Scone is located in the beautiful Upper Hunter approximately three and a half hours from Sydney and two and a half hours from Newcastle. It is known as the Horse Capital of Australia, home to the Hunter thoroughbred breeding industry reputed as the second largest in the world, the Australian Stock Horse Association, thriving equestrian activites and the Scone Horse Festival and Hunter Horse Expo. The region also has a thriving agricultural industry in cattle and sheep grazing, cereal cropping, dairies and boutique wineries. This rural town is filled with welcoming locals and an immediate sense of community with a range of schools, sporting and communoty groups and restaurants.
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Scone Horse Festival
The Scone Horse Festival pays homage to the town's equestrian industry, all breeds of horses and the role they have played in the development of the area. It is a unique event that showcases the town and the versatility of the horse through events such as the formal ball, street parade, charity rodeo, sheep dog trials, yarns night, polo, farrier’s competition, tentpegging, stud tours, a two day race carnival – Scone Cup, yearling sales and the grand finale fireworks on Lake Glenbawn. There is something for everyone at the festival and is a great day out for the whole family!
Lake Glenbawn State Park
Lake Glenbawn State Park offers a wonderful diversity of bushland, wildlife and adventure perfect for a family holiday or day trip. Lake Glenbawn has a reputation for being some of the best fresh water fishing in NSW and the Dam is used by many for fishing and water sports. There are picnic areas, barbecues and playgrounds for day trips. There is also a cricket oval and tennis courts that can be hired as well as a 3-hole golf course.
Apart from a large variety of trees and plants, you may come across kangaroos and wallabies. The native bush setting is home to over 100 species of birds meaning nature lovers, bushwalkers and adventurers alike will enjoy Lake Glenbawn.
There are camping grounds and cabins and bungalows are also available. There are toilet facilities in a few places throughout the park and a kiosk located across from the picnic area near the boat ramp road.
Lake Glenbawn National Park is less than half an hour away from Scone, making it perfect for a day trip or weekend get away with the family.
A must see attraction, Burning Mountain is one of only three underground naturally burning coal seams in the world. It is located just 20kms away from Scone and two hours from both Newcastle and Tamworth.
There is a marked 4.6km round walk through the bushland. The track is marked out and is easy to follow and there are small signs giving you brief information about the area.
At the top is the open burning coal seam. Along the way, you will come across many native eucalypts, stringy barks, grey gums and some ironbarks. You may come across some of the fauna such as kangaroos, possums, goannas, wallaroos and echidnas as well as insects and skinks.
Towarri National Park
Towarri National Park contains an incredible variety of plants, wildlife and birds with amazing views of the Wingen Maid even visible from the road.
Washpool Campground and Waterhole offers beautiful swimming, camping and picnicking opportunities with a viewing platform near the picnic area. There is also a bushwalking track that explores the river oak-lined Middle Brook. Bushwalking elsewhere in the Park is for experienced bushwalkers only, but keen trekkers will be rewarded with spectacular views from the ridge tops. No formed walking trail system currently exists.
It is located slightly north west of Scone about 20kms. At the roundabout in town, head toward the railway line and at the next roundabout take the right as signposted and follow the road for around 20kms. The last 7kms is dirt and keep an eye out for trucks that use this road.
There are camping grounds available as well as a picnic area. Both areas have toilet facilities and the picnic area has BBQ areas. The Wingen Maid can also be seen from parts of the roads.
Barrington Tops National Park
The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia's World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.
The park is a bushwalker's paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening.
For those visiting for the day, there are lots of picnic and barbecue areas to enjoy, cycling trails to be explored and views from the park's lookouts that need to be seen to be believed. Fishing is a popular activity in the park between October and May.
Scone Country Tours
Scone Country Tours offers a variety of fully guided pre-designed tours or the opportunity for visitors to design their own day out. The tours cover a wide range of interests and cater for everyone from couples to coaches. Tours include thoroughbred studs, Barrington Tops, Burning Mountain, Towarri National Park, Glenbawn Dam and experiences like camel rides, picnics and vineyard tours.
Pick up your Town Walk brochure from the Tourist Information Centre and follow the Heritage Walk that takes walkers from the old railway station, through Elizabeth Park, past the Belmore Hotel and finishing at the Royal Hotel. The walk showcases the history of the town and takes walkers past important structures like Harper's Cottage, St Luke's Anglican Church, Scone Grammar School, the Gaol Museum, the Scone Mare and Foal statue and the Rotary Heritage Park plus many other historical sites that allows tourists to appreciate the development of Scone into what it is today.