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Mansfield Barrington Country Holiday ExperienceEnquiries

Introduction

* WELCOME TO MANSFIELD COTTAGE COUNTRY HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

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* FOR "PRICES & AVAILABILITY CALENDAR" SEE LINK AT TOP OF THIS PAGE

Welcome

G'day and a warm welcome from your "Mansfield" Cottage Hosts, Rick & Jill Perram.

Please accept our invitation to come and share the "Magic Of Mansfield", we cater for all;

Lovers seeking the peace & tranquillity

Families looking to bond with quality time

Small Groups after action and excitement or just a break

"Mansfield" is just 3 hours North of Sydney, 1 & 1/2 hours North of Newcastle, all on tar sealed roads.

We are only 30 mins from the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness.

The "Mansfield" property has been owned and operated by four generations of the Perram Family, originally operating as a Dairy and Beef Farm, from the 1800s. On display at "Mansfield", is a Christmas card from my Great Grandfather & Great

Grandmother for Christmas 1913.

In September 2002, The "Mansfield" Cottage was converted into Holiday Accommodation and enjoys a very successful role in the local tourism industry.

The comfortable, traditional, 3 bedroom farmhouse cottage is located in the picturesque Barrington River Valley and just 150m from the Barrington River. This river is well know for it's canoeing, swimming, fishing and tubeing activities, as well as a great location for bird & fauna watching - seeking the shy and elusive platypus is very popular.

Booked guests have sole use of the cottage and surroundings.

Modern conveniences (sorry no dishwasher or clothes dryer), together with reverse cycle airconditioning and slow combustion fire ensure your all season comfort.

We comfortably sleep 7 people (2 x 2 Doubles - 3 x Singles) with mattresses for an extra 3 people.

Just bring your own food and drinks, remember all linen, towels and even soap are provided - with our fully equipped kitchen and laundry, what could be easier.

At "Mansfield", we've brought back the old fashioned country hospitality, all your beds prepared, all linen and towels provided, your welcoming cuppa - the only thing missing is YOU!!!!!

What Do Our Guests Say?

Who better to ask then the guests who have enjoyed "Mansfield Magic", just click on the Guestbook Prompt in the top left margin and check out their comments.

These comments from recent guests....

"Just thought I would add my thoughts to John's email. We really had a great time and loved Mansfield. The weather didn't deter us at all and we managed to get to Thunderbolt's Lookout on the Saturday and Cat took some beaut pictures of the mist!!

Prior to going up the mountain we visited the Farmer's Market which we enjoyed too. Sadly, we had to leave after only a couple of days but we would certainly like to come again, either in the winter for a winter stay or in the spring.

Thank you again for making our stay so enjoyable.

Best regards to you both."

"Thanks for a very enjoyable & unique stay. We tried to leave the home as we found it.

You have thought of every thing... we look forward to next time.

Thanks again."

Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness

"Mansfield" is the gateway to the glorious untouched heartland of the Barrington Tops (The Tops) World Heritage Wilderness, just 30 minutes away. You will be enticed by the many delightful, self drive tours and hikes detailed at "Mansfield".

A trip to the Gloucester River Falls (Gloucester Tops) is highly recommended, click on the Information Page at the bottom of this page for more Details, Information and Pictures.

Whilst in winter, if you are fortunate for the Tops to experience a winter snowfall, a trip to the Barrington Tops is just fantastic, click on the Information Page at the bottom of this page for more Details, Information and Pictures.

"Mansfield"

Although "Mansfield" is just 100m above sea level, the contrasts of the seasons are tremendous, from a summer high average of 24.5c (maximums of +30c) down to a cool winter low average of minus 2c (minimums of below -4c can occur).

As you can imagine, with these changes the seasons of Autumn & Spring are fantastic.

Climate

"Mansfield" has four distinct seasons with the contrasts being very spectacular.

  • We are just 100m above sea level
  • Average rainfall is 985mm (40 inches) pa
  • Average maximum temperature - 24.5 degrees Celsius
  • Average minimum temperature - 10.5 degrees Celsius
  • Highest temperatures occur generally in December, January & February, when average maximum is around 30 degrees Celsius (maximums of 40c+ can occur)
  • Lowest average minimum is around 2c occurs at the end of June (minimums of less than minus 8c can occur)

Check Out These Specials;

  • FREE NIGHT - WEEKDAY SPECIAL
  • 50% STANDBY RATES

For full details click on "Specials" below.

