Blue heeler cattle dog, Andrew Henley / Auscape International

Population 10225

Muswellbrook (the 'w' is silent) is in the Upper Hunter Valley and prides itself on being 'blue heeler country'. Here cattle farmers developed the blue heeler dog by crossing dingoes with Northumberland Blue Merles to produce a working dog that thrives in Australia's harsh conditions. The blue heeler is now in demand all over the world. There are several open-cut coal mines in the local area and the Upper Hunter Valley has many fine wineries.

Visitor Information

87 Hill St; (02) 6541 4050 or 1800 065 773

Nearby national parks

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

  • 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

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    World Heritage–listed Barrington Tops National Park spans a world of contrasts, from subalpine tablelands and peaks wreathed in...more

Nearby towns

  • Scone

    Set among rolling green hills in the Hunter Valley, Scone (rhymes with stone) is a pleasant rural town with tree-lined streets. It is known...more

  • Singleton

    Singleton is a pleasant and sleepy town set next to the Hunter River among beautiful pasturelands, mountains and national parks. It is the...more

  • Merriwa

    This small town in the western Hunter region beside the Merriwa River is known for its majestic early colonial buildings. It is the centre...more

In Town

Muswellbrook Art Gallery: in the restored town hall and School of the Arts building, its centrepiece is the Max Watters collection, which displays pieces from renowned Australian artists in paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures; Bridge St.

Upper Hunter Wine Centre: displays on the local wine industry and information on Upper Hunter wineries; Loxton House, Bridge St.

Historical town walk: 4.5 km walk featuring St Alban's Church, the police station and the town hall; map from visitor centre.


Aberdeen This small town is famous for its prize-winning beef cattle. There are markets at St Joseph's High School on the 3rd Sun each month and the famous Aberdeen Highland Games are held each July. The Scottish festivities including Scottish food and music, Highland dancing, caber tossing, a jousting tournament, a warriors competition and a kilted dash. 12 km N.

Bayswater Power Station: massive electricity source with coal-fired boilers and cooling towers; 16 km S.

Sandy Hollow: picturesque village surrounded by horse studs and vineyards, with Bush Ride in Apr; 36 km SW.

Local wineries: those open for cellar-door tastings include Arrowfield Wines (28 km S) and Rosemount Estate (35 km SW); brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 45 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

Barrington Tops National Park 66 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Vintage Golf Club 67 km

Hunter Valley semillon, with its zesty aromas and flavours, is sometimes described by wine experts as ‘Australia’s wine gift to the world’. Its appeal also lies in its capacity to age well. The same... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Hunter Belle Cheese

Hunter Belle Cheese creates gourmet cheese products from Swiss Brown cows in the Upper Hunter region. This award-winning dairy is the only cheese producer in Australia using Swiss Brown cows’ milk exclusively when... Find out more

Pukara Estate

Pukara Estate is one of Australia’s most renowned olive producers. Select from the various products to create your own tasting platter to enjoy over a cup of Toby’s Estate ground coffee in the tasting room or... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hunter Beer Company 74 km

Potters Brewery, as this microbrewery is also known, might seem like a rather odd addition to this convention-based accommodation complex, which is named after the historic beehive-shaped pottery kilns scattered around... Find out more

Bluetongue Brewery 97 km

Set up in 2004 by a consortium of Hunter region identities, including wine man Bruce Tyrell and hotelier Ian Burford, Bluetongue Brewery soon established a significant regional market for its premium lager and alcoholic... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Liddell Recreation Area camping area 14 km

On a practical level, 1133 ha Lake Liddell supplies cooling water to 2 nearby power stations; on a recreational level, it’s a haven for watersports, birdwatching, canoeing, boating, walking and fishing. It’s... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn caravan park 20 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 21 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

Lake St Clair camping area 39 km

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Royal National Park, 25 km north of Singleton, picturesque Lake St Clair is about 16 km long and has a storage capacity of 283 megalitres – almost half that of Sydney Harbour.... Find out more

Youngville camping area 40 km

On Mt Royal Rd, this camping area has 4WD dry-weather access only. From here, you can take the 5 km return hike down to Carrow Brook. If you’re travelling north from Singleton, turn right off the New England Hwy... Find out more

Washpools camping area 41 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

Belmadar camping area 50 km

This comfortable camping ground is located in the picturesque town of Moonan Flat, on the Hunter River 50 km north-east of Scone. You can while away the hours fishing and swimming, and in the afternoon pop into the... Find out more

Moonan Brook Forestry Cottage 52 km

This former 1800s schoolhouse in Moonan Brook, 3 km east of Moonan Flat, has been transformed into a comfortable cottage and bunkhouse sleeping up to 25 people. If your group is larger, there’s space for tents in... Find out more

White Rock camping area 57 km

You can get here by either following Allyn River Rd north from Dobbie Rim camping area, or following Salisbury Rd north from Salisbury and turning onto Williams Top Rd. Bring drinking water, or boil/treat creek water.... Find out more

Pademelon Park camping area 57 km

With its large, sheltered sites cordoned off with trees, this area in the Allyn River section is recommended for camping groups who don’t wish to disturb other visitors. It’s north of Dobbie Rim and Old Camp,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Pinaroo Leisure Park 2 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 20 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 57 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

BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park 76 km

This is the best-located park for exploring the Hunter Valley wineries. Just 3 km from the centre of Cessnock, the park offers good facilities including a Thai restaurant.... Find out more

Bellhaven Caravan Park 98 km

With good access to the Pacific Highway, this basic park has grassy drive-through sites ideal for an overnight stop. The town centre is only a short drive away. Bookings are recommended all year round.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Red Cedar Motel

Red Cedar Motel is ideally located in the heart of Muswellbrook, very close to the worker’s club, restaurants, shops and the town swimming pool. There are 27 rooms on two levels, with facilities you’d expect... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 67 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 79 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Vietnam War Memorial park area 2 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.

Aberdeen park area 12 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.

Scone park area 23 km

At Scone

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

Rixs Creek rest area 37 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Singleton park area 44 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Burning Mountain rest area 45 km

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

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 53 km

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

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Blandford park area 54 km

At Blandford

Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.

Pothana Lane rest area 58 km

30km NW of Maitland (L) or 17km SE of Singleton (R)

Just off the highway at the end of the 'No Through Rd'.

Teamsters Rest camping area 80 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.

Wallabadah rest area 81 km

At Wallabadah

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

Sheba Dams camping area 90 km

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

On the shores of the dam 11km east of Nundle via Nundle–Barry Rd.

Swamp Creek camping area 95 km

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

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.

Ponderosa Park camping area 95 km

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

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.

Medowie Road rest area 100 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 100 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Muswellbrook Cup: Apr.

Spring Festival: Aug–Nov.

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