Chichester Dam, Hunter Water Corporation / © Hunter Water Corporation

Population 669

This delightful town is nestled in the green Karuah Valley and seems to be from another era. The absence of tourist facilities combined with the plethora of historic buildings gives Stroud an unaffected charm. The annual International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition sees residents competing against towns called Stroud in the United States, England and Canada.

Visitor Information

Forster Visitor Information Centre, Little St; Forster; (02) 6554 8799 or 1800 802 692

Nearby national parks

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    World Heritage–listed Barrington Tops National Park spans a world of contrasts, from subalpine tablelands and peaks wreathed in...more

  • Crowdy Bay National Park

    Crowdy Bay National Park runs along the state’s mid-north coast, a ribbon of lowlands with rocky outcrops and sandy beaches just south...more

Nearby towns

  • Bulahdelah

    Bulahdelah is a pretty town at the foot of Bulahdelah Mountain (known to locals as Alum Mountain because of the alunite that was mined...more

  • Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay is a coastal tourist centre that has remained small enough to maintain its charm. With outstanding white beaches and gentle...more

  • Gloucester

    At the foot of the impressive monolithic hills of the Bucketts Range, Gloucester calls itself the base camp to the Barrington Tops. This...more

In Town

St John's Anglican Church This convict-built church was made with bricks of local clay in 1833 and features beautiful stained-glass windows and original cedar furnishings. The church is noted as the place where bushranger Captain Thunderbolt married Mary Ann Bugg. Cowper St.

Underground silo: one of 8 brick-lined silos built in 1841 for grain storage, it can be inspected by descending a steel ladder; Silo Hill Reserve, off Broadway St.

Self-guide town walk: covers 32 historic sites including Orchard Cottage (1830s) and St Columbanus Catholic Church (1857), which is still in original condition; brochure from visitor centre.


Dungog In 1838 this town, nestled in the Williams River valley, was established as a military outpost to prevent bushranging by local villains such as Captain Thunderbolt. North of Dungog is Chichester Dam, with its blue-gum surrounds, and east of the dam is Chichester State Forest. In the foothills of the Barrington Tops, the forest has picnic spots, camping, lookouts and walking trails. 22 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 35 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

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 39 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

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 44 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Barrington Tops National Park 56 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

Birdwatching near Newcastle 61 km

A reclaimed 45-hectare wetland area just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle has been Ramsar-listed and is an excellent spot to see up to 213 bird species, including more than 2000 pairs of breeding egrets. The... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 41 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

Newcastle Golf Club 54 km

Long before American Tom Doak became the revered course designer he is today, he travelled the world playing and studying more than 800 courses. He made notes on every one, before compiling them into what he called ... Find out more

The Vintage Golf Club 71 km

Hunter Valley semillon, with its zesty aromas and flavours, is sometimes described by wine experts as ‘Australia’s wine gift to the world’. Its appeal also lies in its capacity to age well. The same... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Terra Cottage Gallery and Cafe

Serving light meals, morning and afternoon tea, great coffee and excellent desserts, this bustling cafe surrounds a picturesque pond and waterfall area outside a thatched roof pavilion. The mudbrick gallery sells a... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 42 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

Steel River Brewery 58 km

Every brewhouse has its own distinct personality – new ones are punched out in uniform fashion and pretty much look the same, but pre-loved ones tend to have a bit more character and, more often than not, a... Find out more

Bluetongue Brewery 64 km

Set up in 2004 by a consortium of Hunter region identities, including wine man Bruce Tyrell and hotelier Ian Burford, Bluetongue Brewery soon established a significant regional market for its premium lager and alcoholic... Find out more

Campsites around town

Strike-a-light camping area 12 km

Although it’s no longer managed by Forests NSW as a designated camping area, this is a large, grassy spot where you can put up a tent overnight. It’s not far from Mammy Johnsons River and its tributaries,... Find out more

Double Wharf Campground 19 km

This campground is accessed via Googes Rd off Hobarts Forest Rd. It’s 4WD access only, and you’ll need to bring your own portable toilet, firewood and drinking water.... Find out more

Dungog Caravan Park 20 km

A quaint little spot by the Williams River, on Stroud Rd 700 m north of town, Dungog is a comfortable place to use as a base for exploring nearby Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest. There’s... Find out more