What to do, how's this for a start;

  • Whitewater Canoeing
  • Tandem Skydiving
  • Horse Riding
  • Tours & Hikes
  • Exploring the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness
  • Relaxing Body Massage
  • National Parks Discovery Guided Tours
  • Watching for Platypus, Koalas, Wombats, Kangaroos, Wallabies and this just scratches the surface of the many Fauna & Flora abounding the Barrington Tops Areas
  • Fishing
  • Bicycle Touring
  • 4 Wheel Drive Tours
  • Golf - 3 courses within 45 minutes
  • Cafes, Restaurants, Takeaways & Clubs just minutes away at Barrington & Gloucester
  • Mountain Maid Goldmine
  • Gloucester Town Heritage Walk
  • Events - Snowfest / Gloucester Mountain Tri Challenge / Flix in the Styx / Shakespeare on Avon Festival
  • And Heaps More - Check out the Gloucester Calendar Of Events - www.gloucester.org.au then click "events"

To ensure the comfort and pleasure of all, "Mansfield" remains;

Smoke free inside the cottage

No Animals or Pets

No Motor Bike Riding

LINKS

Canoe Barrington - click here for more information
Camp Cobark Horseriding - click here for more information
Bureau of Meterology - click here for Weather Information
Gloucester Information Centre - click here for more information

Other Recommended Holiday Accommodation

Peacehaven Cottages - click here for more information
Gloucester Art House - click here for more information
Never Never Lodge - click here for more information

"MANSFIELD" - Come Explore & Enjoy

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Barrington Tops Accommodation - Visit Dungog and Gloucester: Mansfield Barrington Country Holiday Experience - Enjoy your visit.

PRICES & AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

PRICES & AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

Click Here To Open Our Availability Calendar

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PRICES & TARIFFS

PER NIGHT TARIFF

* Minimum Booking - 1 night 2 people

* Minimum Weekend Booking 2 nights 2 people

* Minimum Long Weekend Booking 3 nights 2 people

* Minimum School Holidays Booking 2 nights 2 people

* $150 first two people
* $40 each additional adult
* $15 for children under 14 yrs
* Children under 2 yrs - Free

 

WEEKLY TARIFF SPECIAL

* $550 for 2 people

* $ 22 each additional adult per night

* $ 5 each additional child under 14 yrs per night

* Children under 2 yrs - Free

* Excludes School Holidays, Long Weekends, Public Holidays & All Other Specials

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Please confirm your booking with a 50% deposit within 7 days of booking.

Remainder required 10 days prior to arrival.

Payment by cheque, direct account deposit or cash acceptable.

SEE FREE NIGHT & 50% STANDBY SPECIALS BELOW

All prices include GST

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SAVE $$$$$$$

FREE NIGHT SPECIAL

STAY 2 NIGHTS - 3RD NIGHT FREE!

The Following Conditions Apply

* Monday To Thursday ONLY

(This also includes FREE Night)

* Minimum Two Nights Two Adults

* Excludes School Holidays, Public Holidays

and Long Weekends.

* Excludes STANDBY Tariff

* Subject to Cottage Availability

* Excludes Weekly Tariff

* Excludes Ebay Auction Holidays and Additional Days

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Please confirm your booking with a 50% deposit within 7 days of booking.

Remainder required 10 days prior to arrival.

Payment by cheque, direct account deposit or cash acceptable.

All prices include GST

STANDBY RATES

50% Discount On per Night Rate

Conditions Apply

* Minimum 2 Nights 2 Adults

* Must Be Fully Paid And Holiday Commenced Within 7 Days

* Excludes School Holidays, Public Holidays

and Long Weekends

* Excludes Mid-week Special

* Subject to Cottage Availability

* Excludes Weekly Tariff

* Tariff paid by Cash or direct to our Bank Account

* Excludes Ebay Auction Holidays and Additional Days

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refund of any Tariffs paid, due to cancellations, is at the sole discretion of your "Mansfield" Hosts.

As a General Rule, Tariffs are not refunded within 30 days of commencement of holidays. Prior to 30 days Tariffs may be refunded less a $ 30 cancellation fees.

"MANSFIELD" - Come Explore & Enjoy

HOW TO GET HERE

MANSFIELD

406 Barrington East Rd
BARRINGTON NSW 2422

Cottage Ph # 02 65 584 208

(Incoming & Local Outgoing Calls Only)

HOW TO FIND US

"Mansfield" borders the Hunter & Mid North Coast Regions and is situated on the eastern boundary of the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness.

We are able to be reached on all tar sealed roads, from Newcastle, Sydney (South) and Brisbane (North).

Please remember that they are Country Roads, they deserve respect and care at all times. If leaving late in the evening, please take the necessary breaks on your journey.

"Mansfield" is;

* 3 hours North of Sydney

* 1 hour West (inland) of Taree

* 2 hours South East Of Tamworth.

The "Mansfield" Farmhouse Cottage is located in the picturesque Barrington River Valley and just 150m from the Barrington River.

We are 4 kms South of Barrington and 8 kms from Gloucester.

Please see detailed information below and refer to the following map.

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

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Turn LEFT off the Pacific Highway 16 km North of Raymond Terrace at the Bucketts Way, (remember if travelling from Sydney to Newcastle take the Freeway - Newcastle is bypassed), continue to Gloucester.

At Gloucester, drive through main street and turn left at Roundabout to "Scone".

Travel 8 km to Barrington. (be careful of the Speed Bumps at Gloucester River Bridge, just out of Gloucester), after the Petrol station at Barrington, turn left into the Barrington East Rd.

"Mansfield" is just a further 4 km on the RIGHT HAND SIDE, look for # 406 and our Large Reflective Sign on the White Paling Entrance.

 

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

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FROM BRISBANE (NORTH)

Travel to Taree, use 2nd Taree Exit (Road #2)

travel straight through all roundabouts (you don't go into Taree) and proceed to Gloucester.

