From any direction Merriwa is a great spot to take a rural adventure break.
On the Golden Highway halfway between Dubbo and Newcastle, Merriwa connects to Mudgee, Dunedoo and Dubbo in the west, and to Willow Tree in the north. Settled in 1839, Merriwa flourishes as an agricultural centre.
Merriwa has many fine examples of colonial architecture, from homesteads, courthouse and police station, to hotels and churches. Many of these can be discovered on th Merriwa Town Walk map available from Merriwa Visitor Information Centre. Be sure to visit the Old Colonial Cottage, originally built in 1847 and home to the Merriwa Historical Society and Museum.
Merriwa also offers a fascinating bottle museum with more than 5,000 bottles, ranging from handmade bottles and the round bottom torpedo bottles of the early 1800’s, to the famous marble stoppered cordial bottles of the 1870’s.
Not far from Merriwa is the Battery Rock a collection of spectacular basalt rock formations estimated to be around 35 million years old. These rock formations are a natural phenomenon, known as columnar jointing. They are basalt rocks formed from volcanic lava. This formation is fascinating and is a great place to stop for a picnic.