Situated within the Great Lakes
Shire Council Stroud is 30minutes from Gloucester, Barrington &
Raymond Terrace, 1 hour from Newcastle CBD, Beaches, Hunter
Valley Vineyards, 75 minutes from the Central Coast & 2.5hrs
from Sydney CBD.
Historic Stroud was first
established in 1826 for itís farming suitability, due to its
rich black soils and fresh running streams and rivers. It was
the most important settlement in the Australian Agricultural
Companyís Port Stephens Estate. Many fine buildings were
constructed from locally made bricks with floors of rosewood,
doors and fittings of cedar.
Today Stroud has a great
infrastructure. Many of the original buildings remain. We have
four doctors, an aged care lodge, Gloucester hospital only 30
minutes away, a supermarket, craft stores, gallery, antiques,
eateries, hotel, country club, Italian restaurant, public
swimming pool, hardware, butcher, hairdresser, newsagency and
post office (both with banking facilities) and Vineyards.
Stroudís modern conveniences make it just about independent of
nearby communities, it not only offers location, but a picture
The freshwater creeks boast
colonies of platypus and you can watch the dolphins play in the
Karuah River. Of course there is also canoeing, boating fishing
and swimming if you feel inclined.
Stroudís old style morals and
ethics are extremely attractive to families, yetalsore tired
folk, chasing a laid back lifestyle with country values and
hospitality. With a population of around 600 people, where else
would you find the infrastructure that it has to offer.