At Gloucester, follow signs to "Scone" drive straight through roundabout.

Travel 8 km to Barrington. (be careful of the Speed Bumps at Gloucester River Bridge, just out of Gloucester), after the Petrol station at Barrington, turn left into the Barrington East Rd.

"Mansfield" is just a further 4 km on the RIGHT HAND SIDE, look for # 406 and our Large Reflective Sign on the White Paling Entrance.

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

FROM TAMWORTH (NORTH WEST)

On the Tamworth end of this trip, there this about 20km of gravel road.

The trip runs through some absolutely stunning scenery and a stop at the Carsons Pioneer lookout is a must - picnic site & toilets available.

There are some steep climbs and descents, please use "low gear" on the descents to avoid "Cooking" your breaks.

Travel towards Uralla on the New England Highway, just before you leave Tamworth turn RIGHT towards "Dungowan", through Niangala turn towards Nowendoc (don't go into the Nowendoc Village)proceed towards Gloucester, along Thunderbolts Way.

After nearly 2 hours, you will cross the Barrington River, across a Historic Large Wooden Bridge, well above the river bed.

1 km after this is the Barrington Village, just as you pass the 50 km Speed Signs, turn RIGHT into the Barrington East Rd.

"Mansfield" is just a further 4 km on the RIGHT HAND SIDE, look for # 406 and our Large Reflective Sign on the White Paling Entrance.

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

FROM DUBBO (WEST)

There are 2 options when travelling from Dubbo (West).

OPTION A -

Allow 5+ Hours

This is the direct route, Tourist Drive 29, it is a beautiful trip through some great country but has at least 3 to 4 hours of solid dirt road, at times reducing to single lane, together with steep climbs and descents.

Travel from Dubbo, to Dunedoo, Cassills, Merriwa then Scone.

At Scone, proceed towards Muswellbrook, towards the outskirts of Scone, turn LEFT at the sign to Gloucester.

This road will then take you over the Barrington Tops and through the "Dingo Gate" (established to keep wild dogs inside the National Park).

The road will pass through Copeland and eventually you will cross the Barrington River, across a Historic Large Wooden Bridge, well above the river bed.

1 km after this is the Barrington Village, just as you pass the 50 km Speed Signs, turn RIGHT into the Barrington East Rd.

"Mansfield" is just a further 4 km on the RIGHT HAND SIDE, look for # 406 and our Large Reflective Sign on the White Paling Entrance.

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

OPTION B -
Allow 5+ Hours

This route returns you to near Newcastle, and then proceed North to Gloucester, all on tar sealed roads.

Travel from Dubbo, to Dunedoo, Cassills, Merriwa then Denman.

Proceed to Maitland (not necessary to travel through Muswellbrook & Singleton), travelling through Branxton.

Continue towards Newcastle, you will need to turn LEFT (North) on the Pacific Highway, at the Hexham Bridge, a big, big bridge at Hexham.

Then, 16 km North of Raymond Terrace, turn LEFT off the Pacific Highway at the Bucketts Way, continue to Gloucester.

At Gloucester, drive through main street and turn left at Roundabout to "Scone".

Travel 8 km to Barrington. (be careful of the Speed Bumps at Gloucester River Bridge, just out of Gloucester), after the Petrol station at Barrington, turn left into the Barrington East Rd.

"Mansfield" is juast a further 4 km on the RIGHT HAND SIDE, look for # 406 and our Large Reflective Sign on the White Paling Entrance.

Remember Country Welcome - BACK DOOR ENTRY

"MANSFIELD" - Come Explore & Enjoy

FACILITIES

"Mansfield" cottage is a very comfortable 3 bedroom traditional farmhouse.

Reverse Cycle Airconditioning, Bedroom Fans, Slow Combustion Fire and Electric Blankets assist to ensure your all season comfort.

The cottage is Self Contained and Self Catering, with fully equipped Laundry and Kitchen (sorry no clothes dryer or dish washer) just bring your own food & drinks.

Remember, we provide all Linen, Towels, Bath Soap and even Towels for the River.

"Mansfield" Sleeping Arrangements, are as follows;

* 2 x 2 Double Bed Bedrooms

* 1 x 2 Single Bed Bedroom

* 1x 1 Single Bed on enclosed Verandah - my favourite star gazing bed.

(Also available are 3 x single bed mattresses, for extra guests, one single bed sheet provided - sleeping bag or similiar required)

Please see full room details below.

