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RV travellers welcomed in Upper Hunter towns

Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone are officially ‘RV friendly towns’.

Aberdeen is the most recent town in the Upper Hunter Shire to earn recognition from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) for having facilities aimed at those touring in self-contained recreational vehicles.

Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Business Enterprise and Tourism Manager, Sean Constable, said the ‘RV Friendly’ status offered great potential for the Upper Hunter.

“The Golden Highway and the New England Highway are both popular routes for RV travellers and this will help encourage them to stop, stay and spend in our towns,” Mr Constable said.

“RV Friendly status is key to accessing a tourism market estimated to be worth $2.5 billion annually across Australia. The number of registered RVs in Australia is expected to grow to more than 700,000 vehicles by 2020,” he said.

Aberdeen offers RV travellers short term parking at Abercairney Terrace Campsite. Free overnight parking is available for up to 24 hours and access to bins, water and covered seating is available. Potable water is also located on site and pets on leads are permitted. A dump point can be found at Taylor Park, on Macqueen Street.

Scone received its ‘RV Friendly’ status in February 2017 with the installation of potable water and a dump point on the corner of Aberdeen and Kingdon streets. It offers casual parking in Campbells Corner car park and overnight parking is located at Scone Sports Club, for up to 24 hours for self-contained vehicles.

Merriwa provides 24 hour parking for self-contained vehicles at no cost in Sollys Lane, behind the Visitors Information Centre. Potable water and a dump point are outside the caravan park on Dutton Street.

Murrurundi offers casual and short term parking as well as a dump point in Wilson Memorial Park.

For more information about RV Friendly Towns visit and for more about tourism attractions in the Upper Hunter visit

Wayne Bedggood MAYOR

For further comment: Business Enterprise and Tourism Manager, Sean Constable 0428 659 705


Published in News
Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Light it up! in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Light up your business for Christmas

The big man in red is not too far away, and the Upper Hunter Shire Council is encouraging businesses across the Shire to get into the spirit by decorating their shopfronts!

All businesses and retailers in the town centres of Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone are invited to participate in the ‘Light it up’ competition for the ‘most festive’ shop front and/or window display. The competition will run from Monday, 16 November 2015 through to 6.00pm on Saturday, 19 December 2015.

The competition is open to all businesses located along the main streets and surrounding streets in Upper Hunter Shire’s four major towns. All entries must be received by close of business on Friday 27 November and should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The competition will be judged by a panel of local people selected for their experience in marketing, brand, design and display. Judging will take place the week commencing 13 December 2015; during this week entrants will be required to leave their displays lit up until 10.00pm each night.

If you are a Facebook member you can keep an eye on what is happening in the competition by ‘liking’ the Scone Visitor Information Centre’s Facebook page. Just log into your account and search for ‘Scone Visitor Information Centre’.

The winners for the four townships will be announced at the Scone Neighbourhood Centre’s ‘Christmas in the Park’ event by Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor, Wayne Bedggood. This event will be held in Elizabeth Park, Scone on the evening of Saturday 19 December 2015.

The four contestants that win the competition will go home with a lovely hamper full of Upper Hunter goods.

The name of the winning businesses will also be announced through the Upper Hunter Country Tourism e-newsletter, the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s e-newsletter and also through social media channels.

To sign up for the Upper Hunter Country Tourism e-newsletter, visit and for the Upper Hunter Shire Council e-newsletter, visit and scroll to the bottom of the page.

For further information, please contact Jan Sinclair, Tourism and Events Coordinator on 02 6540 1300.

Wayne Bedggood MAYOR

Published in Events & Festivals