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 studs.
Before you even leave the highway you will see cows, sheep and goats grazing and horses galloping in the fields.
Experience some of the most diverse environments in Australia from western grasslands to Alpine forests, subtropical zones and a wide variety of national parks and wilderness where you can truly ‘get lost’.
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 Hunter is the ideal location.
The Upper Hunter boasts one of the best fishing spots in NSW at Lake Glenbawn. There’s also space for water sports from swimming to water skiing, some great picnic spots and a range of accommodation options in Lake Glenbawn State Park.
Up in the Barrington Tops you can really escape with no mobile reception – guaranteeing you can switch off from the office for the weekend!
If wilderness isn’t your thing then you can go on a horse stud tour, enjoy a long lunch or a cheese platter for two at one of our wineries or visit some of our many art galleries the region has to offer.
While you're here why not check out one or more of the many events taking place over the long weekend such as;
Check out our events page for more details.
Whether you are travelling to somewhere else or looking for a short break, the region offers an enticing variety of activities for this October Long Weekend.
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Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces is on this June Long Weekend!
Festival of the Fleeces is celebrating 25 years this weekend at Merriwa with 3 days of family fun and entertainment. The Festival is Merriwa's largest event attracting over 5000 visitors from all over the state who come to experience the country event. For the 25th year, the traditional Running of the Sheep will lead the Saturday parade which is a sight not to miss, with 200 hundred sheep in red socks run down the main street in Merriwa.
All day Saturday there will be plenty to do and see with exhibitions of knitting, wool spinning, shearing, vintage vehicle display, working sheep dogs and blacksmithing, team penning challenge, live music and around 150 market stalls including home made produce, arts and craft, face painting and food and coffee! There is also loads for the kids to do with the Kids Corner on the corner of Bettington & Vennacher Street. Activities for the kids include the ROAR Petting Zoo, GJ's Laser Tag, mini Jeep rides, jumping castle, reptile show, Sparkles the Clown and lots more. Saturday will end with Kaboom Fireworks around 6pm and afterwards it is the Battle of the Sexes Cut Out Competition.
Sunday starts off with the Sheep Yard Dog Trials and the Upper Hunter Team penning. At 9am enjoy the 2 hour entertaining Bush Poets Breakfast with the world's best Bush Poet Carol Heuchan. League Tag from 11am onwards will involve the Merriwa team taking on rivals Denman.
All of the money raised from the Festival is donated to the Westpac Rescue helicopter Service and Merriwa Volunteer Rescue Association who provide essential services in the region.
The full festival program is available at the Scone and Merriwa Visitor Information Centres.
For more information contact the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre on 6521 7046.