Four self drive touring routes, based around Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Sandy Hollow & Scone, (but travelling through a number of other towns and villages) have been have been designed to let you explore the rich variety of delights that Upper Hunter Country has to offer you, no matter where you are staying in Upper Hunter Country.
Upper Hunter Country ia a big area. It is approximately 18000 km2 of rich farming land, mountains and National Parks. There is magnificent scenery; many brooks and streams, starting in the surrounding ring of mountains, winding through their valleys into the Hunter River. Native flora and fauna abound in the many different ecosystems to be found throughout to region. Historic country towns, villages and hamlets are scattered throughout Upper Hunter Country.
Each Drive is outlined below.
An A3 copy of all drives and a map showing all 4 drives is available at all Upper Hunter Visitor Information Centres. You can also download a pdf file of the drive available at the end of each drives description below.
Scone - Gundy - Belltrees - Moonan Flat - Barrington Tops Circuit - Moonan flat - Belltrees - Scone
210 Kms (104 kms gravel road, suitable for all vehicles)
Note: In winter, some roads within Barrington Tops National Park maybe closed temporarily by snow. Check with Scone VIC, NPWS or police if in doubt.
Murrurundi - Timor - Gundy - Scone - Towarri National Park - Wingen - Burning Mountain - Murrurundi
136 Kms (30 kms gravel road, suitable for all vehicles)
Muswellbrook - Jerrys Plains - Denman - Wybong - Muswellbrook
150 Kms (all the roads are sealed (blacktop) and all weather)
Sandy Hollow - Baerami - Wollemi & Goulburn River National Parks - Merriwa - Sandy Hollow
150 kms (some 30km of gravel roads between Honeysuckle Creek picnic area and the Merriwa side of Goulburn River National Park, but suitable for all vehicles)
Driving Time : 3 hours