Just 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 Hunter is the ideal location.
Follow the M1 Motorway exiting at the Hunter Expressway M15 to the New England Highway and head north to Muswellbrook or follow Tourist Route 33 from the M1 towards Peats Ridge.
Alternatively, you can travel along the scenic Putty Road from Windsor through Yengo National Park and on to the Golden Highway to Denman or to Singleton and the New England Highway.
From the West
The main link to Upper Hunter Country from the west and central NSW is the Golden Highway leading from Dubbo into Merriwa.
From Canberra and the South
The Tablelands Way links to the newly sealed Bylong Valley Way via Bathurst, Sofala and Ilford. The Bylong Valley way is a fascinating drive through the Goulburn River National Park and joins the Golden Highway at Sandy Hollow.
From the North
Follow the New England Highway via Tamworth into Murrurundi or by the Fossiker’s Way via Nundle into Timor.
From the East Coast
Travel via Gloucester and over the Barrington Tops for a scenic journey leading into Scone. Alternatively, follow the Pacific Highway until it meets with the New England Highway at Hexham or cut across the countryside via Dungog, Gresford, Singleton and on to Muswellbrook.
From Newcastle Airport
Travel along Tomago Rd to the Pacific Hwy and then onto the New England Hwy heading towards Maitland. Turn onto the A1/John Renshaw Dr to get on the Hunter Expressway head north to Muswellbrook. For more information about Newcastle Airport and hire cars visit https://www.newcastleairport.com.au/