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ROOM FACILITIES

* Kitchen - Fully Equipped

Electric Stove

Microwave

Fridge

Cutlery

Crockery

Pots & Pans

Glasses

Table & 6 Chairs

BBQ Tools

No Dishwasher

* Laundry - Fully Equipped

Washing Machine

Washing Powder

Tub

Car Washing Liquid etc

Badminton Net & Racquets

(court at font of house -

roadside)

Outside Clothes Line

No Clothes Dryer

* Bathroom

Separate Bath

Separate Shower

Towels

Bath Mat

Soap

Vanity Unit

* Seperate Toilet

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Double Bed

4 Pillows

Wardrobe

Chair

Mirror

Lowboy & Mirror

Blankets

Electric Blankets

Fan

Ironing Board (behind door)

* 2nd Bedroom

Double Bed

4 Pillows

Wardrobe

Lowboy & Mirror

Electric Blanket

Blankets

Fan

* 3rd Bedroom

2 x Single Beds

4 x Pillows

Built-In-Robes

Bookcase

Electric Blanket

Doonas

Fan

* Family Room A

Colour TV / DVD Player & Video Player

Variety of Kids Videos

Slow Combustion Fire

(all wood and kindling cut

and provided)

Fire Protector

1 x 2 Seater Lounge

2 x 1 Seater Lounge

2 x Coffee Tables

Air-conditioner

Lamp

* Family Room B

Piano

1 x 3 Seater Lounge

4 x 1 Seater

2 x Coffee Tables

Air-conditioner

Lamp

Playing Cards

* Hall

Games Cupboard

Phone - (Local Calls Only 40c

each Ph 65 584 208)

Coffee Table

* Verandah - Back

Gas BBQ

Picnic Table & Chairs

Toddler Gate for Backdoor

Iron - in cupboard

First Aid

Fly Spray

Cleaning Stuff

Occasional Friendly Green

Tree Frog

* Verandah - Side - (Enclosed)

1 x Single Bed

2 x Pillows

Electric Blanket

Doonas

Fan

Table Tennis

* Outside

Wood Garden BBQ

(wood provided)

Badminton Court

Swing Set

(plus toddler swing)

Hills Clothes Line & Pegs

Cricket Pitch

* Garage & Under Cover Parking

Being Developed

MANSFIELD ACTIVITIES

WHAT CAN WE DO?

There is heaps to do from absolutely nothing to needing a holiday when you go home.

We have many suggestions and recommendations on the Family Room and Kitchen Walls, please take the time to have a look and also to call into the Gloucester Information Centre Denison Street Gloucester (Off Main Street) Ph / Fax 02 6558 1408 Email Glosinfo@tpg.com.au Website www.gloucester.org.au

Check out the following activities, listed below and also have a look at our Other Local Activities Section;

Mansfield Easy Canoe

Swimming

Relaxing Body Massage

Fun On The Barrington River

Nature River Walk

Mansfield Fishing

Platypus Watching

Table Tennis & Outdoor Badminton

Bike Riding

Wide Open Spaces

Indoor Fun - Piano, Cards & Games Cupboard

"Mansfield" Activities - Come Explore & Enjoy

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MANSFIELD - EASY CANOE

We are pleased and excited to advise of our "Easy Canoe Deal" with;

Ray & Chris Dean

Canoe Barrington

Ph 6558 4316

Email canoe@midcoast.com.au

Website www.canoebarrington.com.au

Canoe Barrington is located just 3 km further along the road from "Mansfield", you can just drive or they can even pick you up (pick up needs to be booked).

The trip from Rocky Crossing to "Mansfield" is a great 2 to 3 hours adventure at the "Novice Level", approximately 8 to 9 kms.

To start there is a large pool, where you can brush up on your skills, then enjoy the rapids with breaks of still water. You will Canoe for about 2 to 3 hours and arrive at "Mansfield", just leave away from the River (through fence) and they will be collected.

DETAILS

The Canadians are what I call the fun canoes, guaranteed to fall out but good for racing with 2 people in.

The Kayaks - 1 person - are more stable and easy to paddle.

To book simply contact Ray or Chris, mention you have booked accommodation at "Mansfield" and they will make the arrangementS for you, ask them about their other deals.....

"Mansfield" & Canoe Barrington - Come Explore & Enjoy

RELAXING BODY MASSAGE

Why not spoil yourself with a Relaxing Body Massage, our Masseur Linda Benson will call and pamper you at "Mansfield".

Details;

Bookings Essential

Masseur - Linda Benson

Phone - 02 6558 2041

Address - Buckets Rd Gloucester NSW 2422

Cost - $ 35 (Mention that you are staying at "Mansfield" when you book)

FUN ON THE BARRINGTON RIVER

"Mansfield" is situated just 150m from the Barrington River, as well as being great for swimming, tubeing and canoeing, the river is surrounded by 2HA of river way which is great for exploring.

The coble river bed is made up of many "rounded" rocks, from very small to large, it is highly recommended that you were an old pair of joggers (some also wear socks) when swimming and having fun in the river. The rocks are great for building walls in the rapids.

If you can bring old car tubes, air boats or air beds, the rapids are fun to float down through the "waves".

NATURE RIVER WALK

A lovely Nature River Walk extends for nearly 2 kms, from "Mansfield" Cottage, then along the River and then winding through the river way and home. The later stages of the walk is still being developed.

Along the walk, there are three sets of "stump seats" to relax and watch the world go by.

There is much wildlife to see - ducks, finches, butcher birds, kookaburras, kingfishers, to name a few.

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Note - you will require a Fishing Licence, available from Gloucester.

***SUMMER MONTHS ARE BEST***

We provide "Bamboo" Rods (left at river as they may touch power lines at house - please ensure they are left at river) and bait, "Mansfield" fishing is great fun for the kids.

