Gloucester River

Gloucester River (/ˈɡlɒstər/ (listen) GLOS-tər), a perennial river and major tributary of the Manning River catchment, is located in the Mid North Coast hinterland New South Wales, Australia.

Gloucester River
Upper reaches of the Gloucester River, at Gloucester Falls, within Barrington Tops National Park, 1997.
StateNew South Wales
IBRANSW North Coast
DistrictUpper Hunter
Local government areaDungog, Mid-Coast Council
Physical characteristics
SourceGloucester Tops, Great Dividing Range
  locationnorth northwest of Dungog
  elevation1,190 m (3,900 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Manning River
west of Wingham
38 m (125 ft)
Length102 km (63 mi)
Basin features
River systemManning River catchment
  leftBarrington River, Bowman River
  rightBerrico Creek, Buggs Creek, Sandy Creek (Upper Hunter, New South Wales), Avon River
National parkBarrington Tops

Course and features

Gloucester River rises within Gloucester Tops, on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, south east of Gloucester, and flows generally east northeast, joined by six tributaries including the Avon, Barrington, and Bowman rivers, before reaching its confluence with the Manning River, west of Wingham. The river descends 1,150 metres (3,770 ft) over its 102 kilometres (63 mi) course.[1]

The headwaters of the river originate in the World Heritage Barrington Tops region, flowing through the Barrington Tops National Park comprising Antarctic Beech and Southern Sassafras high altitude rainforest. In the middle and lower reaches, the river flows through subtropical rainforest that includes Red Cedar and Rosewood trees.

See also


  1. "Map of Gloucester River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 16 March 2013.

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