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Population 944

This small town in the western Hunter region beside the Merriwa River is known for its majestic early colonial buildings. It is the centre of a vast farming district of cattle, sheep, horses, wheat and olive trees. People converge on the town each year for the Festival of the Fleeces, which includes shearing competitions, yard dog trials and a woolshed dance.

Visitor Information

34 Vennacher St; (02) 6521 7046.

Nearby national parks

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Wollemi National Park

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  • Yengo National Park

    Steep-sided valleys, sandstone ridges and a web of creeks and rivers are contained within the wilderness of Yengo National Park. Part of the...more

Nearby towns

  • Scone

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  • Muswellbrook

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  • Murrurundi

    Murrurundi (pronounced 'Murrurund-eye') is a rural town set in the lush Pages River Valley at the foot of the Liverpool Ranges. It is a...more

In Town

Historical Museum: in stone cottage (1857) with documented history of the region and the belongings of European pioneers; Bettington St.

Bottle Museum: over 5000 bottles of all shapes and sizes; open Mon–Fri; visitor centre.

Self-guide historical walk: early school buildings, Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1875) and the Fitzroy Hotel (1892); brochure from visitor centre.


Coolah Tops National Park The plateaus at high altitude in this park provide wonderful lookouts over the Liverpool plains and some spectacular waterfalls. Vegetation consists of giant grass trees and tall open forests of snow gums, providing a home for wallabies, gliders, eagles and rare owls. There are superb campsites, walking trails and picnic spots. 107 km NW.

Cassilis: tiny village with historic sandstone buildings including St Columba's Anglican Church (1899) and the courthouse/police station (1858). The main streets have been declared an urban conservation area; 25 km NW.

Flags Rd: old convict-built road leading to Gungal; 25 km SW.

Gem-fossicking area: open to the public; 27 km SW.

Goulburn River National Park: mostly sandstone walking tracks along the Goulburn River, honeycombed with caves; good rafting and access for boats; 35 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 60 km

Forget global warming for a while and marvel at this coal seam, about 30 metres underground, that has been burning as hot as 1700°C for an estimated 5500 years. A 3.5-kilometre walk to the top of the mountain through... Find out more

Wine-tasting - Mudgee 89 km

Mudgee is probably best known for its vineyards and wine, and there are a growing number of organic wineries, including Botobolar, Lowe Family Wines, Martins Hill and Thistle Hill. Broombee also has organic fruit and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Merriwa Cakes and Pastries

For some good old-fashioned baked goods, head to this bakery and join the locals queuing for hot pies and sausage rolls. There are also fresh sandwiches, wraps and rolls, but you’d be mad not to try one of their... Find out more

Campsites around town

Big River camping area 33 km

This sprawling grassed area is beside the Goulburn River, on Mogo Rd north of Wollar. Access is by 4WD only. Bring your own drinking water and firewood. Alternatively, you can boil or treat the river water. There is no... Find out more

Spring Gully camping area 34 km

On the banks of the Goulburn River on Mogo Rd, access to Spring Gully with a 2WD vehicle is possible in dry weather only. There is no vehicular access in wet weather. Boil or treat river water before drinking or bring... Find out more

Washpools camping area 48 km

This secluded camping area is spacious, well shaded and good for families. You’ll need to cross Middlebrook Creek to get here – there’s a concrete causeway to make things easier, but flooding may occur... Find out more

Brackens Cottage 53 km

This restored 1930s farm cottage, 40 km east of Coolah along Hildegard Rd off the Forest Rd, is surrounded by a large, open grassy paddock, perfect for pitching a tent. There’s a rainwater tank and firewood is... Find out more

Bald Hills camping area 53 km

This is a simple camping area reached via Bald Hills Rd, off Hildegard Rd from the Forest Rd (2WD access only in dry weather, 4WD recommended). You can also walk in from Norfolk Falls Picnic Area (approximately 4 km... Find out more

The Pines camping area 54 km

This quieter, less extensive camping area is popular with groups. You’ll find it signposted along Hildegard Rd off the Forest Rd, 39 km east of Coolah. Bring your drinking water and firewood; a gas/fuel stove is... Find out more

Coxs Creek camping area 56 km

Turn off the Forest Rd onto Pinnacle Rd, and you’ll soon reach a short track that leads to Coxs Creek camping area. There are a number of sites here, scattered along the pretty and sheltered Coxs Creek. You can... Find out more

The Barracks camping area 56 km

The Barracks camping area is reached via Pinnacle Rd off the Forest Rd, 36 km east of Coolah. This is the most extensive of the park’s camping areas, with an information bay and sites for caravans. A 600 m walk... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn caravan park 60 km

This lake is camping paradise – you’ll find everything you could possibly ask for here. The caravan park is on the western foreshore, near the tennis courts and golf course. There are tent sites here as well,... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn camping area 62 km

The main camping area for Lake Glenbawn State Park is on the lake’s eastern shore. There are also bungalows and cabins, a boat ramp, children’s playground, and even archery. Other activities include canoeing,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Pinaroo Leisure Park 54 km

Conveniently located alongside the highway just 3.5 km south of the town centre, this park is well laid out with a relaxing pool. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a longer visit to this Upper Hunter region.... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn State Park 60 km

The park is 14 km from Scone or easily accessible from Aberdeen. The powered sites do not front the lake but there are unpowered sites available with lake frontage. This is a popular fishing spot where anglers catch... Find out more

Pages River Caravan Park 61 km

On the northern edge of town, this small neatly maintained park is easily accessible from the New England Highway and is ideal for an overnight stay at an attractive price.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Scone park area 49 km

At Scone

Opposite the information centre at the Tribute to the Horse monument.

Aberdeen park area 50 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.

Vietnam War Memorial park area 52 km

2km N of Muswellbrook (R) or 23km S of Scone (L)

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.

Burning Mountain rest area 60 km

24km N of Scone (R) or 108km S of Tamworth (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Blandford park area 65 km

At Blandford

Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.

Wallabadah rest area 81 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 

Rixs Creek rest area 85 km

6km NW of Singleton (R) or 43km SE of Muswellbrook (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Singleton park area 91 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Teamsters Rest camping area 93 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 100 km

36km NW of Maitland (L) or 11km SE of Singleton (R)

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

What's on around town

Polocrosse Carnival: June.

Festival of the Fleeces: June.

Merriwa Motorcycle River Rally: Oct.

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