Gloucester swimming – Gloucester River

The Gloucester River is formed at a series of cascades at Gloucester Falls high in Barrington Tops. The headwaters are cloaked in groves of tree ferns, snow gums & Antarctic Beech trees in a landscape direct from ancient Gondwanaland.

The Gloucester River descends 1,150 metres over its 102 kilometres before ending where it meets the Manning River near Wingham. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly swimming with easy 2WD access close to Gloucester

For easy summertime swimming on the Gloucester River, try:
a) In Gloucester District Park on Thunderbolts Way, between the caravan park & the bridge;
b) At the concrete causeways across the Gloucester River at Stantons Lane, Faulkland Road or Barrington West Road (all at Faulkland). Caution: there is very limited parking at these locations & the crossings can be busy during holiday periods so beware of vehicles. 

For a private river experience there are several accommodation choices located alongside the Gloucester River. Self-contained holiday cabins & cottages include Roseleigh CottageCockadilly & Mudaridge. Riverside camping is available at the NPWS Gloucester River Campground (within the national park) or the Gloucester Holiday Park (in the town centre)

SAFETY TIP: The water upstream of the concrete causeways at river crossings is generally deeper & slower than the water downstream which is generally rockier & faster. But always check water levels before swimming. (see more safety tips below)

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• HOW: For swimming around Gloucester & Barrington Tops pick up a swimming brochure at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre or download the brochure here.
• COST: Free
• CONTACT: Pick up a free map at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre at 27 Denison Street. Call 6538 5252

Swimming safety tips:

Remember to always check the water for hazards and snags, especially after rainfall events.

Never ever dive into any water, unless you’re in the swimming lanes at the Olympic Pool.

Take care of slippery river stones at all our rivers & waterways, suitable aqua shoes are recommended.

Always supervise your children while swimming.

Watch out for vehicle traffic at concrete causeway river crossings.

And please take all your rubbish with you.