How to get to Stroud by car, train, coach or plane.

By car

1. Bucketts Way

Stroud is located along the Bucketts Way, a scenic detour off the Pacific Highway, on the way to Gloucester. Southern access is at Twelve Mile Creek, the trip is 31 km and takes about 25 minutes. Northern access to Stroud is from Gloucester, the trip is 49 km and takes about 40 minutes.

Stroud sits in its own river valley and is part of the Karuah River catchment. It is not part of the Hunter Valley nor the Upper Hunter, both of these are incorrect geo-locators. Access from the Hunter Valley is via Dungog (using Stroud Hill Road that joins the Bucketts Way just north of Stroud) or from Clarence Town (using Limeburners Creek Road not far from the Pacific Highway). The trip from Dungog is 27 km and takes about 25 minutes.

From the Myall River Valley, access is via Booral Road that joins the Bucketts Way at Booral. The trip from Bulahdelah to Stroud is 38 km and takes about 35 minutes.

The Bucketts Way is named after the Bucketts Mountains at Gloucester, also known by their aboriginal name: the Buccan Buccans.

2. Thunderbolts Way

Access to Stroud from the northern tablelands and Queensland is via Thunderbolts Way through Gloucester.

Thunderbolts Way is named after the local bushranger Captain Thunderbolt.

3. Scone Road

Access to Stroud from the Upper Hunter is via Scone Rd through Gloucester.

By train

There is no railway station at Stroud, the closest station is Dungog (27 km, about 25 minutes) or Gloucester (49 km, about 40 minutes) which are both on the main northern rail line from Sydney to Brisbane. There are several XPT trains per day in both directions:

Download the train and coach timetable here.

XPT train – Northbound daily:

Northbound To Casino (Service #033) / To Grafton (Service #035) / To Brisbane (Service #031)

  • Sydney Central 07.08 / 11.41 / 14.41
  • Broadmeadow 09.33 / 14.04 / 17.04
  • Dungog 10.43 / 15.15 / 18.11
  • Gloucester 11.37 / 16.22 / 19.04
  • Wingham 12.27 / 17.12 / 19.53
  • Taree 12.40 / 17.25 / 20.08

XPT train – Southbound daily:

Southbound From Grafton (Service #036) / From Brisbane (Service #032) / From Casino (Service #034)

  • Taree 09.52 / 14.41 / 01.31
  • Wingham 10.06 / 14.55 / 01.44
  • Gloucester 10.56 / 15.44 / 02.33
  • Dungog 12.06 / 16.38 / 03.25
  • Broadmeadow 13.19 / 17.52 / 04.28
  • Sydney Central 15.44 / 20.12 / 06.50

By coach

Download the train and coach timetable here.

Coach northbound – Broadmeadow to Taree (Service #135)

  • Connecting train from Sydney Central (service 2157) departs 15.15
  • Coach departs Broadmeadow railway station 18.00
  • Stroud 19.00
  • Gloucester Town (Denison Street coach terminal) 19.42
  • Wingham Town 20.40
  • Taree railway station 20.52

Coach southbound – Taree to Broadmeadow: (Service #136)

  • Departs Taree railway station 06.00
  • Wingham Town 06.12
  • Gloucester Town (Denison Street coach terminal) 07.07
  • Stroud 07.47
  • Broadmeadow railway station 09.07
  • Connecting train to Sydney from Broadmeadow (service 2138) 09.30 (09.49 pub hols)

By plane

Newcastle is the nearest public airport. It services Jetstar, Qantaslink, Virgin Australia, Regional Express (REX) and Fly Pelican with flights across Australia and seasonally to Auckland. The journey from Newcastle Airport to Stroud is 55 km and takes about 50 minutes.