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Gloucester is a rural community located in a fertile valley bordered by the Bucketts and Mograni Ranges to the East and West; 2 ½ hours north of Sydney, 1 ¾ hours north of Newcastle and an hour west of Taree, Gloucester township is surrounded by 3,000 sq kms of rugged terrain incorporating farm land,hills, forests, river sand streams. Gloucester Shire is located in the north-eastern section of the Hunter Region of New South Wales (Manning Sub-region) and borders five other local government areas: Great Lakes, Dungog, Scone, Walcha and the Greater Taree City Council.
The township of Gloucester is the major commercial and urban centre of the Shire. The main shopping centre, commercial and light industrial areas are located in Gloucester Township, together with Council's Administration Centre, Gloucester Hospital and the main schools.
A number of important river systems dissect the region from west to east, rising in the Barrington Tops, a world heritage listed wilderness area and flowing eastward to the sea via the Manning River.
The three principal rivers within Gloucester Shire are:
- Avon River
- Barrington River, and
- Gloucester River
Gloucester Council, although generally included with the Hunter Region for administrative functions, is also part of the Mid North Coast Region for many Federal Government services such as Centrelink, Valuer General (VG) (State) and many Federal funding Programs.
Within Gloucester Shire there are five small Villages:
The village of Barrington to the north-west of Gloucester is growing in population and housing numbers while the other villages are static or declining. The towns of Wards River and Stroud, although part of the Great Lakes Council,often associate with the Gloucester area for shopping, schools and medical facilities; due to their close geographic proximity.
· Gloucester is 100 m above sea level
· Average rainfall is 985 mm per annum
· Average maximum temperature - 24.5 degrees Celsius
· Average minimum temperature - 10.5 degrees Celsius
· Highest temperatures occur generally in December, January, February, when average maximum is around 30 degrees Celsius, and
· Lowest average minimum around 2 degrees Celsius occurs at the end of June.
Tourism and the Gloucester Visitors Information Centre
The Gloucester Visitor Information Centre handles the daily walk-in, phone and email enquiries and provides a current, comprehensive website promoting events and providing accommodation information. Typical information requested covers fishing, bushwalking, hiking, canoeing, scenic drives, National Parks & Wildlife, farm trails and other activities.
Tourism accommodation ranges from farmstay, bed & breakfast, motels, hotels and country retreats through to luxury resort style accommodation. The Visitor Centre provides a free accommodation booking service and is open 7 days a week, 364 days of the year! The Centre can be contacted by telephoning 02 6558 1408 or by email. The Gloucester Tourism website is located at visitGloucester.com.au.
For further information about Gloucester Shire, contact:
Gloucester Shire Council
P – 02 6538 5250
F – 02 6558 2343
Office Hours 9.00am – 4.00pm
Roads and Maritime Services 10.00am – 4.00pm