The Upper Hunter Shire is located in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, about 250 kilometres north of Sydney. It is a predominantly rural area and encompasses a total land area of about 8,000 square kilometres, of which a large proportion is National Park and nature reserves. Most of the rural area is used for grazing, dairy farming, horse studs and general farming. The main township is Scone, with smaller townships at Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi. The Shire is a major cattle, crop, goat, pig, poultry and sheep producer, has an increasing number of vineyards, an abattoir which supplies the Australian and overseas markets, and the best and friendliest rural community within easy travelling distance from Sydney and Newcastle.
The Shire has a vibrant rural community that has been able to develop its own unique character, with Aberdeen, the home of the Australian Blue Heeler and host to the annual "Aberdeen Highland Games"; Merriwa in the west being well known for its popular "Festival of the Fleeces"; Murrurundi with one of the largest sheep dog trials in the state and more recently the annual "King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge", and Scone renowned for its thoroughbred horse industry, and the long running "Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival".
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Information about our region - Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and surrounding areas
Get lost in Upper Hunter Country and find yourself amongst wilderness areas, distinctive wineries, world class horse studs, historical homesteads, vibrant wildlife and good old fashioned country hospitality.
Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and this festival celebrates the place where horses reign and where each year many people from within the region and from far afield come to share our pride in our area and our equine industry.
Merriwa celebrates Festival of the Fleeces every June to commemorate their involvement within the Australian Wool Industry.
Held each year on the first Saturday in July, at Aberdeen in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, the Aberdeen Highland Games have become the town's most spectacular event, drawing hundreds of people to the township every year to enjoy the festivities.
Held each year on the 1st Saturday in May, Ogilvie Street transforms into a Wine and Food gourmet feast extravaganza.
Award winning photographer based in Scone, Katrina specialises in equine, real estate and rural photography.
Photos on our home page and staff profile page are courtesy of Katrina Partridge.
The Scone Advocate is the only paper in Scone which provides the depth and spread of local news coverage. Its close involvement with its community is reflected in its high penetration rate in Scone itself.
Lake Glenbawn State Park offers a wonderful diversity of bushland and wildlife. Nature lovers and bushwalkers alike will enjoy the woodland, which provides a habitat for over 100 species of birds, as well as water sports, fishing, picnic areas, BBQs, playgrounds and tennis.