Located on the New England Highway between Scone and Muswellbrook, Aberdeen is the first main township on the Hunter River. With more than 175 years of history, the small town is steeped in Scottish heritage. One of the first settlements in the picturesque Upper Hunter Valley, the town was named after the Earl of Aberdeen, a friend of early settler and British MP Thomas Macqueen.
Today you can still see much of the history in a walk around the town. Plaques set in the footpaths and on the buildings identify these historic places from Aberdeen's past.
Locals often enjoy swimming and fishing in the crystal clear waters that run down from the Barrington Tops into the Hunter River. Lake Glenbawn is just a few kilometres east of Aberdeen and well worth a visit. Bring your fishing gear - an abundance of fish are there for the taking. You'll find top Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Trout and Catfish hiding in the depths.
Things to do:
- Walk the Town Walk to follow the development of a small country town from the 1840's to the present day, pick up the guide from the Scone Visitor Centre.
- Enjoy a cup of coffee at Segenhoe Inn (built early 1800's) bursting with old world charm or a cooling ale at the Commercial Hotel.
- Take a scenic drive out to Lake Glenbawn.
- Attend the annual Aberdeen Highland Games on the first Saturday in July.