Indulge your curiosity, seek the road less travelled and take delight in the wonders of our region. Explore high-altitude ancient rainforests and fertile valleys rich in agriculture; embrace charming towns and welcoming smiles; discover mighty rivers, untouched waterways and breathtaking beaches. Encompassing the Great Lakes, Manning Valley, Gloucester and the Barrington plateau, the region spans over 10,000 kms² from world heritage Barrington Tops to the Pacific Ocean on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia.


Gloucester is the closest town to the renowned wilderness destinations of World Heritage Barrington Tops, Woko & Copeland Tops. The region offers a visitor experience to suit everyone. Enjoy leafy walks along the Gloucester River high altitude ancient rainforests, towering tree fern groves, snow gum meadows & exhilarating mountain views. Plus there’s an enticing selection of activities that deliver fun, enjoyment & happy holiday memories in beautiful locations.

Where spectacular coastlines meet adventurous mountain trails. The Manning Valley region is renowned for its natural assets which include 9 National Parks and Reserves, 45 kilometres of pristine coastline and the only double delta river system in Australia with entrances to the sea at Harrington & Old Bar. Kings Creek Retreat is perfectly placed for day-trippers to explore by kayak, boat or car. Experience the awe inspiring 200 metre Ellenborough Falls. One of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere or discover Potoroo Falls, hidden local gem. 

This beautiful part of the coast has great places to play, eat and shop coupled with perfect beaches, dazzling lakes, national parks and wide expanses of coastal forest.

Group activities include whale watching, kayaking, trekking, surfing, paddle boarding, deep sea fishing, or just browsing at local markets and stores. Pick up some fresh seafood or dine out before returning to the peace, privacy & tranquility of the Retreat. 


Discover the region

The Barrington Coast spans 10,053 km² and boasts a world heritage mountain range at its highest point. 

We're famous for our forests, waterways and beaches. We have 15 national parks plus 63 state forests, nature reserves and conservation areas. Our lands are watered by 38 rivers including the only double delta in the southern hemisphere and the state's tallest single drop waterfall at Ellenborough Falls. We also enjoy a pristine triple lakes system and over 190kms of absolutely stunning coastline.


At the Barrington Coast's southernmost tip, you'll find Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens; less than 2.5hrs drive from Sydney's northern suburbs. A further hour north will bring you to Pacific Palms or Forster-Tuncurry. Travel westwards to Gloucester, then to the highest point of the Barrington Coast and explore the ancient Gondwana Rainforests of world heritage Barrington Tops. Welcome to your adventure!

The Great Lakes Region stretches from Forster in the North, through Pacific Palms and Seal Rocks to Tea Gardens in the South and inland to Gloucester, basecamp to the Barrington Tops. The Mid North Coast is a blend of perfect beaches, dazzling lakesnational parks, hinterland forests, historic rural Villages & fertile valleys. Local events and activities fill the calendar.  Adventure thrills include diving, mountain biking, whale watching, deep sea fishing & gentle activities may see you kayaking quiet lakes at sunset or trecking through ancient palm forests. Choose from local produce & crafts at stores and farmers markets to connect with our local experience.