Gloucester is in the picturesque Avon valley, on the Gloucester River. It's an hour's drive inland from Taree and Tuncurry/Forster, not quite 2 hours drive from Newcastle, and 3 hrs drive from both Sydney and Armidale along Thunderbolt's Way. Gloucester is serviced by three Countrylink XPT trains in each direction on the North Coast railway line.
Gloucester is known for its gourmet quality Barrington beef and perch. Gloucester also boasts spectacular mountain views and is adjacent to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park. Gloucester hosts a Farmers Market and an annual Shakespeare in Gloucester Festival. Gloucester Tourism provides a wide range of visitor information.