Nestled in the green Karuah Valley, Stroud is classified by the National Trust due to its convict-era buidlings.
Stroud is 215 km (2 hr 40 min drive) north of Sydney and 75 km (70 min drive) north of Newcastle.
Home to some of the oldest buildings in NSW, the original town of Stroud was built in the early 1800s by a convict workforce.
The closest airport is Newcastle Airport, which is a 53 km drive from Stroud. The airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican and Regional Express. Destinations include Canberra, Ballina/Byron Bay, Dubbo, Taree, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, and Auckland (NZ). There are daily services to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Stroud is serviced by North West TrainLink coaches and trains from Newcastle and Sydney.
Stroud is home to more than 700 people, the median age of residents is 46 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 8% of the population.
Stroud is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides a health profile for the area.
Dungog Community Hospital is 25 min drive from Stroud. It is a rural community hospital providing emergency, medical, postsurgical and post-natal care inpatient services as well as slow stream rehabilitation and enablement.
Gloucester Soldiers Memorial Hospital, 35 min drive from Stroud, is an 80-bed facility which consists of a 20-bed acute ward, 15-bed aged care transitional ward, 25-bed nursing home and a 20-bed hostel. The hospital has a 24-hour emergency department, medical, surgical, palliative care, limited obstetrics, limited paediatrics, x-ray and physiotherapy services.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Stroud.