"Not only tidy, but nice as well" Gloucester by iandsmith

Gloucester Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 81 photos

Country living in the dream lane

Love this spot. I've been coming through here for years. Don't spend enough time here if the truth's known.
Gloucester is now on a scenic route. That usually means that grey nomads and old farts like myself take the time out to visit. Fortunately for Gloucester, it does attract others. Four wheel drivers, nature lovers and rural retreat people can be found here as well.
It's situated at the base of and on the eastern side of Barrington Tops, a legendary plateau that rises to just over 5,000 feet. This means that water is usually fairly reliable. Even during drought times the Gloucester area may suffer but never as badly as towns further inland.
Lush is a word often conjured up when Gloucester is discussed. Rolling hills and verdant fields form a glorious backdrop to this town and, the further north west you head, the better it gets.
The town also has entered several times in a contest called "Tidy Towns" which encourages rural communites and cities to spruce up their backyard so to speak. That Gloucester won it once comes as no surprise, it's that sort of place. In point of fact, against all comers across Australia, it won the inaugural award in 1981.
Since then, they have categorized the award and Gloucester won another section in 2006. Personally, I think they should be justly proud.
There are three licensed clubs where entertainment is often scheduled and almost every palate is catered for in our extensive choice of eating houses and dining outlets.
Gloucester hosts a variety of events among which are the Shakespeare on Avon Festival, the Blackmore’s Mountain Man Tri Challenge that involves bike/canoe/climbing the Bucketts, The Gloucester Ceilidh, Rodeos and Country Music camps. Community markets are held on the Saturday of each long weekend.

Where to stay

This is the river beside one of the places you can camp for free at, it's called Gloryvale. There are others at Bretti Reserve and Copeland.

View from the trail

This is typical of the scenery you can expect when you go walking in the forests around Gloucester. It's hard not to like!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Gorgeous scenery, access to Barrington plateau, wonderful park
  • In a nutshell:Much more scenic going via the Bucketts Way than the Pacific Highway
  • Last visit to Gloucester: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Aug 28, 2009
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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 7:14 AM

    Lovely...rural...clean...pure...fresh....truly beautiful.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Loved the beautiful River country photographs as well as the vegetations. The hotel looks quite adequate. Another enjoyable page with star-quality.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 5:53 AM

    Your fascinating commentary and excellent photos make me wish I were there.

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2006 at 4:54 AM

    Not visited Tallangatta (& I know how to pronounce it peroperly) yet, but we are driving sth 2morrow via the Bucketts Way so thought I would check Gloucester out fist. Fascinating info and excellent pics!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 4:14 AM

    5-Star stuff yourself Ian!! You have some absolutely beaut photos here of this very scenic part of Australia! I only wish that I had had more time to explore your lovely country while I was in the neighbourhood.

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