Hunter Valley, Tourism New South Wales

Population 4628

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 as the 'horse capital of Australia' and is the world's second largest thoroughbred and horse-breeding centre.

Visitor Information

Cnr Kelly and Susan sts; (02) 6540 1300

Nearby national parks

  • Barrington Tops National Park

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

  • 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

Nearby towns

  • Muswellbrook

    Muswellbrook (the 'w' is silent) is in the Upper Hunter Valley and prides itself on being 'blue heeler country'. Here cattle farmers...more

  • 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

  • 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

Australian Stock Horse Museum: photographs and displays on stockhorse history, and the headquarters of the Australian Stock Horse Society; open Mon–Fri; Kelly St.

Mare and Foal: life-size sculpture by Gabriel Sterk; Kelly St.

Historical Society Museum: large collection of local photographs and household furniture and appliances in an old lock-up (1870); open 9.30am–2.30pm Wed, 2.30–4.30pm Sun; Kingdon St.


Moonan Flat This small town sits at the base of the Barrington Tops. It has a beautiful suspension bridge, a small post office and the Victoria Hotel (1856). The hotel was a Cobb & Co coach stop during the gold-rush era and was reputedly patronised by bushranger Captain Thunderbolt. It is small but friendly, and has accommodation and an adjoining restaurant. 50 km NE. For Barrington Tops National Park, see Gloucester.

Lake Glenbawn: watersports, bass fishing, picnic, barbecue and camping facilities and a rural-life museum; 15 km E.

Burning Mountain: deep coal seam that has been smouldering for at least 5000 years. Take the 4.6 km track through the bush; 20 km N.

Wineries: several offering cellar-door tastings; brochure from visitor centre.

Tours: thoroughbred stud and sheep station; bookings at visitor centre.

Trail rides: throughout area, and mustering opportunities for experienced riders; bookings at visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 22 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 63 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 88 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

Kerv Espresso Bar

Kerv Espresso Bar is a popular and funky cafe in the heart of Scone, serving excellent coffee and light meals in the bustling interior or slightly quieter courtyard. Enjoy a gourmet pie, Turkish bread, salad or the... Find out more

The Larda

The Larda’s slick fit-out belies the building’s 1889 origins, but foodies continue to return for gourmet delicacies that are available to eat in or take away with you. The bulging deli cabinet displays... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hunter Beer Company 95 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

Campsites around town

Lake Glenbawn caravan park 13 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 15 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

Washpools camping area 18 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

Lake Liddell Recreation Area camping area 35 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

Belmadar camping area 38 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 41 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

Youngville camping area 44 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

Horse Swamp camping area (northern section) 51 km

This secluded site is tucked away 150 m to the south of Polblue Falls picnic area and Polblue Falls walk. Access is off Tubrabucca Rd, 2.3 km north-east of Barrington Tops Forest Rd. Bring your own firewood, stove and... Find out more

Lake St Clair camping area 51 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

Polblue camping area (northern section) 54 km

A late-afternoon or early-morning walk around the high-altitude swamp amid soaring snow gums is an experience that will remain with you long after you leave this spacious campground. It’s along Barrington Tops... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Glenbawn State Park 13 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

Pinaroo Leisure Park 26 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

Pages River Caravan Park 33 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 97 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Belltrees Country House

Belltrees is a working ranch producing some of Australia’s best polo ponies and offering a delightful array of accommodation options. There are two guest rooms at the main Georgian-style guesthouse and a selection... Find out more

Segenhoe View B&B

Segenhoe View is a charming, purpose-built B&B offering two guest rooms to a maximum of four adults for a tranquil stay among the patchwork hills of Scone. Both guest rooms are decorated in French Provincial style,... Find out more

Strathearn Park Lodge

Strathearn Park Lodge is an elegant guesthouse surrounded by home-grown lavender (even the guest suite linen is dried on lavender bushes to infuse them with their fragrance). The guest suites here are warm, inviting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 82 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

Rest areas around town

Scone park area 1 km

At Scone

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

Aberdeen park area 12 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.

Burning Mountain rest area 22 km

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

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Vietnam War Memorial park area 22 km

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

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.

Blandford park area 30 km

At Blandford

Adjacent to the highway at the north end of town.

Wallabadah rest area 57 km

At Wallabadah

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

Teamsters Rest camping area 58 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.

Rixs Creek rest area 58 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Singleton park area 65 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Sheba Dams camping area 69 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 73 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.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 74 km

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

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Ponderosa Park camping area 75 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.

Pothana Lane rest area 78 km

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

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

Bowling Alley Point camping area 80 km

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

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.

What's on around town

Horse Festival: May.

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