Gloucester & Barrington Tops
World heritage parks, beautiful drives, paddling in the Barrington river, horse riding & walking tracks
Gateway to Barrington Tops
Just a few hours north of Sydney on the north coast of NSW, Gloucester is the closest town to the renowned wilderness destinations of World Heritage Barrington Tops, Woko and Copeland Tops. Barrington Tops is the highest subalpine region outside the Australian Alps and it gets a regular dusting of snow each winter. You’ll be enthralled by high altitude ancient rainforests, towering tree fern groves, snow gum meadows and exhilarating mountain views.
Your short detour off the Pacific Highway to Gloucester via the Bucketts Way is one of the state’s oldest tourist drives, and for good reasons: short scenic drives around the district take you to dramatic mountain ranges, breathtaking views, beautiful valleys and platypus-filled rivers. Holiday in Gloucester and discover a pretty country town with a remarkable backdrop of the Bucketts Mountains surrounded by three rivers, productive farming valleys and high forested mountains. Plus the golf course is the prettiest in the state!
Outdoor activities are our specialty. Try white water paddling by canoe or kayak, the rivers are good for beginners, intermediate & experienced paddlers too. Or try horse riding, you’ll ride scenic riverside trails with a true bushman. Plus there are plenty of walking trails in the parks that take you to rarely visited waterfalls, wetlands and breathtaking lookouts.