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This year marks the 35th year since Elizabeth Park’s iconic Mare and Foal statue was unveiled and the occasion was fittingly celebrated at the August Scone Country Markets with the theme the ‘Horses’ Birthday’. The statue was unveiled on 3 March, 1982 by the Hon Eric Bedford and cost about…
Friday, 04 August 2017 10:40

Rock on up! Wallabadah Rock

Wallabadah Rock has been one of the best-kept secrets in NSW. Wallabadah Rock is the second largest monolith in the Southern Hemisphere after Uluru. The rock is a large plug (959m high) of an extinct volcano. During October the rock is covered spectacular flowering rock orchids. It is an ominous…
Monday, 31 July 2017 15:31

Scone - Horse Capital of Australia

The origins of the Upper Hunter Valley’s thoroughbred breeding industry date back to the early 1800’s when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley. Scone has long been known as the home of thoroughbred racing and breeding in Australia…
Not for profit organisation Devil Ark, an insurance population breeding program to help save the Tasmanian devil is celebrating with the announcement of the first Eastern quoll joeys born at the Barrington Tops breeding facility. In 2016 Devil Ark opened its doors to another endangered species, the Eastern quoll, with…
We are having some lovely weather at the moment in the Upper Hunter, so why not hire a bike at the Scone Visitor Information Centre? We have lowered our hire fee, with prices starting at $5.00 for one hour. The Scone VIC is offering a bike hire service to visitors…
Not for profit conservation organisation Devil Ark, a breeding facility to avert the extinction of the endangered Tasmanian devil, is reveling in the success of another record breaking season. Four month old Tasmanian devil joeys have had their first health check at Devil Ark this morning with the state-of-the-art conservation…
Over forty business and tourism operators got together last Wednesday at an Upper Hunter Country Tourism (UHCT) ‘meet and mingle’ held at the Thoroughbred Hotel. UHCT President Steve Tilse said it was vital that businesses, community committees and local council worked cooperatively to promote the Upper Hunter region. “This is…
Around five thousand people enjoyed the ‘true blue’ atmosphere of the Merriwa Rosto Festival of the Fleeces over the long weekend. The town was decorated in true blue fashion with Merriwa Pharmacy winning first prize in the window decorations competition, followed by Merriwa Sports Club and the newsagency News Xpress.…
Closed areas: Annual winter closure of 4WD trails on Barrington Tops 4WD trails on Barrington Tops will be closed to all vehicles from 1 June 2017 to 1 October 2017 for annual seasonal closure. The closed trails are: Barrington trail (south and north) Paddys Ridge trail Butchers Swamp trail Bullock…
Cycle to the Scone Cup… or TAFE A new bicycle path has been created from Satur out to the Scone Race Club in time for the Scone Cup this Friday (12 May 2017). The 2.2m wide asphalt path stretches almost 800 metres from Gray Street to Flemington Drive. The project…
RV travellers welcomed in Upper Hunter towns Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone are officially ‘RV friendly towns’. Aberdeen is the most recent town in the Upper Hunter Shire to earn recognition from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) for having facilities aimed at those touring in self-contained recreational…
Rodeo royalty on show at Scone Charity Rodeo Australian champions and reality TV stars to saddle up for the 85th annual rodeo in Scone May 02 2017: The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo is on this Saturday May 6 at White Park in Scone with the main event kicking off at…
Scone Charity Rodeo celebrates 85 years in 2017 The Ausure Scone Charity Rodeo is back on Saturday May 6 with White Park in Scone once again playing host for the best rodeo in the country. In 2017 the event is celebrating its 85th year since the first rodeo was held,…
Public Holiday Opening Hours for Upper Hunter Restaurants The Cottage Scone Good Friday: Closed Easter Saturday: Open for lunch & dinner Easter Sunday: Open for lunch & dinner Easter Monday: Closed ANZAC Day: Closed Hunter Belle Cheese (Muswellbrook) Good Friday: Closed Easter Saturday: Open Easter Sunday: Open Easter Monday: Open…
44th Muswellbrook Art Prize 12 March to 7 May 2017 | Opening 6pm Saturday 11 March 2017 The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown…
Monday, 20 February 2017 14:31

