Scone is located two hours north of Newcastle, Scone is the central town in the northern part of the Upper Hunter Country region. Scone is known as the Horse Capital of Australia, surrounded by magnificent world renowned thoroughbred horse studs.
The rural town is surrounded by prestigious thoroughbred horse studs and is rich in agricultural and equine industry enterprises. Follow the town walk to discover the many points of interest in town such as Mrs Hopper's House and St Aubins Arms Inn. Pick up a brochure on our town walks at the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre.
Scone is surrounded by lush bushland, as well as the nearby state and national parks and is known as the 'Gateway to the Barrington Tops'. Within a few kilometres of Scone on Moobi Rd, there is a petrified stump that is estimated to be 200,000,000 years old. One of the best specimens in Australia, the tree was a type of Araucaria pine which is now extinct.
Go bushwalking, water-skiing or fishing at Lake Glenbawn, attend one of our annual festivals, visit one of our local horse studs, sit back and relax at one of our outstanding accommodation houses, enjoy our Upper Hunter wines, walk Burning Mountain and take in it’s amazing story, cast the line and reel in that big one, picnic by one of our rivers, enjoy the very best in country racing, stroll through the antique and bric-a-brac stores, visit one of the many National Parks in the Shire and enjoy our local cafes and restaurants.
Things to do:
- Visit the Australian Stock Horse Society Museum - open on Weekdays between 9am and 4pm and learn about the history of the Australian Stock Horse.
- Enjoy a picnic lunch at the tranquil Washpools Picnic Area in Towarri National Park.
- Get dressed up for Scone Cup in May and enjoy the biggest day of country racing in New South Wales.
- Follow the town walk to discover the many points of interest in the town.
- Hire a bike at the Scone Visitor Centre and explore the town on two wheels.
- Book a Horse Stud Tour with Upper Hunter Tours.