‘Welcome the Powerhouse of the Hunter, Muswellbrook Shire, New South Wales, Australia. Surrounded by the rugged mountains of the Wollemi National Park and foothill of the grand Barrington High Country, the Muswellbrook area is steeped in history and heritage of bushrangers, gold mining, aristocratic landed gentry and convict settlement.
Originally opened up to European settlement in the early 1820s, this rich part of the Hunter Valley has undergone a series of phases from those early days to its present vibrant economy based on quality dairying, beef production, coal mining, power generation, olive plantations, cerial crops and world famous wine production. With the first planting’s of grapes at Rosemount, near Denman in the 1860s, the Upper Hunter boasts some of the finest wines produced in Australia with Callatoota Estate, James Estate, the famous Rosement Estate, Ingelwood Two Rivers, Arrowfield, Bell’s Lane and Yarraman Road Estate providing a unique experience for both the novice and connoisseur alike. Most wineries are open for tasting over weekends with many open 7 days a week.
Magnificent thoroughbred horse studs sit in the valley floor along the fertile Hunter River flats, producing the finest bloodstock in the world. Coolmore and Woodlands Studs near Denman and the historic Widden Stud nestled within the bronzed sandstone cliffs of the Widden Valley being just a few of these Five-Star breeding establishments.
Coal mining and Power Generation add zest to the local economy, providing export income and electricity that drives our industry, agriculture and our communities, our homes and businesses.
In Muswellbrook, Denman, Sandy Hollow and down country roads and rural lanes, the visitor to this area will find the quaintest accommodation – famous old homesteads, country cabins, top quality motels, camping grounds, B&Bs and historical old pubs – there is somewhere for everyone to stay and enjoy, something for every taste and for every budget.
There’s always plenty to do and lots of time to do it in the Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter…….. huge Golden Perch and Bass from Lake Glenbawn, Trout in the high country, Golf, Bowls, Bushwalking, Art Galleries, eateries with yummy country cooking and festival, country shows and rodeos – all year round.
By car, by coach or towing a caravan, access to this special part of the Hunter is a dream run via the New England Highway joining Sydney and Brisbane and the Golden Highway – from the Sapphire Pacific to the Red Centre, from the tropics to the mountains, around every turn, a new experience mixing modern communities with ancient scenes of sandstone and rich farm lands, expert horsemen mustering cattle, hidden valleys and emerald green river flats, of vineyards and grand mansions of a by-gone era. We invite you to come and stay a while, a day, a week – as long as you wish, you’re always welcome in Blue Heeler Country.
Nearest Airport: Scone