Self Drive Tours

Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country

Self Drive Tours

Merriwa Merriwa

Upper Hunter Country Self Drive ToursFour 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.


Drive 1

Scone - Gundy - Belltrees - Moonan Flat - Barrington Tops Circuit - Moonan flat - Belltrees - Scone

  • Barrington Tops National Park & World Heritage Wilderness Area  
  • Magnificent Forests       
  • Wildlife     
  • Spectacular Sweeping Vistas
  • Picturesque Rivers
  • Historic Homesteads 
  • Pastoral Views       
  • Horse Studs 
  • Tiny Hamlets 
  • Delightful Picnic Areas
  • Diverse Walks

210 Kms (104 kms gravel road, suitable for all vehicles)
Driving Time : 3.5 hours

Download PDF of complete drive

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.


Drive 2

Murrurundi - Timor - Gundy - Scone - Towarri National Park - Wingen - Burning Mountain - Murrurundi

  • Historic rural towns, Villages and Homesteads  
  • Horse Studs    
  • Pastoral Scenery 
  • Picturesque river valleys
  • National Parks,  

  • Burning Mountain  

  • Wildlife (sightings possible along much of the drive)

136 Kms (30 kms gravel road, suitable for all vehicles)
Driving Time : 2 hours and 20 minutes

Download PDF of complete drive


Drive 3

Muswellbrook - Jerrys Plains - Denman - Wybong - Muswellbrook

  • Spectacular Scenery
  • Picturesque farming countryside
  • Historic country towns and villages
  • Open cut mines
  • Wineries      
  • Olive Grove
  • Fish Farm
  • Horse Studs

150 Kms (all the roads are sealed (blacktop) and all weather)
Driving Time : 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Drive 4

Sandy Hollow - Baerami - Wollemi & Goulburn River National Parks - Merriwa - Sandy Hollow

  • Spectacular scenery 
  • Sandstone Escarpments     
  • Goulburn River & Wollemi National Parks    
  • Wineries
  • Country Towns       
  • Rural Villages 
  • Wildlife sightings possible along much of the drive
  • Horse studs

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

Download PDF of complete drive

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