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Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Gloucester is a pretty country town adjacent to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park.

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Location

Gloucester is 26 km (3 hr 10 min drive) north of Sydney. It is 120 km (1 hr 45 min drive) from Newcastle and 77 km (60 min drive) from Taree.

Gloucester is well known for its top-quality produce including Barrington beef and perch, gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt who the road from Gloucester to Inverell is named after - Thunderbolt's Way.

How to get there

The closest airport is Taree Airport, just less than 60 min drive north of Gloucester. FlyPelican offers daily direct services to Sydney and regular weekly services to Newcastle.

Newcastle Airport is 90 min drive south of Gloucester, a number of carriers service Newcastle AIrport and there are daily services to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Gloucester is situated on the North Coast railway line. There are regular TrainLink services via the North Coast XPT from Sydney to Gloucester.

Population

Gloucester is home to more than 2,300 people, the median age of residents is 50 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 11% of the population.

Gloucester is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of population health for the primary health network area.

Healthcare facilities

Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is an 80-bed campus containing a mixture of acute, residential aged care and community outreach services. Services include 24-hour emergency, medical, surgical, palliative care, birthing, limited paediatrics, X-ray and physiotherapy. Day only general surgery and ophthalmic (eye) surgery is also provided. Residential aged care is currently provided over three sections on the campus (both high care and low care.

Community Health offers a range of community-based and outreach care to the Gloucester community and surrounding outlying areas.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Gloucester.

Accredited GP practices

  • Gloucester MediCo
  • Gloucester Primary Care Clinic

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Gloucester are hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), supermarket and grocery stores, local government administration, cafes and restaurants, and secondary education.
  • Education

Gloucester has two primary schools and one high school: Gloucester Public SchoolSt Joseph’s Primary School and Gloucester High School.
  • Childcare

Gloucester offers young families a few options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for family day care, occasional care, long day care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Gloucester has Woolworths, Foodworks and IGA supermarkets, and numerous boutique retail stores. Taree, 60 min drive away, has many well-known national chains including Coles, Target, Woolworths, Big W, Katies, Noni B, Millers, Strandbags, cafés and restaurants, and a range of specialty shops.
  • Places of worship

In Gloucester there are places of worship for a range of Christian denominations including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian.  The nearest mosque is in Newcastle, 95 min drive from Gloucester.
  • Points of interest

Gloucester is a great base for bushwalking, fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, horse riding, mountain bike riding and camping. It is the closest town to the Barrington Tops National Park, home to high altitude ancient rainforests, waterfalls and exhilarating mountain views. There are also local wineries and museums. Events Gloucester lists many things happening in the area.
  • Sporting activities

Gloucester has many social and sporting clubs. It has an olympic and hydrotherapy pool, tennis courts, and skate park. Sports include karate, tennis, bowling, archery, bushwalking, netball, rugby, soccer, and cricket. The Gloucester Advocate has a page dedicated to local sport.
  • Community groups and activities

A listing of community and service groups in Gloucester including the Rotary Club and the Lions Club is available at Community Information Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Gloucester. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Gloucester AdvocateGloucester New South Wales Community Notice BoardDestination Barrington Coast and Gloucester NSW and surrounding area's: Buy Sell Swap Page.