Itineraries & Trails
Gloucester – Scenic trail – Bucketts Mountains
Barrington village, Barrington Bridge, Barrington River valley, Rocky Crossing, Gloucester River, the Bucketts Mountains, Gloucester District Park, and five river crossings on fords (caution advised).
This is the best short scenic drive in Gloucester, you’ll see the remarkable Bucketts Mountains from all sides, the best of our beautiful rural landscapes, cross numerous river fords with excellent picnic spots, and end up in the beautiful riverside park in the centre of Gloucester. It’s 34km of fully sealed road and you can do the drive easily under 60 minutes. But why not take a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic rural charm that Gloucester is famous for.
(NB. This route may be unsuitable in times of high river levels, check with the Visitor Information Centre).
Start point: Gloucester Visitor Information Centre (27 Denison Street)
End point: Gloucester District Park, enter via Thunderbolts Way
Take the main street, veer left at the roundabout and follow the road that becomes Thunderbolts Way heading towards Tamworth, through Barrington village, across the historic timber Barrington Bridge and turn left onto Barrington West Road. Follow Barrington West Road, past beautiful farmland vistas with the Bucketts Mountains on your left, across the other side of the Barrington River.
Rocky Crossing is the first river ford you will come to at the Barrington River, there’s plenty of parking and space for a riverside picnic, it’s a popular spot for swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Cross the river and continue on Barrington West Road as it rises up to the end of the valley. Be sure to stop and take a photo, the view back down the Barrington River valley is so beautiful!
Continue on Barrington West Road as it goes over the ridge and down into the neighbouring valley, the next river ford is across the Gloucester River. Turn left onto Faulkland Road, heading back to Gloucester. There are two more river fords to cross, each with scenic riverside picnic spots. Continue on Faulkland Road past more rural landscapes then turn left on Stantons Lane, past the Gloucester River Winery and admire the view of the Bucketts, now up close and personal. The last river ford is across the Gloucester River where Stanton Lane becomes Bucketts Road. Follow this all the way to the end, past the Bucketts Mountains looming on your left and the fish farm, until you get to Thunderbolts Way.
Turn right and head back into Gloucester but watch for the right hand turn into Gloucester District Park. This is one of the prettiest town parks in the state with its lovely riverside location and unbeatable range of sporting facilities. If you haven’t already had your picnic, don’t miss the riverside walk under the tall trees, you’ll find the perfect spot where you can listen to the Gloucester River babbling over the pebbles on its way to the sea.
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