While we have been stuck at home, some of us have found it extremely difficult to sooth that travel itch. Our social media posts became daily ‘Throwback Thursday’ or ‘Flashback Friday’. Waiting for the day when we can travel again and share new content.
So when we received the news that New South Wales will open for travel again at the beginning of next month, we were jumping for joy!
We have put together a list of some of the top spots in the Upper Hunter for the perfect Instagram photos.
The Swinging Suspension Bridge – Murrurundi
This lovely old suspension bridge in Murrurundi, was built before World War I and is one of a few left in good condition in New South Wales. It crosses the Pages River which has been dry for many months due to the drought until just recently it started to run again.
Swinging Bridge – Murulla Street, Murrurundi
Photo credit @shayleehancock (IG)
GrainCorp Silo Art – Merriwa
Completed in April 2019, the Merriwa silos was listed as the 29th silo to be included in the Australian Silo Art Trail. The silo art was painted by artist David Periera using 160 litres of primer and 280 litres of paint. The design was created by artist Sid Tapia who consulted with locals including school children, in 2017. The sheep in red socks represents Merriwa’s annual Festival of the Fleeces and it’s main attraction “The Running of the Sheep” in red socks.
GrainCorp Silos – Hacketts Road Merriwa
Photo credit @karstanandmaxine (IG)
The Firs – Stewarts Brook State Forest, Barrington Tops
One word to describe The Firs picnic area…magical! Beautiful on warm days and a wonderland on snow days. The way the sunlight shines through the pine trees, makes you feel as though you have been transported to somewhere in Canada. The Firs is located on the west side of Barrington Tops and is a 30 minute drive from Moonan Flat on unsealed road.
The road is suitable for all vehicles, however not during winter when there is a chance of ice and snow on the road and therefore only suitable for 4×4. Please note that during winter, police and NPWS may close the road due to dangerous conditions so please check NP website first.
The Firs – Stewarts Brook State Forest
Photo credit @team.molineaux (IG)
Pukara Estate Olive Grove – Denman
Take a walk among the 20,000 olive trees at Pukara Estate near Denman. While you are there, taste the full Pukara experience, you can enjoy a complete tasting of all their products. Enjoy a coffee and cake in the quiet surrounds of the grove. Take the opportunity to see and learn more about the olive press and vinegar production.
Pukara Estate – Denman Rd Denman
Photo credit @shayleehancock (IG)
Lees Pinch Lookout – Goulburn River National Park
Time to follow the dirt road and to put the walking shoes on because the view from Lees Pinch lookout is well worth the trip to get the pic. You will be rewarded with spectacular views over the outstanding Goulburn River National Park. Three different viewing areas offer scenic views of the lush forest and Goulburn River flowing through a sandstone gorge; this place is a gem.
Head west along the Golden Highway from Merriwa and then turn left onto RIngwood Rd. Follow Ringwood Rd which become Wollara Rd, leading you to the lookout car park.
Less Pinch Lookout – Goulburn RIver NP, Merriwa
Photo credit @nd21189 (IG)
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