Upper reaches of the Gloucester River, at Gloucester Falls, within Barrington Tops National Park, 1997.
|State||New South Wales|
|IBRA||NSW North Coast|
|Local government area||Dungog, Mid-Coast Council|
|Part of||Manning River catchment|
|- left||Barrington River, Bowman River|
|- right||Berrico Creek, Buggs Creek, Sandy Creek (Upper Hunter, New South Wales), Avon River|
|Source||Gloucester Tops, Great Dividing Range|
|- location||north northwest of Dungog|
|- elevation||1,190 m (3,904 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Manning River|
|- location||west of Wingham|
|- elevation||38 m (125 ft)|
|Length||102 km (63 mi)|
|National park||Barrington 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.
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.
The Gloucester River meandering through the Gloucester Valley, viewed from Bucketts Tops, near the town of Gloucester, 2013.
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