Stand up comedy with Uncle Nath

Uncle Nath is letting out the pain with his new show Dads Have Feeling Too - and you can witness the pain when he brings his show to the Upper Hunter. The show is an explosive ride - but even as Uncle Nath endures constant defeat at every turn, you'll…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:57

'Run for Olivia' - Family Fun Run & Markets

“Run for Olivia” March markets move to Sports Complex for Family Fun Run and fundraiser A four kilometre Fun Run and community markets will be held Saturday, 11 March 2017 at the Bill Rose Sports Complex in Scone to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual global event which recognises…
For spectators, the ability to get close to the action provides a thrill not experienced in large arenas. You are literally just metre from all events! Nestled at the foothills of the Liverpool Range and bounded by the Pages River, The Rosedale Horse Complex offers the perfect location for the…
Art is flourishing in the Upper Hunter! Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre with the attached Artiste Cafe is a large public gallery open Tuesday to Sunday. Haydon Hall in Murrurundi is open Thursday to Sunday and is renowned for its delicious food. Michael Reid Murrurundi is a gallery and coffee shop…
Friday, 13 January 2017 11:17

Pays Flying Museum and Joy Flights

Pays are an Upper Hunter family owned business with over 50 years in aviation. Based at Scone Airport, Pays can provide all your aviation needs. The Pays flying Warbirds museum is a must see for aviation enthusiast and while you are there, look over Pays fleet of fire fighting aircraft…
2017 Country Championships Launched in 2015, the inaugural Country Championships proved a resounding success for the racing industry and generated unprecedented interest and coverage. An initiative of Racing NSW and supported by the Government of NSW, The Country Championships was created to support and promote NSW racing in country areas,…
Monday, 09 January 2017 12:00

Upper Hunter Country

Only a short 90 minute drive from Newcastle CBD and 3 hours from Sydney, the Upper Hunter Valley offers visitors a true country experience. If you are after a weekend break to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but don't want to venture too far then the Upper…
A stylish new publication for the Upper Hunter was launched last week, at the Upper Hunter Country Tourism (UHCT) annual general meeting. The 68 page visitor guide promotes events, attractions, and activities from festivals to National Parks, in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires and also includes town maps, accommodation…
Friday, 09 December 2016 09:28

Rock Up! Two Rivers Sandstone Sculptures

The 'Custodians of the Landscape' sandstone sculpture collection was carved onsite at the Two Rivers vineyard in the winter of 2015 by renowned English artist Ben Dearnley. Ben has earned an international reputation for creating stunning sculptures in stone, bronze, slate and stained glass. He has complete many large-scale public…
Monday, 28 November 2016 14:37

Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2016

The Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are an annual competition which offers local artists from Muswellbrook, Singleton, and Upper Hunter Shires the opportunity to show off the cream of their work from the past twelve months. A total prize value of $6,000 is split over six disciplines. Each year a different…
Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:47

Michael Reid at Murrurundi

Michelle Kludas - Emerging November - December 2016 In Michelle Kludas’ new body of work, the paintings spring to life, emerging from the darkness. The artist’s confident hand shapes each critter with a few deft gestures of a white oil bar. This under-sketch remains visible, highlighting the process which created…
Monday, 21 November 2016 15:37

Eat up! The Cottage Scone

A beautifully restored cottage built in the 1860s and nested in the main street of Scone is home to the Upper Hunter's newest restaurant - The Cottage. New Zealand-born chef Colin Selwood serves up his award winning signature dry aged, hormone free, grass fed beef. The meat is hung for…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:54

Drink up! Wineries of the Upper Hunter

The rich farmland and rolling hills of the Upper Hunter provide the ideal breeding ground for world-class premium viticulture, with the region producing wines of international acclaim. World renowned chardonnays, classic Hunter semillons and fresh vibrant verdelhos are among the white varieties the Upper Hunter has become famous for, while…
Monday, 07 November 2016 15:08