The best time to fish is for an hour at sunrise and an hour at sunset - take some insect repellent - and you need to be quiet.

The Barrington River is a haven for Platypus and sitings of this elusive and shy mammal are common. They appear around the best fishing times and are seen as a small bent log (bent up in the middle) moving slowly on the surface and then diving, before returning again - keep watching and you may see one.

The following fishing bait is provided;

* Worms - in split drums behind small shed attached to garage

* Shrimp (like small prawns) - caught with small nets (found in Laundry), in shallow rapids, under rocks. Make sure your hand goes through rope loop and then grabs handle (stops lose of net down river).

Position net downstream and lift rocks, current will push Shrimps into net. Remove and place into bucket. Care - they jump about heaps (like kangaroos) and can be easily "lost". You can freeze what you don't use.

You can catch Mullet, Freshwater Mullet, Bass (Perch), Catfish & Eels - all good eating size limits apply (see brochure at "Mansfield"), also Herring not suitable for eating very boney, (although good for kids to catch, please release back into the river).

Catfish require to be "skinned" before cooking and Eels require to be "skinned" and boiled before cooking. Although they are both good eating, my father used to love Eels, regularly catching and eating them.

"Mansfield" Fishing - Come Explore & Enjoy

PLATYPUS WATCHING

Platypus are in large numbers in the Barrington River, although sitings are not common due to the Platypus being elusive and shy, with patience you may be rewarded with a unique view at "Mansfield".

If you do receive this pleasure, please record details and particulars in our Visitors Guest Book, so others can share in

this delight.

Tips

- As the Platypus is nocturnal, sitings usually occur late in the evening and in early morning. Early morning sitings involve more visible activity

-The large "swimming pool" on the Nature Walk is an ideal location for Platypus Sitings

- Platypus enjoy peace & quiet, keep the noise down

- Don't become obsessed with a Siting, when it happens it happens

PLATYPUS MAGIC - Come Explore & Enjoy

MORE?

BIKE RIDING

"Mansfield" offers many tracks, trails and wide open spaces for bike riding - BMX / Mountain Bike Style Bike is recommended - great for kids of all ages.

TABLE TENNIS & OUTDOOR BADMINTON

"Let the GAMES BEGIN"

WIDE OPEN SPACES

"Mansfield" is well known for it's Wide Open Spaces, with 2 HA of rolling "manicured hills", it is fantastic for having a kick of a ball, a game of cricket, throw of a frisbee, ride of a bike or just take it all in!

INDOOR FUN

From Piano and Cards to our great Games Cupboard, you will be entertained!

"MANSFIELD" - Come Explore & Enjoy

OTHER LOCAL ACTIVITIES

COME EXPLORE & ENJOY

By far the most popular activity in the Barrington District is exploring the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness.

Please see our seperate Barrington Tops Wilderness and Gloucester River Falls Sections.

Incorporated in the District are many activities, we have summarised some below, extensive details of many activities are included in our Guest Information Book at "Mansfield".

* Tandem Skydiving

* Whitewater Canoeing

* Horse Riding

* Relaxing Body Massage

* Tours & Hikes

* Bicycle Tours

* Gloucester Heritage Walk

* 4 WD Tours

* National Parks Discovery Guided Tours

* Koala Watching

We have negoitated special prices for Tandem Skydiving for our guests, to take advantage of these, please mention your "Mansfield" Accommodation when booking.

For further details and other activities we would encourage you to contact the Gloucester Information Centre Denison Street Gloucester (Off Main Street) Ph / Fax 02 6558 1408 Email glosinfo@tpg.com.au Website www.gloucester.org.au

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Blue Skies Over Australia's Beautiful Barrington Tops Wilderness

Why jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane...because you can!!

Exhilaration, freedom, fun. Leave all your insignificant ..problems far below..the best high..the natural one!!!

Welcome to the NSW Skydiving Centre. We are a modern and progressive Skydiving Centre located at Gloucester. Our Staff is made up of experienced, professional instructors who are all approved and rated by the Australian Parachute Federation. They are dedicated to providing service and maintaining the highest safety standards. We are proud to be able to offer to you an 'Experience of a Lifetime' at one of Australia's foremost Skydiving Centres.

The Tandem skydive is an ideal method for those wishing to experience freefall with a minimum of fuss.

After a 15-20 minute briefing, you are ready to go skydiving. Attached securely to your tandem master via a special harness, it's an exhilarating freefall followed by a peaceful parachute descent back to the landing area.

If so desired, a freefall camera person can record your skydive with video and still pictures.

DETAILS

When Booking, mention that you have accommodation through "Mansfield";

* Single Tandem Skydive $ 270

* Professional Video & Still Photos $ 125

(Must Be Prebooked)

* Located at the Gloucester Airstrip - 15 minutes drive.

* Skydives subject to weather conditions

* Minimum Age 14 years (Under 18 years requires parental written consent)

* Weight limit 100kg maximum

* Wear comfortable clothing (eg lace up shoes, joggers, etc)

"MANSFIELD" & Tandem Skydives - Yippeeeee!!!! -

Come, Explore & Enjoy

WHITE WATER CANOEING IN THE GLOUCESTER DITRICT

Canoeing has long been a major attraction in the Gloucester district.

