The Upper Hunter – Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Denman and Scone
Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter – Enjoy heritage towns, vineyards, magnificent scenery in a thriving economic area
The Upper Hunter Shire takes in the major townships of Aberdeen known as 'the Birthplace of the Blue Heeler,' Merriwa a 'Breath of Fresh Air,' Murrurundi 'the Crown of the Hunter' and Scone 'the Horse Capital of Australia.'
The Shire provides outstanding educational and sporting facilities to its community. The thriving economic base is centred on a very wealthy equine industry and agriculture allowing the townships a buoyant and well serviced retail arena.
Surrounded by the rugged mountains of the Wollemi National Park and foothill of the grand Barrington High Country, the Muswellbrook area is steeped in history and heritage of bushrangers, gold mining, aristocratic landed gentry and convict settlement. Muswellbrook is a charming rural town surrounded by a clutch of wineries which offer cellar-door-tastings.
Fresh water, clear air and friendly people – at absolutely no cost – surround the beautiful town of Scone, the Horse Capital of Australia. It is the centre of one of the most visually attractive areas in NSW. Surrounded by mountains, valleys and creeks as well as beautiful, undulating farmland there are lots of opportunities for sightseeing, picnics and bush walking.
All breeds of horses are represented in the Upper Hunter and almost every weekend you can see a variety of horse sports or exhibitions. A couple of kilometres west of Scone along the Bunnan Road is the Australian Horse Park. It is the home of the Scone Race Track, the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre and the Hunter Institute of Technology Campus specialising in equine and rural studies.
Go bush walking, water-skiing or fishing, attend an annual festivals, visit the local horse studs, sit back, relax and enjoy the Upper Hunter wines, walk Burning Mountain and take in its amazing story, picnic by a river, visit one of the many National Parks in the Shire and enjoy the local cafes and restaurants.