Artwork is on display throughout Upper Hunter Country. Resident Artists, galleries and frequent workshops add to the allure of Murrurundi, a haven for artists escaping the frenzy of city life.

Enjoy a visit to the Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery and admire the exhibitions on display from local and regional artists. Appreciate Australian art work at various art shows including the Norville Art Prize in Murrurundi and the Banool Art Prize in Scone.

Bike Hire

Bike Hire

The very best way to explore Scone is by bike. The Scone Visitor Information Centre offers bike hire to visitors and locals who are keen to discover the town on two wheels. There are several loops to suit road cyclists from beginners through to seasoned professionals. Adults and children’s bikes are available for hire 7 days a week.

Pop into the centre or call (02) 6540 1300 for more information about hiring a bike.



Upper Hunter Country has many golf courses – one in each town almost. Muswellbrook has a fantatic 18 hole course and many of the motels in the area provide golf packages with accommodation included.

There are tennis courts and football fields so make sure you bring your sporting equipment along with you on your holiday so you can hire a tennis court or go down to the local football park for a fun game with friends.



Bushwalkers will love Upper Hunter Country. Try these trails for some hiking adventures.

  • Burning Mountain Reserve – see the geological effects of the naturally burning coal seam.
  • Hike through Paradise Park and be rewarded with spectacular views overlooking Murrurundi.
  • The Giants Leap Walk showcases the natural beauty of the region overlooking Sandy Hollow. Access walk through Sandy Hollow Tourist Park.
  • Visit Barrington Tops National Park has plenty of great bush walks, pick up at map at the Scone Visitor Centre.
Water Activities

Water Activities

Cool off in the waters of Lake Glenbawn. Boat ramps are available at the lake. Bring the power boat, sailboard or Jet Ski and enjoy a family day out.

Hire a canoe at Lake Glenbawn or bring your Kayak to use in the Hunter River or up in the streams of the Barrington Tops. Bring the Fishing gear – an abundance of fish is available at Lakes Glenbawn . You’ll find top Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Trout and Catfish hiding in the depths of the waters.



There is plenty of fresh local produce for you to enjoy and buy. There are many places to purchase home made honey or jams. Maybe you would like to pick your own fresh fruit or olives from an assortment of orchids or taste some of the famous fetta belle cheese from Hunter Belle Cheese.

There are many boutique restaurants available for a nice night out or you can drive along our farm gate trails to purchase some fresh produce.



There are no shortage of gift shops located in each town – small or large – for the visitor to browse. Muswellbrook major market places with well known stores, however, the littler towns scattered throughout the area have fantastic and interesting gift stores ranging from country gifts, antiques and artistic crafts.

Murrurundi is well known for it’s shops, galleries and eateries along Mayne St and is popular for weekend visitors to find hidden gems.




Upper Hunter Country is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. See Tasmanian Devils in Barrington Tops National Park at Devil Ark. Discover how Devil Ark is helping save the endangered Tassie Devil.

Surrounded by National Parks, it houses many threatened species including the Rufous Scrub Bird, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Davies Tree Frog, Yellow Bellied Glider and Hasting River Mouse. It is also home to kangaroo’s, koala’s, goanna’s, wallabie’s, echidna’s and wombat’s.

Come and view all these amazing animals and enjoy a stay in the Upper Hunter Country.


Grab your bicycle and challenge yourself on these scenic rides, recommended by local cycling enthusiasts for their safety, beauty, challenges and amenities en-route.

Each map starts from Scone, however there is plenty of parking and accommodation at all of the destinations on these maps, making it convenient for  you to start where you like! Pack plenty of food, water and spare tubes for your journey as some of these roads can be quite remote.

Great Rides of the Upper Hunter A4 Cycle Map

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