Trek on up! Upper Hunter Walks

Explore the historical and natural secrets of the Upper Hunter Country by foot and take in the magnificent scenery and historic sites. The rich history and stunning countryside throughout the region is a major part of what makes the Upper Hunter a truly unique place to visit. In Aberdeen, Denman,…
Monday, 24 October 2016 00:00

Read up! Scone Literary Long Weekend

The Scone Literary Long Weekend will be held on the first weekend in November, starting Friday 4th and running through to Sunday 6th at the Scone Arts and Crafts Hall. Coined by local broadcaster and writer Phillip Adams, "Maintain the Page" is the motto for this rural writers and readers…
Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00

Ride on up! Cycling in the Upper Hunter

The very best way to explore the Upper Hunter region is by bike. You'll ride past horse studs, dairy farms, wineries, beautiful scenery and some great rock formations. There are flat areas to explore close to town and challenging hills not too far away. There are several oops to suit…
Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Play up! Recreation Parks

The Upper Hunter region boast one of the best fishing spots in NSW with Lake Glenbawn. Ideal for all types of water sports from water skiing to canoeing, or even a swim. A jewel in the crown of the Upper Hunter. Located just 15 minutes from scone, Lake Glenbawn State…
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Escape up! to natural wilderness

Upper Hunter Country is surrounded by magnificent national parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas and state forests and each features something unique. The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia's World Heritage Area. Carved out of volcanic flows, the park…
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Come on up this October Long Weekend!

Only a short 90 minute drive from Newcastle CBD, the Upper Hunter Valley offers visitors a true country experience this October Long Weekend. Most of the Upper Hunter’s generous 8000 square kilometres is devoted to national parks and nature reserves and rural uses like grazing, cropping, dairy farming, and horse…
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 00:00

It's almost here! Blue Heeler Film Festival

The short film entries are in, the movie choices are finalised, and the judges are putting a whole lot of popcorn in their faces. The final countdown to the 2016 Blue Heeler Film Festival has begun! Our three judges are viewing the short film entries in all categories this week.…
Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

Eat Up! Hunter Belle Cheese

Since its inception in 2004, Hunter Belle Cheese has grown considerably, now producing around 15 tonnes of cheese each year. Their unique handcrafted cheese are part of a select group of cheese factories referred to as "artisan", which means that the cheese is handmade with milk from one single herd…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:00

Sip Up! Hollydene Estate Wines

Hollydene Estate Wines lies just 10km west of Jerrys Plains and 20km east of the pretty little hub of Denman, gateway to the rich Upper Hunter Valley. The Hollydene and Wybong Estate vineyards are two of the oldest and most iconic vineyards in the Upper Hunter. Combined with the historic…
Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Tune up! Hitting the high notes

The Upper Hunter region is a vibrant place for participating in musical activities. The Scone Singers, Muswellbrook Amateur Theatrical Society (MATS) and the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music all contribute to a vibrant performing arts culture. In July 2016 MATS staged the much loved family musical The Sound of Music …
The origins of the Hunter Valley's thoroughbred breeding industry dates back to the early 1800's when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley. Nestled in the valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park and the Barrington Tops, protected by…
Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Ark Up! Visit our Tassie Devils

Visitors who have a soft spot for small endangered cuddly animals can embark on a sight-seeing adventure into the wilderness at Tomalla and witness nature first hand at Devil Ark. The Tasmanian devil conservation park is home to many devils, including a host of cute babies that are bred on…
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

Brush up! Upper Hunter Art Scene

Art is flourishing in the Upper Hunter Country! Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (picture above), with the attached Artiste Cafe, is a large public gallery open Tuesday to Sunday and is renowned for its yummy food. Michael Reid Murrurundi is a gallery and coffee shop which exhibits stunning works from local,…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Flock on up! Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

