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Upper Hunter Country

Love a good lookout? Sweeping views of the valley or looking down over a town? Check out one or more of these top 4 lookout spots in the Upper Hunter.

1. Eye of the Needle at Paradise Park – Murrurundi

To get to Paradise Park follow Paradise Rd and the park is approximately 1km past the gold course. The walk starts at a signboard at the far end of the park. It is a constant uphill climb, through a jumble of massive granite boulders and on into the ‘Eye of the Needle’, a deep narrow crack in the cliff. Continue upwards where you can choose to head either left or right to a rocky outcrop, overlooking the town below and the Liverpool Range in the north.

Distance 2.5km. Time 1.5 hours.

2. Scone Mountain – Scone

The car park for Scone Mountain is on the right-hand side of Noblet Rd and is only a 4 min drive from the Scone Visitor Information Centre. Scone Mountain is not for the faint-hearted but the views at the very top are worth the hard work. The gate is about the half way point and for most that is good enough. For those that continue to the top where the phone towers are, will be rewarded with amazing views looking out to the east with horse studs, Barrington Tops and Lake Glenbawn. On the way back down you will have a great view looking down over Scone were you will easily be able to spot some of the towns landmarks.

Distance 11.5km. Time 3 hours.

3. Lees Pinch – Merriwa

Just over 7km drive west along the Golden Highway from Merriwa is Ringwood Rd. Follow Ringwood Rd to the Lees Pinch carpark approx. 30 minute drive from the Golden Highway (some of this road is dirt, drive to the conditions). The Lees Pinch Lookout walking track is a well-marked and constructed 800m loop with three lookouts providing spectacular views over the rugged sandstone country of the Goulburn River National Park to the east and south. Take in the stunning and rugged terrain that lies below.

Distance 800m. Time 10 mins.

4. James Estate Ridge Walk - Baerami

James Estate winery is 10km along the Bylong Valley Way from Sandy Hollow. The Ridge Walk showcases the natural beauty of the region with striking views in all directions, overlooking James Estate winery, Wollemi National Park, Goulburn River National Park and Mount Dangar. The ridge walk is marked for hikers to self-guide to the top and can completed in 1.5 hours. Try it in the early morning and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing sunrise and glistening landscape while the afternoon will see a burst of color contrasts across the valley. The ridge walk and mountain bike tracks can be accessed by appointment only, PLEASE CALL (02) 6547 5168.

Distance 1.5km. Time 1.5 hours.

Published in Attractions
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, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone you can embark on a heritage walk in each town and discover hidden secrets from the past. For instance, between 1857 and 1949 some government departments spelled the name "Musclebrook", whist others spelled it "Muswellbrook", and dis you know, The Scone Civic Theatre is of State significance as the last remaining intact art deco theatre designed by prominent theatre architects, Crick and Furse in New South Wales? Historical Town Guides can be collected from all Visitor Information Centres in the Upper Hunter.

While you are in the Upper Hunter, exploring the natural surroundings is an absolute must! The various National Parks and Reserves allow you to appreciate the great outdoors that the Upper Hunter has to offer, with abundant native wildlife, flora and fauna and glorious views of the land that is Upper Hunter Country.

Take a day trip to immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park. The Tops is an unspoilt wilderness covering more than 83,000 hectares with easy walks, overnight hikes, great picnic, fishing and camping spots waiting for you to discover. Between Scone and Murrurundi, is the home of Australia's only naturally burnign coal seam, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, which is packed with scenic views, birdwatching and picnicking opportunities as well as a two hour return walk.

Nested between Muswellbrook, Merriwa and Mudgee is the Goulburn River National Park honeycombed with caves and sandstone cliffs creating an oasis of walking trails along the sandy river banks of the Goulburn River. Deep canyons, rocky cliff faces and free range forest characterise NSW's largest wilderness area right here in the Upper Hunter - Wollemi National Park. Take a take along Bylong Valley Way down the Widden Valley to appreciate nature at its best.

Extended walks and tours can be organised by contacting National Parks and Wildlife Services at Scone on 6540 2300 or visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.

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