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Friday, 04 August 2017 10:40

Rock on up! Wallabadah Rock

Wallabadah Rock has been one of the best-kept secrets in NSW. Wallabadah Rock is the second largest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere after Uluru. The rock is a large plug (959m high) of an extinct volcano. During October the rock is covered spectacular flowering rock orchids. It is an ominous…
Monday, 31 July 2017 15:31

Scone - Horse Capital of Australia

The origins of the Upper Hunter Valley’s thoroughbred breeding industry date back to the early 1800’s when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley. Scone has long been known as the home of thoroughbred racing and breeding in Australia…
We are having some lovely weather at the moment in the Upper Hunter, so why not hire a bike at the Scone Visitor Information Centre? We have lowered our hire fee, with prices starting at $5.00 for one hour. The Scone VIC is offering a bike hire service to visitors…
44th Muswellbrook Art Prize 12 March to 7 May 2017 | Opening 6pm Saturday 11 March 2017 The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown…
Art is flourishing in the Upper Hunter! Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre with the attached Artiste Cafe is a large public gallery open Tuesday to Sunday. Haydon Hall in Murrurundi is open Thursday to Sunday and is renowned for its delicious food. Michael Reid Murrurundi is a gallery and coffee shop…
Friday, 13 January 2017 11:17

Pays Flying Museum and Joy Flights

Pays are an Upper Hunter family owned business with over 50 years in aviation. Based at Scone Airport, Pays can provide all your aviation needs. The Pays flying Warbirds museum is a must see for aviation enthusiast and while you are there, look over Pays fleet of fire fighting aircraft…
Monday, 09 January 2017 12:00

Upper Hunter Country

Only a short 90 minute drive from Newcastle CBD and 3 hours from Sydney, the Upper Hunter Valley offers visitors a true country experience. If you are after a weekend break to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but don't want to venture too far then the Upper…
Friday, 09 December 2016 09:28

Rock Up! Two Rivers Sandstone Sculptures

The 'Custodians of the Landscape' sandstone sculpture collection was carved onsite at the Two Rivers vineyard in the winter of 2015 by renowned English artist Ben Dearnley. Ben has earned an international reputation for creating stunning sculptures in stone, bronze, slate and stained glass. He has complete many large-scale public…
Monday, 21 November 2016 15:37

Eat up! The Cottage Scone

A beautifully restored cottage built in the 1860s and nested in the main street of Scone is home to the Upper Hunter's newest restaurant - The Cottage. New Zealand-born chef Colin Selwood serves up his award winning signature dry aged, hormone free, grass fed beef. The meat is hung for…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:54

Drink up! Wineries of the Upper Hunter

The rich farmland and rolling hills of the Upper Hunter provide the ideal breeding ground for world-class premium viticulture, with the region producing wines of international acclaim. World renowned chardonnays, classic Hunter semillons and fresh vibrant verdelhos are among the white varieties the Upper Hunter has become famous for, while…
Monday, 07 November 2016 15:08

Trek on up! Upper Hunter Walks

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,…
Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00

Ride on up! Cycling in the Upper Hunter

The very best way to explore the Upper Hunter region is by bike. You'll ride past horse studs, dairy farms, wineries, beautiful scenery and some great rock formations. There are flat areas to explore close to town and challenging hills not too far away. There are several oops to suit…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Play up! Recreation Parks

The Upper Hunter region boast one of the best fishing spots in NSW with Lake Glenbawn. Ideal for all types of water sports from water skiing to canoeing, or even a swim. A jewel in the crown of the Upper Hunter. Located just 15 minutes from scone, Lake Glenbawn State…
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Escape up! to natural wilderness

Upper Hunter Country is surrounded by magnificent national parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas and state forests and each features something unique. The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia's World Heritage Area. Carved out of volcanic flows, the park…
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Come on up this October Long Weekend!

Only a short 90 minute drive from Newcastle CBD, the Upper Hunter Valley offers visitors a true country experience this October Long Weekend. Most of the Upper Hunter’s generous 8000 square kilometres is devoted to national parks and nature reserves and rural uses like grazing, cropping, dairy farming, and horse…
Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

Eat Up! Hunter Belle Cheese

Since its inception in 2004, Hunter Belle Cheese has grown considerably, now producing around 15 tonnes of cheese each year. Their unique handcrafted cheese are part of a select group of cheese factories referred to as "artisan", which means that the cheese is handmade with milk from one single herd…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:00

Sip Up! Hollydene Estate Wines

Hollydene Estate Wines lies just 10km west of Jerrys Plains and 20km east of the pretty little hub of Denman, gateway to the rich Upper Hunter Valley. The Hollydene and Wybong Estate vineyards are two of the oldest and most iconic vineyards in the Upper Hunter. Combined with the historic…
Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Tune up! Hitting the high notes

The Upper Hunter region is a vibrant place for participating in musical activities. The Scone Singers, Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) and the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music all contribute to a vibrant performing arts culture. In July 2016 MATS staged the much loved family musical The Sound of Music …
The origins of the Hunter Valley's thoroughbred breeding industry dates back to the early 1800's when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley. Nestled in the valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park and the Barrington Tops, protected by…
Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Ark Up! Visit our Tassie Devils

Visitors who have a soft spot for small endangered cuddly animals can embark on a sight-seeing adventure into the wilderness at Tomalla and witness nature first hand at Devil Ark. The Tasmanian devil conservation park is home to many devils, including a host of cute babies that are bred on…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

Brush up! Upper Hunter Art Scene

Art is flourishing in the Upper Hunter Country! Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (picture above), with the attached Artiste Cafe, is a large public gallery open Tuesday to Sunday and is renowned for its yummy food. Michael Reid Murrurundi is a gallery and coffee shop which exhibits stunning works from local,…
Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

Tee up! Golf in the Upper Hunter

If you are heading to the Upper Hunter for your next trip, don't forget to pack your golf clubs. There are seven golf courses within the region, all different styles and levels of difficulty. Muswellbrook, Scone, Aberdeen and Denman offer grass greens and watered fairways. Each have very different layouts…
'The sky is falling' by Michelle Carpenter-Kludas and Jihye Min Michael Reid at Murrurundi This joint exhibition by Michelle Carpenter-Kludas and Jihye Min draws inspiration from the English children's classic Henny Penny. Unlike the later, uplifting Americanised 'Chicken Little,' the original English fable, in which the birds are eaten by…
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

Levi & Diva, Devil Joeys at Devil Ark

Levi and Diva Check Levi and Diva having a run around on my bed. They are doing great and have already put on 100grams in weight and are having 4 bottle feeds a day. Posted by Devil Ark on Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Devil Ark Tours

Tours of Devil Ark are now available and run from September - May each year. Devil Ark is two hours drive from Scone, four hours from Newcastle and six hours from Sydney. The tour is fully escorted and runs for 2.5 hours and start with a tour of the Centre…
Beautiful music and the perfect place… The Caro String Quartet from Sydney weaved their magic at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre recently, capturing the attention of an audience from all around Upper Hunter Country. The Quartet are all members of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, including both the First and…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

A Widden Welcome...

The historic Widden Stud in the south west corner of Muswellbrook Shire provided an outstanding insight into the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry which is a major part of the economy in Upper Hunter Country. Widden Stud put out the welcome mat to well over 200 members of the public on Saturday…