Day Trips

For total relaxation one can observe the natural beauty that surrounds from the indoor comfort of the architecturally designed residence, or from the wide balconies or from the garden. With regards to activities and mild adventure, one need not go further than the property itself. Whether platypus spotting or birdwatching, swimming or canoeing; it’s all at your fingertips. There are many tracks on or nearby the property to explore on foot or by four wheel drive.

The property is adjacent to the Chichester State Forest located in the Lower Barrington Tops where many walks and 4wd tracks are available for the more adventurous.

Barrington Tops – Drives and Bush Walks

Distance: From 45 minutes

One of the Barrington Tops entry points

One of the Barrington Tops entry points

There are many 4wd drive and bush walks in the Barrington Tops area. Indeed it is possible to begin exploring the bush from River Rocks with a 4WD crossing of the Karuah River and then off in different directions either toward the mountains or toward the town of Gloucester.

“I love escaping to the dramatic landscape of Barrington Tops, the rainforests totally immerse you.”

The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.

The park is a bush walker’s paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening.

For those visiting for the day, there are lots of picnic and barbecue areas to enjoy, cycling trails to be explored and views from the park’s lookouts that need to be seen to be believed. Fishing is a popular activity in the park between October and May; you might catch a rainbow or brown trout. …more from NSW National Parks

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Barrington Tops images below courtesy of Tourism New South Walesmore

Historic Country Townships


Distance: 40 minute drive

Coffee Bean Cafe Dungog

Dungog Coffee Bean Cafe

Its an attractive forty minute drive to the Dungog township as a outing or to replenish supplies. There are restaurants, cafes and clubs for food or bars.

The traditional owners of the area now known as Dungog are the Gringai clan of the Wonnarua people, a group of indigenous people of Australia.

By 1825 Robert Dawson had named the Barrington area, while surveyor Thomas Florance named the Chichester River in 1827. Two years later George Boyle White explored the sources of the Allyn and Williams Rivers. Grants along the Williams followed to men such as Duncan Mackay, John Verge, James Dowling (later Chief Justice of NSW) and others, who, with their assigned convicts, began clearing land and building houses around a district that was by the early 1830s centred on a small settlement first known as Upper William. With a Court of Petty Sessions in 1833 and gazetted in 1838 as the village of Dungog (a local Gringai word), it had a court house, lockup and an increasing number of inns, shops and houses.  …more from Wikipedia

also see: Dungog Website


Distance: 45 minute drive

Gloucester Markets

Gloucester Farmers Markets

Gloucester is a similar size to Dungog but has more in the way or cafe and restaurant selections. It has a Woolworths supermarket and a great atmosphere.

Gloucester, a town in dairy and beef cattle country, is located in Gloucester Shire, within the Manning district on the Mid North Coast of the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Gloucester is situated on the North Coast railway line and can be accessed from the southeast from Newcastle, located 145 kilometres (90 mi) via the Bucketts Way, or from the north via Thunderbolts Way. Gloucester River flows adjacent to the town, just above its junction with the Avon River.

At the 2011 census, Gloucester had a population of 2,336 people. …more from Wikipedia

Also see: Gloucester Website


Distance: 55 minute drive

Stroud Pub

Stroud Pub

Traveling east from River Rocks can take you to the Bucketts Way turn left to Gloucester or right to pass though the village of Stroud Road and then on to Stroud. There’s a pub cafes and general store, along with a quirky gift/craft store.

Stroud is a small country town one hour north of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Great Lakes Council area. The major road through Stroud is the Bucketts Way. At the 2006 census, Stroud had a population of 669.

The township of Stroud can trace its beginning back to the late 1820s when it became the headquarters for a public funded company known as the Australian Agricultural Company (A. A. Company). In 1824, this company received a grant of one million acres (4,000 km²) of land between Port Stephens and the Manning River. This land was to be used for agriculture. …more from Wikipedia

Also see: Stroud Community Website

Hunter Wine Country

Distance: 2.5 hour drive

 Leogate Estate, Hunter Valley (courtesy TNSW)

Leogate Estate, Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s best known wine regions. Located in the state of New South Wales, the region has played a pivotal role in the history of Australian wine as one of the first wine regions planted in the early 19th century.[1] Hunter Valley Semillon is widely considered the iconic wine of the region but the Hunter produces wine from a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho. … more from Wikipedia

Also see: Hunter Valley Wine Country

Nelson Bay

Distance: 2.2 hour drive

Marina, Nelson Bay (courtesy TNSW)

Marina, Nelson Bay

It is well worth a trip to Nelson Bay. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are seasonal and beautiful Tomaree has an abundance of bush walks and picnic areas.

Nelson Bay is a suburb of the Port Stephens local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on a bay of the same name on the southern shore of Port Stephens about 60 kilometres (37 mi) by road north-east of Newcastle, its nearest rail link.[6] At the 2011 census, Nelson Bay had a population of 5,396. It is a major tourism centre, particularly for dolphin and whale watching, surfing, diving, fishing and other recreational aquatic activities. …more from Wikipedia

Great Lakes

Distance: 2.5 hours drive

Boat beach, Seal Rocks, Great Lakes (courtesy TNSW)

Boat beach, Seal Rocks, Great Lakes

Great Lakes Council is a local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is situated adjacent to the shores of Port Stephens, Myall Lakes and Wallis Lake and the Pacific Highway and the Lakes Way.

The Great Lakes is home to the globally significant, Ramsar Convention listed Myall Lakes wetlands. These wetlands are an important foundation for the economies of the suburbs of the Great Lakes Council Local Government Area, particularly the recreational fisheries and tourism sectors. …more from Wikipedia

Also see: Great Lakes Online