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Monday, 04 June 2018 10:10

4 top lookout spots in the Upper Hunter

Views from the top of Scone Mountain Views from the top of Scone Mountain Shay Hancock

Love a good lookout? Sweeping views of the valley or looking down over a town? Check out one or more of these top 4 lookout spots in the Upper Hunter.

1. Eye of the Needle at Paradise Park – Murrurundi

To get to Paradise Park follow Paradise Rd and the park is approximately 1km past the gold course. The walk starts at a signboard at the far end of the park. It is a constant uphill climb, through a jumble of massive granite boulders and on into the ‘Eye of the Needle’, a deep narrow crack in the cliff. Continue upwards where you can choose to head either left or right to a rocky outcrop, overlooking the town below and the Liverpool Range in the north.

Distance 2.5km. Time 1.5 hours.

2. Scone Mountain – Scone

The car park for Scone Mountain is on the right-hand side of Noblet Rd and is only a 4 min drive from the Scone Visitor Information Centre. Scone Mountain is not for the faint-hearted but the views at the very top are worth the hard work. The gate is about the half way point and for most that is good enough. For those that continue to the top where the phone towers are, will be rewarded with amazing views looking out to the east with horse studs, Barrington Tops and Lake Glenbawn. On the way back down you will have a great view looking down over Scone were you will easily be able to spot some of the towns landmarks.

Distance 11.5km. Time 3 hours.

3. Lees Pinch – Merriwa

Just over 7km drive west along the Golden Highway from Merriwa is Ringwood Rd. Follow Ringwood Rd to the Lees Pinch carpark approx. 30 minute drive from the Golden Highway (some of this road is dirt, drive to the conditions). The Lees Pinch Lookout walking track is a well-marked and constructed 800m loop with three lookouts providing spectacular views over the rugged sandstone country of the Goulburn River National Park to the east and south. Take in the stunning and rugged terrain that lies below.

Distance 800m. Time 10 mins.

4. James Estate Ridge Walk - Baerami

James Estate winery is 10km along the Bylong Valley Way from Sandy Hollow. The Ridge Walk showcases the natural beauty of the region with striking views in all directions, overlooking James Estate winery, Wollemi National Park, Goulburn River National Park and Mount Dangar. The ridge walk is marked for hikers to self-guide to the top and can completed in 1.5 hours. Try it in the early morning and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing sunrise and glistening landscape while the afternoon will see a burst of color contrasts across the valley. The ridge walk and mountain bike tracks can be accessed by appointment only, PLEASE CALL (02) 6547 5168.

Distance 1.5km. Time 1.5 hours.

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