Do not miss out on a place at some of the most popular Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces events during the long weekend festival - 10 to 12 June 2016. The Merriwa Tyre & Service Centre ‘Fashions of the Fleeces’ First Night includes a fashion parade - supported by Australian…
It is touted as the Hunter's best street party. So, on the first Saturday in May, tempt your taste buds at the Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair in Denman. Fantastic gourmet stalls from local producers and restaurants line Ogilvie Street, while the regions wineries offer tastings and great deals.…
The Scone & Upper Hunter horse Festival, which will run from the 5th to the 15th of May 2016, showcases the versatility of the horse and is sure to provide everyone with an opportunity to experience something completely different. This year's festival is themed 'Horses go to Rio' in celebration…
Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

Tee up! Golf in the Upper Hunter

If you are heading to the Upper Hunter for your next trip, don't forget to pack your golf clubs. There are seven golf courses within the region, all different styles and levels of difficulty. Muswellbrook, Scone, Aberdeen and Denman offer grass greens and watered fairways. Each have very different layouts…
Thursday, 18 February 2016 00:00

Horse Terminology For Beginners

Horse people have their own specialised vocabulary, like most hobbies or occupations. Some of these words are familiar to non-horsemen, but most are understood by few. Some can even be a source of confusion to the non-initiate. Here are a number of terms used in the Upper Hunter Thoroughbred Industry…
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Devil Ark released healthy Devils into Tasmania

Another huge milestone for Devil Ark! 22 Tasmanian Devils bred in the Barrington Tops left Scone airport at 10am today to be released into a disease-free area of Tasmania. This will be the first group from Devil Ark to be release into this area, in an attempt to increase genetic…
Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Light it up! in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Light up your business for Christmas The big man in red is not too far away, and the Upper Hunter Shire Council is encouraging businesses across the Shire to get into the spirit by decorating their shopfronts! All businesses and retailers in the town centres of Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and…
'The sky is falling' by Michelle Carpenter-Kludas and Jihye Min Michael Reid at Murrurundi This joint exhibition by Michelle Carpenter-Kludas and Jihye Min draws inspiration from the English children's classic Henny Penny. Unlike the later, uplifting Americanised 'Chicken Little,' the original English fable, in which the birds are eaten by…
Friday, 25 September 2015 00:00

2016 Upper Hunter Events

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

Levi & Diva, Devil Joeys at Devil Ark

Levi and Diva Check Levi and Diva having a run around on my bed. They are doing great and have already put on 100grams in weight and are having 4 bottle feeds a day. Posted by Devil Ark on Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Step in to artist's shoes

If you have always wondered what the life of an artist is like then Arts Upper Hunter has a seminar for you. Local art fans will have the chance to hear directly from a number of artists about what life is like as an artist. The Arts Upper Hunter's Artist…
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 00:00

2015 Aberdeen Highland Games Wrap Up

A record crowd of more than 5000 poured through the gates for the 16th Aberdeen Highland Games. Spectacular sunshine greeted those who'd travelled far and wide for the Scottish festival. Sixteen bands travelled from across the state, winning huge applause for their performances in individual competitions and in the massed…
Upcoming Race Meetings at Scone Race Club Friday 17 July, 2015 Sunday 9 August, 2015 Friday 28 August, 2015 - HTBA Protect Our Industry Race Day Friday 25 September, 2015 - Tradies Day Friday 16 October, 2015 Tuesday 27 October, 2015 Monday 23 November, 2015 - Australian Hotels Association Race…
Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

Scone Country Markets

Scone Country Markets are on again this Saturday the 13th of June from 8.30-2.00pm. There is a variety of arts and crafts stalls as well as the Simpson Variety Bash Car...get a photo with the Simpsons! The markets are held on the front lawn of the Scone Visitor Information &…
Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces is on this June Long Weekend! Festival of the Fleeces is celebrating 25 years this weekend at Merriwa with 3 days of family fun and entertainment. The Festival is Merriwa's largest event attracting over 5000 visitors from all over the state who come to experience…
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

The Upper Hunter Shire Region

Our Region, Striving to provide a quality rural lifestyle, the Upper Hunter has grown to become a leader in regional NSW. Steeped in the history of country NSW, the hills and flats of the shire are the place to be for spectacular festivals and ideal rural surroundings. Encompassing the towns…
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Short Circuit Cancer Hunter Valley

