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.
34 Vennacher St; (02) 6521 7046.
Nearby national parks
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
Wine-tasting - Mudgee 89 kmMudgee 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
Campsites around town
Big River camping area 33 kmThis 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
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Washpools camping area 48 kmThis 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 kmThis 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 kmThis 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 kmThis 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 kmTurn 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
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Caravan parks around town
Pinaroo Leisure Park 54 kmConveniently 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 kmThe 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 kmOn 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
Opposite the information centre at the Tribute to the Horse monument.
Aberdeen park area 50 km
Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.
2km N of Muswellbrook (R) or 23km S of Scone (L)
Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.
24km N of Scone (R) or 108km S of Tamworth (L)
Well off the highway among a few trees.
Blandford park area 65 km
Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.
Wallabadah rest area 81 km
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
On the south side of town at the information centre.
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.
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.