Explore the historical and natural secrets of the Upper Hunter Country by foot and take in the magnificent scenery and historic sites. The rich history and stunning countryside throughout the region is a major part of what makes the Upper Hunter a truly unique place to visit.
In Aberdeen, Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone you can embark on a heritage walk in each town and discover hidden secrets from the past. For instance, between 1857 and 1949 some government departments spelled the name "Musclebrook", whist others spelled it "Muswellbrook", and dis you know, The Scone Civic Theatre is of State significance as the last remaining intact art deco theatre designed by prominent theatre architects, Crick and Furse in New South Wales? Historical Town Guides can be collected from all Visitor Information Centres in the Upper Hunter.
While you are in the Upper Hunter, exploring the natural surroundings is an absolute must! The various National Parks and Reserves allow you to appreciate the great outdoors that the Upper Hunter has to offer, with abundant native wildlife, flora and fauna and glorious views of the land that is Upper Hunter Country.
Take a day trip to immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. The Tops is an unspoilt wilderness covering more than 83,000 hectares with easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots waiting for you to discover. Between Scone and Murrurundi, is the home of Australia's only naturally burnign coal seam, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, which is packed with scenic views, birdwatching and picnicking opportunities as well as a two hour return walk.
Nested between Muswellbrook, Merriwa and Mudgee is the Goulburn River National Park honeycombed with caves and sandstone cliffs creating an oasis of walking trails along the sandy river banks of the Goulburn River. Deep canyons, rocky cliff faces and free range forest characterise NSW's largest wilderness area right here in the Upper Hunter - Wollemi National Park. Take a take along Bylong Valley Way down the Widden Valley to appreciate nature at its best.
Extended walks and tours can be organised by contacting National Parks and Wildlife Services at Scone on 6540 2300 or visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.