GET ACTIVE IN YOUR SUPPORT On Sunday 23 November 2014, James Estate - Baerami is hosting Short Circuit Cancer – a six-hour mountain bike relay to raise funds for local charity CanTeen, who work to support young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. It's a family…
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Devil Ark Tours

Tours of Devil Ark are now available and run from September - May each year. Devil Ark is two hours drive from Scone, four hours from Newcastle and six hours from Sydney. The tour is fully escorted and runs for 2.5 hours and start with a tour of the Centre…
Beautiful music and the perfect place… The Caro String Quartet from Sydney weaved their magic at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre recently, capturing the attention of an audience from all around Upper Hunter Country. The Quartet are all members of the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, including both the First and…
Organisers of the inaugural Scone Literary Long weekend say the event was such a success, they are in no doubt it will be held again next year. Hundreds attended a range of events across the weekend, including a debate on the Future of the Printed Word and a historic walk…
Hi there all, we are Terry and Denise Park from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Winning the Dometic Follow the Sun competition has given us the opportunity to explore this great part of New South Wales! Upper Hunter Country has so many surprises. Sandy Hollow is a small country town…
The Devil Ark Advocates and three cute Tasmanian joeys will be appearing at the Global Village Motorfest from 9am – 2pm on Sunday 9th November 2014.At the Global Village Motorfest and Fair, enjoy the cars, motorbikes, trucks, stationary motors and military vehicles. Trade and produce stalls, food and refreshments will…
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Happy Campers Follow the Sun

Lucky Queenslanders, Denise and Terry Park are making the most of the fantastic prize they won at a recent Caravan & Camping Show. The couple have been on the road for around 10 weeks covering a vast amount of coastal and inland New South Wales. Along with a heap of…
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

Jane Rutter brings "An Irish Fantasy" to Gundy

Free Spirit Classical Flutist Jane Rutter plays gold, silver, wooden flutes, and Irish whistles in lyrical, enchanting concert. Based around her #No1 Album: Fire and Water: An Irish Fantasy. Jane’s hauntingly beautiful flutes evoke the romance of the old country as she enchants audiences with this Irish classical concert. Undoubtedly…
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Polo in the Paddock coming to Scone

This year’s Spring Carnival is set to be a bonanza with Scone Polo Club teaming up with Event Mangers; Polo in the Paddock (Olivia Morgan) to present a spectacular weekend of Polo, food and wine. The Dougal Archibald Cup will consist of eight teams battling it out over three days…
Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

Cycle to a horse stud

Cycle into Spring on Sunday, 14 September for NSW Bike Week. Whether you are a biking beginner or a lycra-wearing, Cadel Evans fan, you are invited to join this free, fun family day. Take a two hour ride to Cressfield Stud or take the kids on a loop of the…
The germination of an idea for a writers' festival began when I was unexpectantly invited to listen to some readings from the Warrah Writers' Group late last year. I had never attended one of these functions before and was relieved upon arrival to discover that I knew some of the…
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

A Widden Welcome...

The historic Widden Stud in the south west corner of Muswellbrook Shire provided an outstanding insight into the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry which is a major part of the economy in Upper Hunter Country. Widden Stud put out the welcome mat to well over 200 members of the public on Saturday…
Two Rivers Wines, situated on the outskirts of Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW, has been awarded the Ed Jouault Memorial Trophy for Best One year old Semillon for their 2013 Stones Throw Semillon. The announcement was made at the wine show Luncheon held at the Crown Plaza…
James Estate continues to be recognised while quietly going about their business. The winery’s latest success is being announced as the most awarded winery in the Hunter Valley by the prestigious WineState Magazine. Peter Jackson from WineState Magazine had the pleasure in sharing the news to James Estate saying that…
What a great August weekend for this years events - tremendous weather with 85 horses in competition. The weekend kicked off Thursday night (2 days before the event started), with 21 horses already on the ground. By Friday night 65 camped over. Others arrived on Saturday morning for the 8:30am…