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Upper Hunter Overview

Come to the Upper Hunter and find yourself amongst wilderness areas, distinctive wineries, world class horse studs, historical homesteads, vibrant wildlife and good old fashioned country hospitality. Lying just north-west of Newcastle and south of Tamworth, the Upper Hunter is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Whether it is hiking or mountain biking, camping or fishing, touring or relaxing with a picnic, the only problem you'll find is squeezing it all into your visit.

Or just sit back and relax at one of our outstanding accommodation venues, enjoy a glass (or two!) of local Upper Hunter wines and treat yourself to a great meal at a large choice of cafes and restaurant throughout the Upper Hunter.

The Upper Hunter Shire is a local government area in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Striving to provide a quality rural lifestyle, the Upper Hunter has grown to become a leader in regional NSW. Steeped in the history of country NSW, the hills and flats of the shire are the place to be for spectacular festivals and ideal rural surroundings.


Encompassing the towns of Muswellbrook, Murrurundi, Scone, Merriwa, Aberdeen and many other small villages, the Upper Hunter covers about 8,069 square kilometers with a population of about 14,500 people. Stretching from the rugged mountain ranges in the north to Lake Glenbawn in the east, rolling hills in the south and golden plains in the west, the Upper Hunter Shire is a diverse, scenic and widely growing area to visit or make your home. There is plenty to see and do with a range of activities, events and vivid natural attractions.

The Upper Hunter boasts excellent infrastructure, leading health and community services, quality education and there is also a variety of sporting and cultural activities. The thriving economic base is centred on a very wealthy equine and agriculture industry allowing the townships a buoyant and well serviced retail area. This scenic region is also home to cattle and sheep grazing lands, cereal cropping, wineries and prestigious thoroughbred horse studs.