Upper Hunter Country is dotted with small towns and villages, many feature historic highlights and opportunities to connect with nature. Follow our Self Drive Tours, which have been designed to let you explore the rich variety of delights that Upper Hunter Country has to offer, no matter where you are staying in the region.

Cassilis canola fields
Cassilis canola fields


West of Merriwa is the heritage-listed town of Cassilis. Settled in the 1830’s, Cassilis then covered a large area and was a base for the Local Police District and part of the Dalkeith Station.

Cassilis has many charming sandstone buildings, a museum, caravan park, bowling club, cafe and historic hotel. It is surrounded by fields of Canola in September.

Barrington Tops
Barrington Tops

Gundy, Moonan Flat & Barrington Tops

Gundy is home to the historic Linga Longa Inn Hotel. Lunch at the pub is one of the
most popular things to do in the Upper Hunter. The village of Gundy is on the Pages
River, and has a general store, historic church and a town hall which hosts a traditional
country Anzac Day service and the Gundy Ball in November.

Enjoy the wild, beautiful mountains of the Barrington Tops via the charming locality of
Moonan Flat, home to the iconic Victoria Hotel. Experience the history of the Victoria
Hotel, a meeting place in days gone by for everyone from bushrangers, gold miners,
horse-drawn coach travellers and shearers to landed gentry. Stay at the Moonan Flat
camping ground on the banks of the Hunter River.

Barrington Tops is a wild, magnificent world heritage listed park which includes the highest sub-alpine grasslands and swamp and is beautiful when there is snow.

Jerrys Plains is home to some substantial horse-breeding properties
Jerrys Plains is home to some substantial horse-breeding properties

Jerrys Plains

Jerrys Plains is about 33 kilometres west of Singleton on the Golden Highway. The surrounding countryside is home to some substantial horse-breeding properties, notably the Australian branch of Ireland’s giant Coolmore Stud, as well as viticulture and coal mining.

Doyle Street in Jerrys Plains has so many impressive buildings it has been classified by the National Trust. These buildings were all constructed around 1880 and include the sandstone teacher’s residence, the public school (1879) and the police station (1880).

Giants Leap, Sandy Hollow
Giants Leap, Sandy Hollow

Sandy Hollow

Sandy Hollow is a friendly rural village at the junction of the Golden Highway and The Bylong Valley Way on the Inland Adventure Trail.

The dramatic sandstone hills of the Giants Leap overshadow this quiet township which borders the Wollemi National Park between Denman and Merriwa. Located at the junction of the Golden Highway and the Bylong Valley Way, it is a great place to stop over and enjoy the natural landscape and hospitality of the country life.

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve


Wingen is a little village half way between Murrurundi and Scone on the New England Highway.

Wingen is known for the local “Burning Mountain” tourist attraction, a burning underground coal seam.

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