The Legendary Pacific Coast
Rediscovering our own backyard – Many of our readers’ requests for destination features are directed towards international journeys. And while we never tire of exploring the world, we sometimes need to refresh our easily reached local experiences.
Looking through our recent press releases, we came across a newer concept – The Legendary Pacific Coast Touring Guide (LPC). Although covering the coast between Sydney and Brisbane, it is divided into easy sections.
To quote the preface ‘Our touring guide showcases the legendary coastal and hinterland destinations and towns across the Central Coast, Hunter, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers’.
The Guide is compact and easy to follow and there is a free IPhone app available**.
** Download the free app: http://pacificcoast.com.au/iphone
So it doesn't take too long to form a travel plan. Travelling from Sydney, we decide to head to Port Macquarie via Gloucester, Nabiac and Wingham. Then back to Sydney via Wauchope, Coopernook, Pacific Palms, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace and Newcastle.
Gloucester and surrounds - World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park is 60km west of Gloucester is accessible via the Gloucester Tops Road and the Barrington Tops Forest Drive. Panoramic Scenery, waterfalls, walking tracks picnic and camping areas. An abundance of wildlife and birdlife.
Copeland State Conservation Area is18 km from Gloucester. Incorporates the Mountain Maid Goldmine, boardwalk, rainforest walks, interpretive boards, BBQ and picnic areas.
The town is bounded to the west by a range of monolithic hills called The Bucketts -from the aboriginal word Buchan Buchan meaning Big Rocks, and to the east by the Mograni Range. To the north of the town lies the junction of the Avon, Gloucester and Barrington rivers and beyond is a backdrop of hills and valleys stretching into the distance.
An easy drive along the Pacific Highway and then along the scenic Bucketts Way, has us in Gloucester for a late lunch. We park right outside the award winning Roadies Café, which had been recommended to us. The aromas of the kitchen and the wood fired ovens were very welcoming. The menu is driven by the available fresh ingredients. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful and the food delicious. www.roadiescafe.com.au
Taking a walk after lunch we came across the Perenti Café, a few doors down the street.
Perenti is well noted not only for its meals, but also for their selection of home-made preserves, condiments, jams and sauces. www.perenti.com.au
Gloucester is also the gateway to the World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park and the National Parks and Wildlife office is also in Church Street, where we collect all the maps and information we need, to allow us to gain the maximum benefit from our short visit. Guided tours are also available.
The Gondwana Rainforests of this Australian World Heritage Area are stunning. Most of the park is declared wilderness, with wild and scenic rivers and winter snowcaps. A range of interesting and inspiring walks feature Antarctic beech forests, snow gum woodlands, tall eucalypt forests, high-altitude swamp and beautiful waterfalls. Wheelchair access is provided at Devils Hole lookout and the Williams River picnic area. Car-based camping is available at numerous camping spots.
Accommodation – No shortage of choices in the area, but we chose a name, ‘A Room with a View’ Bed and Breakfast, and what a delight!
“A Room with a View” Bed and Breakfast provides comfortable accommodation for discerning travellers on the eastern side of glorious Gloucester Township. In addition to The original Kandy Suite with its queen bedroom, luxurious bathroom and private sitting room, the also offer the Aliya Room; a bed/sitting room with ensuite bathroom – perfect for overnight and business visits.
Owners Jim and Sue de Silva, have been active in tourism in the Gloucester district since 1998. “A Room with a View” allows them to share their passion for Gloucester and the beautiful Barrington Tops with guests, in a peaceful and relaxing environment.
Gourmet breakfasts are served on the verandah or in your room or suite. Delicious evening meals showcase the wonderful local produce and the mouth-watering cuisine of Jim’s Sri Lankan birthplace.
Jim and Sue had owned one of the most successful restaurants and catering businesses in Gloucester, so we took the option of sharing a home cooked dinner with them. A genuine gourmet delight.
Ducted air conditioning, wireless internet service and friendly service top off the experience.
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