Even getting to Stroud sounds fascinating for you exit the Pacific Highway 14 kilometres north of Raymond Terrace and take the “Thunderbolts Way”, (Bucketts Way) named after an infamous bushranger from the 1860’s. Part of an original grant to the Australian Agricultural Company, Stroud was established in 1826 as the centre of operations for Australia’s newly founded wool industry. Many of Stroud’s buildings were built by convict labour and remain today used as museums and other community uses. A self guided heritage walk now takes you on a well sign posted journey through the town and Australian history.
The many heritage listed buildings and other architectural gems such as the Stroud Hotel provide a sense of place which with the magnificent nearby landscapes of Barrington Tops has attracted an increasing number of people in a range of creative fields. For a small town of just over 1000 there are a host of groups including a choir and a writers group. The works of individual artists can be found at Stroud Heritage Growers and Artisans Market or displayed in cafes and other retail outlets throughout the town. Stroud has also become famous in recent years as the home of the International Brick & Rolling Pin Contest. Held in July each year this competition involves the towns of Stroud in Australia, England, Canada and America. Stroud is a step back in time with an artistic twist, well worth a trip as you continue on to world heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park or back to the coast or the Manning Valley.
For more information on visiting Stroud go to http://stroudcommunityweb.com