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Lovely scenic drive

I was cautious about doing this drive from Walcha to Bulahdelah via Gloucester after reading some... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
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Worth a visit if on the road.

We were fortunate to have a 4WD on this trip. The road is gravel to a small carpark. Then you have... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Liverpool, Australia
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3 Oct 2018
“Lovely scenic drive”
24 Jun 2018
“Worth a visit if on the road.”
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

I was cautious about doing this drive from Walcha to Bulahdelah via Gloucester after reading some of the earlier reviews but after consulting with family in the area, we decided to do it, rather than take the Oxley hwy. Great decision. A wonderful if at...More

1  Thank MsDistress
Reviewed 25 July 2018

A fantastic drive from the coast to Armidale - easy drive and climb to the Barrington Tops - and find an amazing lookout! Great road - and lots of countryside that takes your imagination to the place that hid many a bushranger!

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

I totally agree with Bushwalker's Sydney review of Thunderbolts Way. Road terribly damaged. One awful toilet at the lookout and otherwise no designated rest areas. Awful to see dead wombats by the roadside. I spotted 5. Why isn't more being done to protect these animals?...More

1  Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We were fortunate to have a 4WD on this trip. The road is gravel to a small carpark. Then you have to walk down the hill. it is interesting to see a small part of the history of this area, but I would wear walking...More

Thank JenB19562
Reviewed 16 April 2018

It had been 7 years since I last chose to use Thunderbolt Way instead of the New England Highway to travel to Armidale. My last experience was terrible but I thought that the road must have improved in the meantime - however I was still...More

11  Thank bushwalker1
Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery and great road to practice driving skills. those that say it is dangerous, yes it is. Even though a speed sign says 80 does not mean you HAVE to do 80. You drive what you feel comfortable with. The crosses for those that...More

7  Thank mattandkrista
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Overseas travelers may find parts of the road challenging but it's a good country road by Aussie standards.I drove from Gloucester to Uralla during the first week of school holidays in late September. It's very winding and hilly but I had no trouble in a...More

1  Thank frodo999
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Bucketts Way - Thunderbolts Way is a major tourist route connecting the Pacific Motorway to the New England Highway - the road is fully paved but parts are in poor condition. I don't recommend in wet weather. The route takes you through two of the...More

5  Thank catherine c
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

A beautiful drive from Gloucester to Nowendoc along Thunderbolt's Way. Perhaps on the way to Walcha. Don't go this way if you are in a hurry and determined to speed. One very steep section. It would be difficult at night or in the fog or...More

2  Thank Phillip B
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This "road" is third world at best. One of the steepest climbs in the ranges is a mass of shovel filled potholes and loose gravel.Roadside crosses and flowers sadly show this is not a Sunday drive, if in doubt ask some locals.

4  Thank lonelee2
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17 February 2018|
Response from catherine c | Reviewed this property |
I have seen lots of people tow caravans. The bitumen is bad for some short sections so a bit slow. There is passing room the whole route except some bridges. Have a nice trip!
Alex W
3 September 2017|
Response from catherine c | Reviewed this property |
Yes spectacular camping in Barrington National Park, however some spots require 4WD