Barrington Tops National Park, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2446

At the foot of the impressive monolithic hills of the Bucketts Range, Gloucester calls itself the base camp to the Barrington Tops. This green and peaceful town is known for its top-quality produce including Barrington beef and perch.

Visitor Information

27 Denison St; (02) 6558 1408

Nearby national parks

  • Barrington Tops National Park

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  • Crowdy Bay National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Stroud

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  • Taree

    Taree is a big modern town on the Manning River and the commercial hub of the Manning River district. It is well known for its handicrafts...more

In Town

Minimbah Aboriginal Native Gardens: bush-tucker gardens; Gloucester District Park.

Folk Museum: pioneer household relics, toys, and gemstones and rocks; open 10am–2pm Thurs and Sat, 11am–3pm Sun; Church St; (02) 6558 9989.

Town heritage walk: includes Lostrochs Cordial Factory and Gloucester Powerhouse; brochure from visitor centre.

Walking trails: through nearby parks, brochure from visitor centre.


Barrington Tops National Park This World Heritage–listed rainforest on one of the highest points of the Great Dividing Range (1600m) is enormous and has a great variety of landscapes, flora and fauna, and some snow in winter. There are some good walking trails, beautiful forest drives, gorges and waterfalls, and breathtaking views from Mt Allyn, 1100 m above sea level. The Barrington Tops Forest Dr from Gloucester to Scone has rainforest walks and picnic spots en route; brochure from visitor centre. 60 km W.

Copeland State Conservation Area: easily accessible dry rainforest, well known for its gold production in the 1870s and large stands of red cedar. Walking trails that utilise the old wagon and logging tracks are open to the public; 17km W.

The Bucketts Walk: 90min return with great views of town; Bucketts Rd; 2 km W.

Lookouts: amazing views of the national park, town and surrounding hills at Kia-ora Lookout (4 km N), Mograni Lookout (5 km E) and Berrico Trig Station (14 km W).

Goldtown: former site of the Mountain Maid Goldmine (1876), now mostly covered with rainforest. Also a historical museum, gold panning and underground mine tours; 16 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 78 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Barrington Tops National Park 41 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 81 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 85 km

Advances in club and ball technology, aimed at helping players hit longer and straighter, have had a big effect on golf course architecture since the early 1990s. Many new developers have urged designers to stretch... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


This light and airy, friendly coffee house serves a dazzling array of homemade delicacies, including condiments for sale. Opened in 2002, the decor is quite chic, with steel sculptures and timber shelving. There’s... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 86 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

Campsites around town

Poley's Place 7 km

Take the family camping on a working cattle property on the banks of picturesque Barrington River, 8 km north of Gloucester on Thunderbolts Way. Basic cabins, caravans and a bunkhouse are also available. Attractions... Find out more

Copeland Reserve camping area 11 km

Approximately 15 km west of Gloucester along the Gloucester–Scone Rd, you’ll find this large open area near the creek, in which you can pan for gold. Bring drinking water, firewood, pets and your swimming... Find out more

Wards Glen camping area 18 km

A basic bush site with no facilities, Wards Glen is for self-sufficient campers only. It’s dry-weather access only for 2WD vehicles, and set in the west of the reserve off Glen Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood... Find out more

Gloryvale Reserve camping area 19 km

Pet-friendly, close to the river and only 23 km north of Gloucester along Thunderbolts Way, this camping area has a shallow, rocky swimming area suitable for small children. Note that it’s 2WD access only in dry... Find out more

Bretti Reserve camping area 25 km

Less than half an hour’s drive north from Gloucester on Thunderbolts Way, Bretti Reserve has basic facilities, but it’s spacious and the river is close by so it’s good for swimming. Pets are allowed... Find out more

Gloucester River camping area (eastern section) 27 km

There’s a bit of everything available here, including walking tracks, swimming holes and plenty of wildlife. One of the few camping grounds in the east of the park, it lies 38 km south-west of Gloucester on... Find out more

