As the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, Gloucester, with its picturesque valleys surrounded by rolling hills makes a great base for exploring the beautiful ancient forest. The Gloucester region in the scenic hinterland of the NSW mid-north coast offers everything for everyone.  From bushwalking to kayaking, you’ll discover the diverse beauty and great outdoor adventures which you won’t easily forget.  

 

Here we share the top 10 things to do in one of New South Wales prettiest rural towns.

 

1. Visit the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park

 

Barrington TopsPhoto: Planetware.com

 

Gloucester is the base-camp for visiting the scenic wilderness of the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops. Discover an area of stunning contrasts and beauty within the Gondwana Rainforests. Feel the Gondwanaland Forest with its wild scenic rivers, falls and winter snowcaps. Listen to the lyrebirds at The Firs. Go on camping and bushwalking. Toss a snowball or even walk the dinosaur ghosts in Barrington Tops! There are easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping sites for every traveller's delight.

 

 

 

2.  Go Horse Riding in the Foothills

 

Horse-ridingPhoto: Gloucester Tourism

 

Be mesmerized at the panoramic views and wildlife sightings as you ride a horse at the scenic foothills of Barrington Tops. Let your horse take you to the prettiest river crossings of the Cobark River as you ride the mountain trails and pristine rivers traversed by the legendary bushranger Captain Thunderbolt!

 

3. Visit the Mountain Maid Gold Mine

 

Mountain Maid Gold Mine Photo: NSW National Parks

 

Join a guided tour of the historic Mountain Maid gold mine within Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, just 20 minutes from Gloucester. Be guided through this heritage gold mining precinct hidden deep in the Copeland rainforest that is now protected by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

 

4. Get Fresh Farm Produce at Gloucester Farmers Market

 

Gloucester Farmers MarketPhoto: gloucestertourism.com.au

 

Held every Saturday each month, the Gloucester Farmers Market lets you shop and stock up on locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, honey, olives and olive oils, wines, cut flowers, soaps and much more!

 

 

 

5. Paddle on the Barrington River

 

Barrington RiverPhoto: Gloucester Tourism

 

Go on self-guided or full-guided tours as you paddle your way along the Barrington River with waters coming down from the Barrington Tops. There are easy sections with gently flowing river perfect for beginners and the trickier parts of the river with challenging rapids for the more experienced paddlers.

 

6. Trek the Stunning Gloucester Tops

 

Gloucester TopsPhoto: barringtontopstourism.com.au

 

Hike one of NSW’s best walks and be prepared to get off the beaten track with the sweetest rewards! Gloucester Tops Circuit is the standout 7 km loop as it combines three of the park’s best walks into a manageable 7 km trek. From towering snow gum forests, moss carpets and lovely waterfalls to lively swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos, it’s an exciting experience that is best included as part of a long weekend of 4x4ing, mountain biking and wild swimming in the National Park.

 

7. Listen to Original Bush Poetry in a Cattleyard Arena

 

Bush Poetry ReadingPhoto: Gloucester Tourism

 

Bring a comfy cushion and supper as you listen to original bush poetry by award-winning poets in the all-Aussie arena of the cattle yard. There's nothing better than relaxing around a cattle yard arena and listening to entertaining bush poetry. Bush poetry is metred and rhymed poetry best heard recited rather than read.

 

8. Drive the Bucketts Way and Take the Bucketts Scenic Walk

 

Bucketts Scenic WalkPhoto: planbooktravel.com.au

 

Go on a drive at Bucketts Way, a scenic loop that takes you through pretty towns and villages to dramatic mountain ranges, breathtaking views, beautiful valleys and platypus-filled rivers. This scenic route is popular with motorcycle riders as it provides one of the best road touring experiences in NSW. You can also bushwalk the 2.2-kilometre Bucketts Scenic Trail and see the  Bucketts Mountains from all sides and the beautiful rural landscapes, cross numerous river with excellent picnic spots, and end up in the beautiful riverside park in the centre of Gloucester.

 

 

 

9. Get Up-Close to a Tassie Devil Joey

 

Tassie Devil Joey Photo: Devil Ark

 

Get up-close and personal with some devils, watch the feeding program, enjoy some new-born joeys and be immersed in the devil’s natural habitat by entering the huge free-range enclosures at the Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops. It is the largest conservation breeding program on mainland Australia for the endangered Tasmanian Devil. 

 

10. Trek the Buccan Buccans Scenic Walk

 

Buccan Buccans Photo: Gloucester Tourism

 

Consider the World Atop the Buccan Buccans Scenic Walk. The Buccan Buccans or the Bucketts Mountains are the dramatic rocky outcrops overlooking Gloucester. Climb the first part of this scenic walk on the Buccan Buccans and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views over Gloucester and its peaceful rural valley. But for extraordinary views, you can go upwards and hike all the way to the top of these spectacular rocky mountains.