Four lovely unspoiled rivers offer thrilling whitewater rapids for the experienced canoeist to tranquil pools for the enjoyment of beginners.

Rapids are graded on a scale of 1 to 6.

Grades mentioned are:

Grade 1 - Fast races but no rapids.

Grade 2 - Small rapid followed by quiet stretches.

Grade 3 - Rapids with pressure waves, impossible to paddle upstream.

Places to Canoe

Barrington River:

Experienced Level - Cobark or Rawdon Vale to Rocky Crossing (33km-11/2 days).

This section includes part of the Cobark or Kerripit River depending on the starting Includes grades 1,2 &3 rapids. Caution is required for tree snags after "Bindera". This section should not be attempted at times of high river flow. River access along this section is difficult.

Beginner Level - Rocky Crossing to barrington (10km-1/2 day). This section has easy rapids but care is needed for tree snags.

Gloucester River:

Barrington To Bundook (47km-11/2 days). This section includes part of the Barrington River. Except at two locations, Barrington River Bridge & the end of Relf's road between Barrington & Gloucester, access to the river is difficult as it is via private property. Grade 1 & 2 rapids with good races are encountered. Tree snags are a danger again.

Manning River:

Gloryvale to Gloucester River Junction (51km- 3-4 days). This section contains grade 1 & 2 rapids with two grade 3 rapids in the upper section. Westward Bridge is the starting point for the Hunter Valley Canoe Club's Down River Race held each June Long Weekend. The section is for beginners but care is needed on the large rapid 1 km upstream from the Tiri Bridge.

Williams River: Dungog District

This is a good river for beginners at normal flow but can be dangerous after heavy rains.

Karuah River: Dungog District

This river has a series of long races with medium rocky rapids.

Canoe Hire

Canadian canoes (2 person), Minnows and Kayaks (1 person) are available for hire for

novices to intermediate level together with wet suits, buoyancy vests, safety helmets and

other accessories at a number of locations in the district. These include:

- Canoe Barrington - 02 6558 4316

- Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre - 02 6558 2093

It is advisable to enquire before coming to Gloucester to ensure that the equipment you

require is reserved for you. Drop-off and pick-up services are also available.

"MANSFIELD" EASY CANOE HIRE

EASY CANOE DEAL

We are pleased and excited to of advise of our "Easy Canoe Deal" with;

Ray & Chris Dean

Canoe Barrington

Ph 6558 4316

Email canoe@midcoast.com.au

Website www.canoebarrington.com.au

Canoe Barrington is located just 3 kms further along the road from "Mansfield", you can just drive or they can even pick you up (pick up needs to be booked).

The trip from Rocky Crossing to "Mansfield" is a great 2 to 3 hours adventure at the "Novice Level", approximately 8 to 9 kms..

To start there is a large pool, where you can brush up on your skills, then enjoy the rapids with breaks of still water. You will Canoe for about 2 to 3 hours and arrive at "Mansfield", just leave away from the River (through fence) and they will be collected.

Details

Cost as follows, based on 4 people ;

Canadian Canoes (double) - $ 47 per person

Bass Kayaks (Single) - $ 55 per person

The Canadians are what I call the fun canoes, guaranteed to fall out but good for racing with 2 people in, the Kayaks - 1 person - are more stable and easy to paddle. To book simply contact Ray or Chris, mention you have booked accommodation at "Mansfield" and they will make the arrangement for you, ask them about their other deals..

"MANSFIELD" & CANOE BARRINGTON
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HORSE RIDING IN THE WILDERNESS

CAMP COBARK

We offer Trail Rides by one of the best horse handlers in the district.

Join with other horse lovers and ride over mountain trails and through mountain streams in the foothills of the beautiful Barrington Tops and Cobark Valleys.

Enjoy panoramic views and wildlife sightings.

Riding horses bred in the area, you will be guided and cared for by our genuine bush stockman and horseman who will help you capture the essence of the true pioneering spirit of the bygone era, and inform you of some of Australia's history of these areas through to the present day.

Allen and Dianne offer the horse lover the opportunity to enjoy the quite leisurely horse rides, riding your own horse or one of theirs.

Allen & Dianne Shultz

Camp Cobark

2457 Scone Rd

BARRINGTON NSW 2422

Ph/Fax 02 6558 5524

Bookings Essential

"MANSFIELD" & CAMP COBARK HORSERIDING
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RELAXING BODY MASSAGE

Why not spoil yourself with a Relaxing Body Massage by our Masseur Linda Benson

Details;

Bookings Essential

Masseur - Linda Benson

Phone - 02 6558 2041

Address - 1 Buckets Rd Gloucester NSW 2422

Cost - $ 25 (Mention that you are staying at "Mansfield" when you book)

National Parks Discovery Guided Tours

Barrington Tops Area

Copeland National Park

Woko National Park

2004 is Geogheritage Year with Discovery -

Geoheritage is the variety of our geological environment and the platform upon which all life and culture exists. Look our

for our Geoheritage-based tours this year.

Please remember, for all activities please bring a hat, sunscreen, water, snacks and wear fully enclosed walking shoes.

