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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 10:49

Fun activities to do in the Upper Hunter during the winter school holidays!

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Need some ideas to entertain the kids these school holidays? Check out the list below for some great experiences and activities to do these holidays. Everything from wildlife and farm animal tours to outdoor and indoor activities and events happening in the Upper Hunter.

Devil in the Wild Tour – 2 and ½ hour tour of Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops. This once in a life time experience features a tour of the brand new Devil Ark Centre, complete with state of the art displays. The tour will then take in some devil enrichment; a special form of feeding which encourages wild behaviour, interaction with joeys born at Devil Ark earlier this year and a rare chance to become immersed in the devil's natural habitat by entering huge free range enclosures to witness wild devils in truly wild conditions. (Tour date Sunday 8 July. Limited spots available). Book tours HERE.

Or stay at Devil’s Retreat - Located just 11Kms from the amazing Devil Ark Site, your stay in our 4 bedroom retreat will get you in touch with your WILD side. With all of the essentials to ensure a relaxing getaway in the mountains, you’ll find yourself wishing to stay longer! A once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

Your stay includes: • 2 nights’ Accommodation • “Devils in the Wild” tour – a 2 ½ hour walking tour of the Devil Ark facility • Wild platypus viewing experience at dusk with guide For more information click HERE.

Upper Hunter Horse Stud Tours - Come on up! And see our world famous horse studs for yourself. It will be an experience you will never forget. All visitors are invited to experience for themselves the hidden beauty and magic of our stud farms their history and heritage and the champion horses they produce. Visitors are welcome at our studs but you must book ahead. To arrange a visit or tour please contact Upper Hunter Country Tours and Events on 0475 080 370 or Upper Hunter Tours on 0417 439 776 so that we can arrange a memorable experience. More info HERE.

Feel like you’re in Scotland at the Aberdeen Highland Games – Tartan will be everywhere on Saturday the 7th of July. Don’t miss the spectacular grand parade of the pipe bands and clans, the music and dancing, tug-a-war competition and other novelty games and crowd favourite, the Tartan Warriors, in the strong man challenge! Tickets available online or at the gate. Book tickets HERE.

Test your skills at GJ’s by the Lake - The place to be these school holidays is GJ's By the Lake! Lake Liddell Recreation Park just outside Muswellbrook will be open every day of the school holidays! There is something for all ages from rock climbing, laser tag, go karts and indoor skydiving. https://www.gjsbythelake.com/ 

Workshops at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre - FREE school holiday workshop for children from 5 to 14 years on Friday the 20th of July! Explore models in three dimensions these school holidays at the Arts Centre. Be inspired by the work of exhibiting artist Paul Selwood and make your own intuitive decisions around surface, form and space in creating small paper sculptures. Bookings are essential. To register call 02 6549 3800. 

Hire a bike in Scone - Pedal up! Explore Scone on two wheels these school holidays. Bike hire is available at the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre, 7 days a week. Call 6540 1300 or click HERE more information.

Visit an alpaca farm – Take the kids to Towarri Alpaca farm these school holidays. Balls of wool, raw fleece and felt pieces will also be for sale at the farm for those interested. The stud is located on the New England Highway just north of Scone and visitors are welcome on weekends by appointment. Click HERE for contact details. 

Catch a flick at the Muswellbrook Cinema – Muswellbrook Cinema is situated inside Muswellbrook District Workers Club in the heart of the Upper Hunter. This new twin cinema has comfortable seating with extra leg room of course and the optional extra of the VIP Platinum seating. Perfect to catch the latest movies out during the school holidays. More info HERE. 

Cheese fondue for 2 or for 4 at Hunter Belle Cheese Café – One of the Upper Hunter’s favourite local products is Hunter Belle. They make all of their own cheeses, fudge and gelato right here in the Upper Hunter and currently on their winter menu is fondue made with their special recipe melted cheese! More info HERE.

Visit a local market – There are a number of markets on during the school holidays across the Upper Hunter including Denman Famers Market 7th July, Scone Christmas in July Market 14th July, and Muswellbrook Market, 8th July. More info HERE.

Explore a National Park or two - The Upper Hunter is encircled by magnificent National Parks, Nature Reserves, Wilderness Areas and State Forests. Each park features something unique; whether it be the world heritage listed Barrington Tops; the never-ending burning coal seam of Burning Mountain; the picturesque landscape within Goulburn River National Park; or the cedar brush and Washpools of Towarri National Park. And let's not forget the largest wilderness area in NSW - Wollemi National Park. More info HERE.

So how many of the above are you planning to do?

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