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Wards River: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Chichester State Forest


Picturesque Chichester State Forest is located in the Lower Barrington Tops and offers free picnic and camping grounds, the majority located near creeks/rivers.

Telegherry, Frying Pan, Currawong and Coachwood camping areas are located in the lush south-eastern side of the forest, best accessed from Dungog. White Rock, Old Camp and Pademelon Park are camping areas on the south-western side of the forest, best accessed from Gresford. Allyn River Forest Park, also in this area, is a great place for a picnic whilst the famous Ladies Well swimming hole is within a short distance of camping areas. Dogs are permitted on leads, as is bushwalking, swimming, trail-bike and four-wheel driving.

Temperatures vary considerably between the foothills (170 metres) and the Barrington Plateau (1,577 metres). Night temperatures regularly drop below zero from June to November. Campers are advised to pack cold/wet weather gear, and take their own fresh drinking water.




via Dungog Visitor Information Centre
Dungog, NSW, 2420

Located 17.6K from Wards River

Barrington Tops National Park Walks


This rugged park is full of contrasts. Carved out of an ancient volcano, Barrington Tops National Park rises from near sea level to over 1500 metres. In the lower valleys, you'll find World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforests. Up on the plateau, there is subalpine woodland which regularly sees snow in winter.

Most of the area is declared wilderness, and it's a well known destination for bushwalkers. But the park is accessible even to those with limited mobility. Its excellent track network extends from short, easy walks to steep overnight treks. The varied environments are home to a wide range of plants and animals, and it protects more than 50 rare or threatened species.






Barrington Top National Parks ,
Southern Gateway
Gloucester, NSW, 2422

Located 22.8K from Wards River

Chichester Dam


Chichester Dam was constructed between 1917 and 1926 and is a minor concrete gravity dam, upstream of Dungog, in the Hunter Region.

One of the Hunter's most important freshwater storage facilities contributing about 35 per cent of the Lower Hunter's potable water supply. The dam wall is 254 metres long and 43 metres high and is anchored to the bedrock below the wall by 93 stressed tendons.

The catchment for Chichester Dam is largely within the Barrington Tops National Park, and as a result it is one of the most pristine catchments in Australia. Wood is located in near barbecue or bring own gas barbecue.

No dogs are allowed so leave the pooch at home. All the roads within the site are sealed and can be accessed by coaches.




Chichester Dam ,
Chichester Road,
via
Dungog, NSW, 2420

Located 23.2K from Wards River

Wards River: Events

Stroud Show


Come and experience a real country show.

The Stroud A H and I Association - now the Stroud Show Association Inc - began its life in 1922 to promote and display the produce of the rich Karuah Valley. Every year since then, traditionally on the weekend after Easter, the Association has held an Agricultural Show - with the exception of four war years and three complete wash outs in the 1990s.

Each year the show brings together locals and visitors to enjoy displays and creations by district enthusiasts, the traditional horse sports, cattle parades, poultry and dog exhibits, and carnival rides.

Bar and ATM facilities are available. No BYO alcohol. A courtesy bus is available.





Cowper Street
Stroud, NSW, 2425

Located 19.8K from Wards River

Stroud Rodeo and Campdraft


The Stroud Rodeo is a premier rodeo event included in the top ten in Australia, attracting more than 800 competitors and 1,000 entries.

On Friday, a full campdrafting program is held in conjunction with the rodeo include bulldogging and barrel racing.

Saturday's events include bull riding and bronco riding. A 'Maximum Points' venue on the National Circuit, the Stroud Rodeo puts forward prize money of more than AUD30,000. The event enables donations to various charities which have exceeded AUD350,000 since its inception, with cancer research being the main beneficiary.

The Stroud Rodeo is an international standard venue providing all weather seating for spectators. Visitors are not allowed to bring their own alcohol and no glass is permitted at the venue. Security reserve the right to search all vehicles.

Check the event web site for more information.




Stroud Showground,
Cowper Street
Stroud, NSW, 2425

Located 19.8K from Wards River

Stroud Heritage Growers and Artisans Markets


A project of Stroud Lions Club, the Stroud Heritage Growers and Artisans Market is held on the fourth Sunday of the month by a group of enthusiastic local growers selling fresh produce, plants, gorgeous artisan crafts, and delicious value-added foods. Come along and enjoy the day.

If you've got time, enthusiasm, or even just ideas and you'd like to contribute to or learn more about this great community project, feel free to contact a member of the market committee.




Stroud Showground,
Cowper Street
Stroud, NSW, 2425

Located 19.8K from Wards River

Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest


The parade will go ahead as planned, starting at 10.30am from Quambi House and ending at Memorial Avenue via Erin Street. Prizes will be awarded!

Entertainment will include but is not limited to - 'Throw a Chook' (rubber of course!).

Other entertainment includes Lucky Starr, No Control, the Stroud Choir with Anne Frost, Miss Giggles free face painting, and a Craft Corner for the kids.


Event Dates
2017
      4th Jul


Cowper Street
Stroud Road, NSW, 2415

Located 20.5K from Wards River

Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Series Round Six hydrated by Camelbak


A brand-new venue for the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow final series event is waiting for its racers at Dungog.

A fun course that will challenge endurance and technical skills of the riders. You ride to the top of the race tracks un-timed - there is no start-order and the riders get to pick the sequence of race tracks themselves. Ride with your team mates, kids and partners all day long.

Why Superflow - because this event combines "super flowy" trails with a rollercoaster of riding and racing up and down some fun tracks.

Rider can register online ahead of the event, spectator entry is free.


Event Dates
2017
      1st Oct


Dungog, NSW, 2420

Located 21.3K from Wards River

Karuah River Motorcycle Rally


The BMW Touring Club of NSW (BMW TC NSW) invites you to its 39th Karuah River Rally, a beautiful country cruise featuring New South Wales' best riding roads - sealed and unsealed.

The rally site is about 30 kilometres north of Dungog via Monkerai and Main Creek Roads, between Dungog and Stroud, or the Wangat Trig Road past the Chichester Dam turn off. Directions will be signposted from both these roads (each involves 14 kilometres of dirt). Collect your map at the Bank Hotel Dungog. This rally is for motorcyclists only, cars not permitted unless by prior arrangement.

The BMW TC NSW acknowledges the valuable support of Forests NSW in providing them with the Chichester State Forest campsite.




Chichester State Forest,
via
Dungog, NSW, 2420

Located 21.9K from Wards River

Mountain Man Tri Challenge


Cycle, paddle, runand do you have what it takes? This annual Gloucester sporting event draws athletes from across the state for three challenging race legs: mountain biking across the Bucketts Mountains, kayaking on the Barrington River, then a run back into Gloucester from Barrington village.

Held on the second Sunday of September each year since 1991, the Mountain Man Tri Challenge starts and ends in Gloucester District Park. The race consists of a 20.4 kilometre mountain bike ride along mountain and 4WD roads, creek beds, cattle tracks, rainforest and open country; a 10.7 kilometre kayak paddle down the crystal clear waters of the Barrington River; and an 8.8 kilometre run leg along the scenic Thunderbolts Way and back into the Gloucester District Park.


Event Dates
2017
      10th Sep


Boundary Street,
Gloucester Recreation Centre
Gloucester, NSW, 2422

Located 24.0K from Wards River

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