Junior Ranger - Bush Detectives

Woko National Park

Join our Discovery Rangers for FUN!!! Be a Bug Detective ... Escape on a bush safari ... Try your hand at Bush Art ...

Discover this special place ...

Scheduled around School Holidays

Contact Ph 6538 5300 or 4984 8200 for details

KOALA WATCHING

Information Supplied By Terry Evans National Parks & Wildlife Service Gloucester Hunter National Parks & Wildlife Service

"Koala Colonies are not prevalent in the Barrington Tops Area, the area lacks the high nutrient found in the coastal areas such as Port Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hawks Nest, where Koalas tend to be concentrated.

Our Koala population tends to be spread sparsely over a much larger area.

Koalas are probably sighted most frequently on the Gloucester Tops Road at intermediate altitudes in dry open forest dominated by Grey Gum however sightings are spasmodic this being a direct result of large territories and generally low densities."

"A small Koala Colony exists close to the Gloucester River Camping Ground, on the Gloucester Tops Road, just into the Barrington Tops National Park."

Good Luck with your Koala Searching.

SUMMARY OF THINGS TO DO

The Visitor Information Centre - Come in for specific information eg maps, accomodation, souvenirs. Local crafts items also available.

Ph 02 6558 1408.

Belbourie Aboriginal Art Centre - Displaying several different types of Aborginal art and garden furniture. Well worth a visit, if only to see the mural that runs down the side of the adjacent Gloucester Video shop wall. This "hands of friendship" mural won the local aborignal people an Australia Day Award for the best local project.

Ph 02 6558 2660.

Bucketts Scenic Walk - (Lions Project) This scenic walk up the Bucketts range is a steep climb and scramble up the northern end with a rewarding panoramic view of the town, the valley and the countryside to the north.

Camping - There are many camping spots from primitive camping areas in the Barrington Tops to the 31/2 star Holiday Park close to Town on the Gloucester River.

Dairy Milking Operations - A number of dairies are close to town and near the road.

Afternoon milking takes place from 3.00pm depending on the dairy.

Events - Gloucester is well known for its events such as the Mountain Man Triathlon, Shakespeare on Avon Festival, NBN Snowfest, Poley's Counrty Music Camps and Community Markets.

Gloucester Folk Museum - Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10am to 2pm. It is well worth a visit, with some interesting displays. Ph 02 6558 1921.

Gloucester Gallery - Open Fridays to Sundays 10am to 4pm during exhibitions. Various exhibitions held regulary.

Ph Leanne Barrett 02 6558 3157.

Gloucester Saleyards - Observe the auctioneer at work most Thursdays as cattle are brought and sold. Refreshments available.

Ph Elders Real Estate 02 6558 1205

or Webb Bros Real Estate 02 6558 1507.

Goldtown - During the gold rush days of the 1870's Copeland Village had a population of 3,000. The Mountain Maid Goldmine is a relic of these days. Walk 100m into an old mine, see the glittering in the quartz, and glow worms. Inspect the restored gold mining machinery, pan for gold in the creek or view old photographs in an old cedar-slab hut.

Ph 02 6558 4303.

Hertige Town Walk - This 45 min circuit takes you around some of the older buildings in town.

Hidden Treasure Trial - Discover secrets of a dry rainforest and the relics of the gold mining days at Copeland including the Hidden Treasure Mine.

Hillview Herb Farm - This herb farm can offer groups delicious foods based on Herbal Themes, consisting of either herbal scones, cakes, bread and herb butters, quiches, salads and other herbal delicacies, accompanied by fresh herbal teas, tea or coffee. Go for interesting tour through the herb garden where Karen will explain the different herbs and their uses. You may also purchase products made at Hillview which include herbal salad vinegars, relaxing massage oils, herb honey, mini herb gardens or 4" pots of herbs.

Ph Karen O'Brian 02 6558 2369.

Lookouts - Kia-ora lookouts affords great views of the Gloucester and Barrington Valleys, with the Barrington Tops in the distance. Mograni Lookout overlooks the Gloucester Township nestled in the broad Avon and Gloucester Rivers Valley between The Bucketts and Mograni ranges. Lemans Lookout provides a scenic vista to the Gloucester River onto Lemans Flat, seating and steps leading down to the river.

Orchid Nursery - Visitors are welcome at Barrington Orchids where many varieties of orchids are for sale from seedling to flowering plants. Ph 02 6558 4389.

Parks & Picnics - Enjoy one of the prettiest parks in NSW, with walks along the river and around the commemorative Bicentennial Garden or enjoy a picnic in the Billabong Park. BBQ areas and picnic tables available, or buy a packed lunch in the shopping centre.

Sport - Vistors are always welcome ot golf, bowls, tennis and croquet. The tennis court are available for hire through the Information Centre. Ph 02 6558 1408.

Swimming - In the calm ponds or cascading waters of our many rivers, or in our District Park Swimming Centre.

Ph 02 6558 1024.

Trudalong Farm Tours - A farm with a difference. This 130 acre farm has diversified from the more traditional forms of agriculture. Apart from raising Hereford Cattle, they also have aquaculture, quick shift irrigation using effluent from fish ponds, boar goat stud, miniture ponies, poultry, boarding kennels & cattery, labrador stud, worm farm, animal nursery and native plant nursery. Ph 02 6558 3125.