Manning River camping area 28 km

You’ll find this camping area just inside the park on the banks of the Manning River, on the flood-detour road off Curricabark Rd. Bring your drinking water and firewood; gas/fuel stove preferred.... Find out more

Rocks Crossing Reserve camping area 29 km

At Rocks Crossing, 21 km north-west of Mount George Village beside Nowendoc River, you’ll find toilets, BBQs and picnic tables. The river is great for canoeing and fishing. Note: bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Walk-in camping areas 30 km

Scattered throughout the park are established walk-in bush campsites with no facilities. These are for self-sufficient walkers carrying good topographic maps, their own drinking water and, preferably, a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Coachwood camping area 30 km

This is a cracker of a campsite next to Telegherry River, with a welcoming swimming hole as well as a 2 km return walking track to Problem Creek Falls. With dry-weather access only for 2WD vehicles, it’s off Frying... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Alum Mountain Caravan Park 50 km

Located on the northern edge of town alongside the Pacific Highway, this is an older park with basic facilities. It is very convenient for an overnight stop or as a base to explore the local lakes and forests. Dogs are... Find out more

Dawson River Tourist Park 53 km

This park is on the banks of the Dawson River with sites right to the water’s edge. Recent developments have greatly improved this older style park.... Find out more

Big4 Forster Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park 54 km

This is a quality park on the water’s edge. It is in a quieter area of town but just a short distance from the town centre. There is a good range of facilities and bookings are required in peak periods; a... Find out more

Forster Beach Caravan Park 55 km

This council-operated park is just a 2-minute walk from the centre of town, located on the headland overlooking the estuary and town centre. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Beachfront Holiday Resort 55 km

A great quality park with good management, this place offers a range of facilities and is close to the beach. It is set in a quiet spot off the main road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village 56 km

This is a quality, award-winning park with great holiday entertainment and a range of activities all year round. A good family park, it is set in a wonderful subtropical palm grove. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Lanis on the Beach 60 km

Close to the popular Old Bar beach and suitable for an overnight stay or a family holiday, this is a neatly maintained, peaceful family park with wonderful grassy sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Myall Shores Nature Resort 64 km

Situated on the shores of Myall Lakes, access to this park is from Bulahdelah and 10 km of the road is unsealed. Located in a picture-postcard position close to the vehicle ferry crossing, it has good facilities and a... Find out more

Sandbar and Bushland Caravan Parks 67 km

Some 20 km south of Forster, this park at Sandbar is tucked away in a secluded bush location on the shores of the tranquil Smiths Lake, just a short walk from Sandbar Beach. There are in fact two separate parks here, one... Find out more

East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park 67 km

This is a quality, award-winning caravan park just a short walk from 14 km of unspoiled ocean beach. The park has excellent facilities for people with disabilities. It is a quiet place where a few days could slip by very... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Altamira Retreat

Altamira Retreat is a family-friendly resort nestled at the foothills of Barrington Tops National Park. There’s a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone, including Country Family Apartments, Poolside... Find out more

Arrowee House B&B

Arrowee House is Gloucester’s longest established B&B, renowned for its spectacular scenery and homely guest rooms. There is a new family unit available as well as two queen rooms and one twin-share option.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 73 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wang Wauk rest area 38 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Talawahl Creek rest area 46 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Four Mile Hill rest area 48 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 49 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Newmans Road rest areas 51 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 63 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 63 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Coopernook Forest camping area 66 km

T/O to Moorland South

Large grassed campground surrounded by forest located 4km west of the highway via Forest Rd (partly unsealed).

Station Creek rest area 68 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Tom Cat Creek rest area 72 km

33km N of Taree (L) or 87km S of Kempsey (R)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Stockyard Creek rest area 72 km

81km W of Wauchope (L) or 83km SE of Walcha (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 73 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Medowie Road rest area 74 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 79 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.

Ponderosa Park camping area 90 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.

Burrawan rest area 90 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

What's on around town

Shakespeare Festival: May.

Mountain Man Triathlon: kayaking, mountain-biking and running; Sept.

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