (The "Brig" O' Johnston) is the oldest timber truss bridge in New South Wales, and it is dating back to the year 1880. This bridge is still in use nowadays for everyday trafic. There is a oneway system on that bridge, so you have to make sure, no other car is oncoming while you drive on that bridge. At the southern end of the...

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Stroud Favorites

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    by globetrott Updated Jan 21, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The historic village of Stroud was founded in 1824 by the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC). The village was surrouded by a fence and by 2 gates in 1826 in order to defend the town against the perceived threat of convicts and lifestock.
    Nowadays you can still see a replica of one of these gates !

    Fondest memory: Nowadays you can still see 30 heritage buildings in Stroud, the oldest of them beeing the Quambi House, that dates back to the year 1830 and was built as a school-house.

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