Parks and Picnic Sites

Gloucester has an enviable selection of scenic parks for picnics, walks, events, family fun time, group celebrations in the open air, or just a doze under a shady tree. Many new residents have fallen in love with Gloucester at one or more of these beautiful spots, so be careful… you may just end up as neighbour!

In town:

Billabong Park
A green and lovely space right in the centre of town on Denison Street. Buy some lunch in town and then relax in the park and enjoy your meal. Shelters, free gas barbecue and toilets available. Famous for hosting the monthly Gloucester Farmers Market. Across the wobbly cable bridge (the kids love it!) you’ll find a skatepark, an awesome kid’s playground, bike riding training zone, plus a large shelter with barbecues that’s suitable for larger groups.

Gloucester District Park
The jewel in the crown of Gloucester’s many parklands! There are many spots here to enjoy a picnic in the Gloucester District Park that stretches from Billabong Park to the shaded banks of the Gloucester River. Check out the Human Sundial and the Minimbah Gardens. The park is famous for the Rubber Duck Races held every Easter Sunday. This riverside park is full of peaceful walks, shady pathways, beautifully blooming shrubs and trees, birds and the quiet babbling of the Gloucester River as it makes its way to join the sea. Toilets and free gas barbecue available. If you haven’t already fallen in love with Gloucester before you made it here, then this park just may seal the deal.

King George V Memorial Park
Situated at the corner of Cook and Ravenshaw Streets in the quiet northern end of town. A calm park with children’s’ playground, picnic tables and toilets. Access to Gloucester River.

Memorial Gardens
A pleasant and intimate green space lined with arbours, flagstones, memorial roses and with stunning views to the Bucketts Mountains. The serenely beautiful clocktower of the war memorial is the park’s crowning glory and can be seen above the trees from the southern approaches to the town centre. This is a lovely little park for quiet contemplation. Famous for dawn service on Anzac Day. Toilet facilities available. Located in Hume Street opposite the veterinary hospital. Take your pooch for a walk.

Ted Woolford Rest Area
(Refer to Town Map & Directory H3)
Located at the southern entrance to the town on the Bucketts Way opposite the golf course. Famous for the anti-coal seam gas Peaceful Vigil of 2014. Established trees provide welcome shade, there’s a large shelter with three tables and seating. Town water, map board. No toilets available but there are some at the Cattle Saleyards on the corner of Cemetery Road, 200 metres back along the Bucketts Way towards town.

Out of town:

Barrington Reserve
A broad grassy expanse by the riverside near the old timber bridge. Proceed along Thunderbolt’s Way through Barrington village and across Barrington River. You’ll see Barrington Reserve on your right as you cross the bridge. Picnic shelter, toilet and wood barbecue available. Camping is allowed, fees apply and must be paid at the Barrington Store in the village.

Bretti Reserve
(Manning Valley Cartoscope Map B2)
A nice camping spot and picnic area at the junction of the Barnard and Manning Rivers. Large open spaces and a free flowing river for a swim. It is approximately 33 kms from Gloucester on sealed road. This is a very popular camping spot in peak periods. Proceed past Gloryvale on Thunderbolt’s Way and turn right into Bretti Reserve as road climbs away from narrow causeway of Little Manning River. Camping and picnic area are on the banks of the Barnard River. Wood barbecue and toilet facilities available, swimming and canoeing.

Faulkland Road on the Gloucester River
(Manning Valley Cartoscope Map B3)
A very scenic drive through rural farming areas close to town, you get to see the southern end of the Bucketts Mountains, up close and personal. There are two pretty picnic areas near the two Gloucester River crossings, each with a sheltered picnic table not far from the water’s edge. If you’re there at dusk, you may just see a platypus. About 10 kms from Gloucester town on the Bucketts Way, heading south towards Newcastle, turn right onto Faulkland Road, follow this road to the river crossings. No toilets available. Care should always be exercised when crossing river fords.

Gloryvale Reserve
(Manning Valley Cartoscope MapB3)
This is another scenic camping spot that’s very popular in peak periods. Proceed along Thunderbolt’s Way through Barrington Village, turn right after crossing Barrington River, then on through Rookhurst, view Gloryvale property on the left before descending to low level bridge over Little Manning River. Gloryvale Reserve is on the right, picnic area is on the banks of the Little Manning River. Wood barbecue and toilet facilities available, plus swimming.

Kia-Ora Lookout
(Manning Valley Cartoscope Map B3)
If a view up-and-down the valley is what you are looking for, then this is a good one. From your picnic table you look 360-degrees across farmland to the mountains surrounding Gloucester. Just 5 minutes drive along Thunderbolts Way, turn right at Bowman Farm Road and turn right again after crossing the Barrington River onto Kia-Ora Road. Wood barbecue and picnic table. No toilet or water.

Mograni Lookout
(Manning Valley Cartoscope MapB3)
This is the lookout that has captured the hearts of visitors for thousands of years, with the most impressive views of the valley and the sacred mountain ranges that lay on either side: Mograni to the left and the Buccan Buccans to the right. When the Europeans finally arrived, this was the view that put the ‘glorious’ into Gloucester and you’ll see down the middle of the Vale of Gloucester is the township. The Buccan Buccans became known as The Bucketts but they still keep vigil over the people and the valley of Gloucester. Can you see the sleeping giant? Best time to get photos is before midday, when the sunlight illuminates the eastern side of the Buccan Buccans.  This view may just convince you to move here, it’s done so for many new residents! Mograni Lookout is next to the roadside on the Bucketts Way at the top of the hill heading towards Taree, just 5 minutes from Gloucester. Picnic tables, wood barbecue and picnic area. No toilets available.

Rocky Crossing
(Manning Valley Cartoscope Map B3)
This is a very picturesque river ford across the broad Barrington River with clear water and small rapids. It’s a popular spot to swim with deep pools plus some shallow area for the kids. Famous for the Gloucester Mountain Man Tri-Challenge, it’s where all the kayaks put in for the river race component of the triathlon event. Situated on Barrington West Road, it is approximately 20 kms from Gloucester.  On your way there, a big bonus is the scenic view of the Bucketts Mountains from the western side, so best time for photos is after midday. Turn left after Barrington Bridge onto Barrington West Road. Toilets available. Caution: Be wary of high water hazards and fast flowing water after rain.

(Manning Valley Cartoscope map A2)
A tranquil picnic and camping area is located on the banks of the Manning River. This offers a totally different picnic experience: if you love the forest and some solitude, this is the place for you alongside the Manning River. It is approximately 32 kms from Gloucester. Proceed along Thunderbolt’s Way through Barrington Village and after crossing the Barrington River turn right onto the road to Nowendoc, continue on through Rookhurst until you come to Curricabark Road and turn left. Continue on until just before the Little Manning River causeway and turn right into the National Park. Wood barbecue, picnic sites, toilets available.