Merriwa is situated on the Golden Highway approximately 2 hours from Tamworth, Newcastle, Mudgee and Dubbo. It is the ideal place for a stopover.
Settled in 1839, Merriwa flourishes as an agricultural centre. The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces celebrates this rich agricultural history and is held on the June Long Weekend each year.
Merriwa has many fine examples of colonial architecture, from homesteads, courthouses and police stations, to hotels and churches. Many of these can be discovered on the Merriwa Town Walk. Copies of the walk can be obtained 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 not only offers the historical museum but also a fascinating Bottle Museum. The Bottle Museum contains in excess of 5,000 bottles, ranging from hand made bottles with specially moulded neck pieces and the round bottom torpedo bottles of the early 1800s, to the famous marble stoppered cordial bottles of the 1870s. The collection was donated to the district by local residents and contains many rare and interesting bottles.
The Battery Rock is 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 and have a break. Visitors will find a picnic area with toilet facilities.
While in town why not:
- Visit the Old Colonial Cottage, originally built in 1847 and home to the Merriwa Historical Society and Museum.
- Discover more history as you follow the Town Walk.
- Sample local produce including award winning Rosto Olive Oil and free range Merrifield Farm Pork.
- Rest at The Battery - a picnic area surrounded by spectacular basalt rock formations estimated to be around 35 million years old.
- Take a drive to the Goulburn River National Park to explore 'The Drip' and 'Hands on Rock'.