Gloucester Travel Guide

  • Mist laden valley and the Bucketts
    Mist laden valley and the Bucketts
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  • Farmer's friend with cobweb
    Farmer's friend with cobweb
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  • Bucketts from the golf course
    Bucketts from the golf course
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Gloucester Things to Do

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    The scenic drive across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone forms a direct link between the Upper Hunter and the coast. It's a popular road for tourists but is also used by logging trucks transporting hardwood logs so watch out for them. It is unsealed a lot of the way as it is in national park. The mountain scenery, Beech Forests,...

  • Copeland Tops

    This was my first visit back to Copeland since it had been officially opened (see general tips) so I was interested to see just how it looked.One thing I couldn't help but notice this time is the proliferation of birds nest ferns. Perhaps it was the rays of sunlight upon them that made them stand out but they were almost worth the trip...

  • Scenic route - MOONAN FLAT - Part 2

    Don't expect much at Moonan Flat which is located alongside the river that feeds into Lake Glenbawn, it is one of the smallest villages in the Upper Hunter. It is picturesque though, and has vineyards in the surrounding area. . This little village is old, being built to serve the goldminers years ago. Evidently, "Thunderbolt," the Bushranger,...

  • Barrington Tops to Scone scenic route -...

    The scenic drive across the Barrington Tops between Gloucester and Scone forms a direct link between the Upper Hunter and the coast. It's a popular road for tourists but is also used by logging trucks transporting hardwood logs so watch out for them. It is unsealed a lot of the way as it is in national park.The mountain scenery, Beech Forests,...


    This is a pretty picnic/FREE camping area beside the Barnard River. We came across it on the road that leads from Gloucester to Walcha [Thunderbolts Way] a lovely scenic drive. There were BBQ & toilet facilities, and you would be able to go swimming and canoeing, the water looking very enticing, and would be a nice spot on a hot day.If you come...


    The Bucketts Circle is a 30km Return (19km sealed & 11km unsealed) scenic drive we did. Crossing the Gloucester River several times, all the way we had good views of the unusually shaped Bucketts Mountain Range. On the Faulkland section of the road, there is a picnic area, and you will also see the historic Faulkland House.If you have a car, take...

  • The lookout

    On the Gloucester to Nowendoc section of Thunderbolt's Way there's a lookout givng about a 200 degree panorama.Every time I've passed by the light or conditions have never been quite right but one day I'll get the shot I'm after. The opening shot is about the best I've been able to manage.In the meantime I pulled up the other day with drifting mist...

  • Who cares about the ball

    "A good walk spoilt" is a famous quote used when referring to golf. I, for one, can concur with this statement.Having said that if you get to play a round at the nine hole Gloucester course you'll find it hard not to enjoy.This course has expansive views over the Bucketts, rising beyond rich dairy cattle lands, although that industry is in the...

  • Main Street

    I've been going through Gloucester for over thirty years with work and it hasn't changed a lot. Sure, some of the buildings might have changed their usage and ownership may have passed hands but, from the outside at least, you'd readily recognized the place if you hadn't been there for years.A coat of paint (pic 1) on the local hotel, the Avon...

  • All the rivers run

    It's in the middle of a drought. A drought labelled by one of those in authority as a "One in a thousand year drought". While they were fermenting policies in air conditioned rooms in the nation's capital something happened. It rained.Not totally drought saving and not everywhere, but it rained significant moisture in places. As you can see from...

  • Bretti Reserve

    This is merely a sample, albeit an enticing one, of the type of places you can camp by the river in the area.Rather obviously it's called Bretti Reserve and it's located just off Thunderbolts Way. Following is the official blurb:"Bretti Reserve: Approx 25 minutes from Gloucester. Primitive toilet facilities. River close by, good for swimming....

  • A potted history

    Mid 19th century, many Aborigines still populated the area. They camped and held corroborees on the future townsite and helped the early settlers at harvest time. Annually they met at Gloucester before heading off to Stroud where they were issued with a blanket apiece. The noted bushranger, 'Captain Thunderbolt' (Fred Ward) hid out at Gloucester...


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  • Climbing the Bucketts

    The sharp hills at the western side of Gloucester are called the Bucketts and there's a track through private property that gives you access to the northern end.At first it's through a paddock and it gets very steep about one third of the way up and then, for the adventurous, you start to climb up the rocks.I would be lying if I said it was easy...


    Scone is known as the "Horse capital of Australia" as it has 65 Race Horse studs here. The countryside in this area, is rich and pretty. We have entered this town in every possible way, the last being on our scenic tour through Barrington Tops. This drive is called the "Heritage World Drive" and comes out in Scone.The Visitor Information and Wine...

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Gloucester General

  • Heading out

    I was on my way to Taree along the Bucketts Way. It was early morning and mist shrouded the valleys. This was classic Gloucester weather and I couldn't help but stop and take some pictures en route. It's such picturesque country you can take any drive out of the town and get some wonderful sights. Going on some of the side dirt roads can also be...

  • The newest attraction

    Mountain Maid mine is at Copeland, not too far out of Gloucester.Once it was a scene of a gold rush, as many inland Australian towns were but, sadly, Copeland today is but a remnant of its former self. About 10 houses remain from a population of over 2,000.They are set in a picturesque lush hillside setting. However, a small remnant has just been...

  • Pushing the boundaries

    Up in Gloucester Tops you can still tread where man has not gone before. There are streams as yet unnamed, plants as yet unseen. This is true wilderness in parts. So it was that the second time I went exploring I pushed beyond where I had gone before and managed to get down another two levels before I was stopped by a narrow canyon with...


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