Many people go caravanning or camping simply because they love Mother Nature and viewing all the marvellous scenery she provides. You can really get back to nature in some of the camping areas around Gloucester, just 3 hours north of Sydney.
Gloucester is a small town with a big heart and the people are warm and friendly. There are several events scheduled that make for an interesting holiday.
Events to Watch Out for in Gloucester
In winter, there is Chill-Out Day where the main streets are cordoned off to allow for many stalls and fun activities. There is also the popular Flicks in the Sticks, and Poetry at the Saleyard, not to mention country and western music festivals at various times such as Easter.
There is a family-friendly caravan park located next to the public swimming pool and just a few minutes’ walk from the town. But many people who like to truly get back to nature choose other nearby locations for which the town is a base. Some of them are even free.
Free and Affordable Caravan Parks In and Around Gloucester
Barrington is basically a suburb of Gloucester with caravan sites in the bush at Poley’s Place, where the country music events are held.
Gloucester River Campground, 38km south-west of Gloucester is an affordable choice where the only traffic you will hear is your own. This is located on the east side of Barrington Tops National Park and has many shady places near to the river where you can park your Goldstream RV.
You can swim in the river and explore walking tracks while watching for the wildlife that can often be seen during the daylight hours. Be prepared – bring your own water supply for drinking, food preparation and washing up. While you can use the river for bathing, soap, shampoo and detergents are not allowed, as these will damage the fragile ecosystem.
For free camping and the music of bellbirds, choose Gloryvale Reserve, 23 km north of Gloucester. Even though it is right beside Thunderbolts Way, traffic is very minimal, especially at night. Again, there is no water, so if you use water from the small creek, be sure to boil it for ten minutes first.
Copeland Reserve is another camping area where you will enjoy the sound of bellbirds and nature at its best. It is 15 km west of Gloucester and there used to be a working gold mine there. It is closed now, but there could still be some gold around. Just 7 years ago a child found a nugget in the river.
There are many other similar sites in the area. As Gloucester is considered to be in the foothills of the Barrington Tops and Gloucester Tops mountains, the areas can be hilly to steep, but still okay for your Goldstream RV and even for 2WD vehicles unless there has been heavy rain or snow in the mountains.