Known as the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’, Scone is halfway between Newcastle and Tamworth on the New England Highway.

The rural town is surrounded by world class thoroughbred horse studs and is rich in agricultural and equine activity. Scone is a great base for the local driving tours and has a town walk to discover many points of interest. Pick up a town walks brochure at the Visitor Information Centre.

Scone is surrounded by lush bushland including world heritage State and National parks and it is the ‘Gateway to the Barrington Tops’. Within a few kilometers of Scone, on Moobi Road, there is a petrified stump that is estimated to be 200 million years old. One of the best specimens in Australia, the tree was a type of Araucaria pine which is now extinct.

Every May is the Scone Horse Festival, a celebration of Scone’s cultural links to everything equine. The Festival kicks off with a parade in the main street. Then there is the rodeo, farrier competition, tent pegging, art exhibitions and regular horse stud tours which take place during the Festival.

The main event of the festival is the two day Scone Cup Carnival. The prestigious Scone Cup is one of the richest country racing days in Australia and the Friday is a half day public holiday in the region. In 2020 the Scone Horse Festival celebrates 40 years. It is sure to be one not to miss.



Cnr of Susan and Kelly St
Phone: (02) 6540 1300
Fax: (02) 6545 3089
the iconic Mare & Foal sculpture in Elizabeth Park
The iconic Mare & Foal sculpture in Elizabeth Park
Explore  & Experience
Scone Country Tours

Book your tour of a world class horse stud

Big Blue

Take a selfie with ‘Big Blue’ at Scone VIC

Scone Bike Hire

Hire a bike at Scone Information Centre – Temporarily Unavailable

Scone Washpools

Enjoy a picnic at the Washpools

RV Friendly Town

RV Friendly Town

Scone received its ‘RV Friendly’ status in February 2017. For those people visiting the area, casual parking can be found on the corner of Liverpool and Kelly Streets. Short term parking, however, is located at Scone Sports Club, for up to 24 hours. This is only available for self-contained vehicles and pets on leads are welcome. Both potable water and the dump point are located nearby on the corner of Kingdom and Aberdeen Streets.

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