Woko National Park - The rugged landscape of this park features rainforest valleys and slopes, spectacular rock outcrops. A tranquil picnic and camping area is located on the banks of the Manning River. Two walking tracks provide access to dry ainforests and the escarpment above the amping area.

World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park - This national park features World Heritage-listed rainforests, wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers. Enjoy short and interesting walks at Gloucester Tops , featuring Antartic Beech Forest, Snow Gum Woodland and scenic waterfalls.

On the Barrington Tops platue you are more than 1500m above sea level. Besides the views from Devils Hole Lookout, you can also anjoy short and inspiring walks through cool temperate rainforest at Honeysuckle or walk through snowgum woodland, tall eucalypt forest at Polblue Swamp. Disabled access is provided at Devils Hole Lookout.

BARRINGTON TOPS WILDERNESS

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Please see the full description of the Barrington Tops National Park below.

"Mansfield" is situated on the eastern boundary of the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness.

There are 2 main readily accessible areas of the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness;

Barrington Tops - through road to Scone / Hunter Valley - very picturesque - can experience winter snow falls

Gloucester Tops - lovely drive - Gloucester River Falls - recommended day trip - see seperate Information Page

Your hosts Rick & Jill Perram, recommend this as one of the many highlights, in the Barrington Tops National Park.

The area provides;

Every 2 or 3 years, this area is snow covered and is FANTASTIC!!

Lovely scenic bush & forest walks

Beautiful panoramic views

Picnic areas

Toilets

Dingo Gate & Dingo Fence

From "MANSFIELD" allow 3 hours to travel to the Barrington Tops (6 hours round trip), it is a great drive, but don't be in a hurry. Please allow a day to have a good look around this World Heritage Area. Check the maps and brochures for all the things to see.

The Dingo Gate is the western edge of the Barrington Tops National Park and is well worth the drive.

The road is sealed to about one third of the way and then is good quality gravel road, although at times reduces to one lane. There are some steep climbs and descents on route.

To get there, travel to Barrington, turn left onto Thunderbolts Way. Follow signs to Scone & Barrington Tops National Park.

Barrington Tops - Come, Explore & Enjoy

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Barrington Tops National Park

Experience World Heritage listed rainforests, wilderness and wild scenic rivers in the Barrington Tops National Park. You can explore the extensive system of walking tracks and camp in a range of places, whether you like modern conveniences or striking out into the bush.

Park area: 73,884 hectares

Year the park was created: 1969

Highest point: 1586 metres

Lowest point: 200 metres

Main rivers: Barrington River, Kerripit River, Gloucester River , Paterson River, Williams River Chichester River, Wangat River

Adjoining and nearby parks:

Mount Royal National Park

The Glen Nature Reserve

Woko National Park

Best time to visit: You can visit Barrington Tops National Park at any time of year, depending on the experience you are hoping to have.

Visiting during the winter may be a cold affair, with the chance of snow fall. But be aware that Barrington Tops can experience dramatic climate changes at any time of year and below zero temperatures are common. If you're walking or camping, bring adequate clothing and equipment and carry extra provisions in case you're caught out.

Geology & landscape

The park landscape

Barrington Tops is a huge plateau separating the upper Hunter River and its tributaries from the Manning catchment. The main plateau reaches 1500 m above sea level, with steep slopes on all sides. The park has fertile basalt soils as well as less fertile sandy granite soils.

How the park's landscape formed

The Barrington Tops plateau lies at an altitude of between 1200 and 1500 m with steep rugged slopes falling away on all sides. The plateau experiences a high rainfall with snow falls in winter and occasionally in summer. The Barrington Tops form part of the Great Escarpment, which visibly demarcates the edge of the plateau.

A volcano located near the present Mount Barrington erupted about 45 million years ago. The resulting basalt flows covered the pre-existing rock. Around this period, the eastern highlands were uplifted to form the Great Divide. Rapid erosion of the steep coastal fall of the divide carved what is known as the Great Escarpment. In places the Great Escarpment was up to 1 kilometre high. The Great Dividing range is what remains after millennia of weathering, erosion and other geological actions.

The Barrington Tops Plateau is one of the more visible sections of what was the Great Escarpment. The plateau's tough granodiorite and basalt core resisted the westward and northern retreat of the escarpment, leaving a raised landscape bounded by steep gullies and ridgelines.

Interesting features in the park

The oldest rocks in the region are Devonian-Carboniferous sedimentary rocks which outcrop extensively in the valleys. During the Permian era, granitic magma was intruded into the sediments. In the Tertiary, eruption of the Barrington Volcano produced massive basalt lava flows of which small residuals presently cap the plateau. More recent unconsolidated sediments include the plateau swamp peats and alluvial flats on Boonabilla Creek.

The soils formed from a variety of sedimentary and volcanic rocks, include red and stoney kraznozems, podzolics and brown earths. When wet, many of these soils turn to sticky mud making vehicle tracks impassable.

This park is huge and the variety and beauty of the landscape will take your breath away.

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