Gold and adventure
Famous for gold deposits and the colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is near the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. The beautiful wilderness and an enchanting conservation area are ideal for walking, camping and adventure sports.
In a picturesque valley at the junction of the Avon, Gloucester and Barrington rivers, Gloucester is a great base for adventure activities and tours. Explore the beautiful World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park and discover a gold mine in the Copeland Tops State Conservation Area.
The spectacular wilderness and mountain ranges near Gloucester were used by the colonial bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, aka Frederick Ward, to hide. Thunderbolts lookout in the Barrington Tops in named after Ward, who was known as the gentleman’s bushranger.
Learn more about the colonial times in which Captain Thunderbolt lived at the Gloucester Museum, which has artefacts dating back to 1826. Gold fever struck in 1876 when the precious metal was discovered. Visit the Mountain Maid gold mine with the guided Copeland Historic Gold Mine Tour.
Barrington Outdoor Adventures offers tours into the World Heritage area, including a five-day walking tour as well as kayaking, cycling and abseiling adventures. You can also test your cycling skills at The Steps Mountain Bike Park, which has purpose-built trails and a special area for kids.
Accommodation options in and around Gloucester range from luxury retreats and holiday cottages to motels, farm stays, holiday parks and campgrounds. The charming town is a few hours’ drive north of Sydney and accessible by train. The verdant countryside in the Barrington Tops area grows a range of delicious produce, which you can buy at the monthly Gloucester Farmers Market.