Tattersalls camping area 20 km

Located on the Karuah River, access is via Hobart Rd from Limeburners Creek. The site is for self-sufficient campers only and access is 4WD only. Bring water and firewood.... Find out more

Wards Glen camping area 27 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

Williams River Holiday Park 27 km

This extensive and well-equipped holiday park in Clarence Town provides a range of accommodation styles, from tent-based camping to air-conditioned cabins. Clarence Town was an important trading port in the 1800s; today,... Find out more

Wharf Reserve camping area 27 km

Ah, the serenity. Watch the sun set over the beautiful, tree-lined Williams River in historic Clarence Town, an old shipbuilding township 200 km north of Sydney and 50 km north of Newcastle. Coming from the south, take... Find out more

Frying Pan Creek camping area 28 km

A picturesque campsite on the banks of Telegherry River, this is a particularly popular spot for mountain-bikers. Note: dry-weather access only for 2WDs. Bring your own firewood and drinking water, or boil/treat water... Find out more

Coachwood camping area 28 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

Telegherry Forest Park camping area 29 km

From this large grassed area on the banks of Telegherry River, you can go for a swim, bushwalk or bike ride, or take a look at the old logging machinery situated at the turn-off from Wangat Rd onto Middle Ridge Rd. The... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Alum Mountain Caravan Park 23 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

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 29 km

Located in a quiet position a short distance from the Pacific Highway, this park has very good amenities and looks across the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a long jetty, good for fishing, and a limited number... Find out more

Australian Motor Homes Tourist Park 29 km

This park is designed for big rigs. Located alongside the Pacific Highway, west of Karuah, it is a great place for an overnight stay and popular with groups on weekends. The owners also operate a commercial fish farm,... Find out more

Myall River Camp 33 km

This bush camp is located a few kilometres north of Hawks Nest, along a road accessible by conventional vehicles. Set on a large grassy expanse beside the Myall River, the camp has no power and limited facilities and... Find out more

Myall Shores Nature Resort 34 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

Hawks Nest Beach Holiday Park 36 km

Located just a short walk from a popular beach and the Hawks Nest Surf Club, this park is also only a kilometre from the centre of town. It has large expanses of lawn and is ideal for a family holiday or just a few... Find out more

Big4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park 37 km

Located in a quiet area of the Port Stephens region, this is a quality waterfront park ideal for a family holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all... Find out more

Halifax Holiday Park 39 km

Close to the centre of Nelson Bay, this well-maintained tourist park adjoins a busy public boat ramp on the eastern shores of Port Stephens. There are often people cleaning their catch near the boat ramp and numerous... Find out more

One Mile Beach Holiday Park 44 km

This quality, award-winning caravan park is located in the popular Port Stephens region, just a few kilometres south of Nelson Bay. Set alongside a popular surf beach, it has excellent amenities and great recreational... Find out more

Bellhaven Caravan Park 47 km

With good access to the Pacific Highway, this basic park has grassy drive-through sites ideal for an overnight stop. The town centre is only a short drive away. Bookings are recommended all year round.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Orchard Cottage Accommodation

Orchard Cottage is one of Stroud’s original cottages (c. 1826). The self-contained accommodation sleeps six (one queen, one double, two singles) with one bathroom. Encircled by an English garden, it is perfectly... Find out more

Telegherry Estate

Mingara Heavy Horse Stud and Telegherry Estate Vineyards form Telegherry Estate on 50 hectares of rolling countryside. Queen-sized bedrooms, kitchen facilities, a huge covered outdoor area, pool table and barbecue... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 45 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

Nerong Waterholes rest area 24 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

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

Bulahdelah Rest Area 24 km

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

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Browns Flat rest area 24 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

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

Station Creek rest area 26 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 31 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Medowie Road rest area 32 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

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

Newmans Road rest areas 33 km

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

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

Wang Wauk rest area 43 km

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

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Talawahl Creek rest area 60 km

18km S of Taree (L)

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

Four Mile Hill rest area 68 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Pothana Lane rest area 69 km

30km NW of Maitland (L) or 17km SE of Singleton (R)

Just off the highway at the end of the 'No Through Rd'.

What's on around town

International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition: July.

Rodeo: Sept/Oct.

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