Located some 3 hours drive northwest of Sydney or 2 hours west from Newcastle, delightful Muswellbrook is centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley.
There is a Heritage Trail in town that takes you past historical buildings from the early part of the 19th and 20th Centuries. There are chances to go horseriding in the countryside here, be near the food and wine trails and visit stunning national parks.
A good range of quality accommodation in town includes Bed and Breakfasts, Farm Stays, country holiday homes and motels. There are caravan parks and campsites in the surrounds.
The Hunter Valley is known for its many select wineries and choice restaurants. Not far, to the east is the NSW Central Coast.
National Parks in the surrounds of Mussellbrook include Towarri NP in the north, Barrington Tops in the east and Goulburn River to the west. In the south-east is the Wollomi NP and Yengo NP. Other parks include Lake Glenbawn Recreation Area, the Manobalai Nature Reserve and Ravensworth State Forest. You can visit these places, find out more at the National Parks and Wildlife Services.
There is fishing, picnic facilities and camping available at Liddell Lake, as is skiing, sailing and swimming.
On the first saturday during the month of May, Muswellbrook has its annual Upper Hunter Food and Wine Affair. With so many nearby famous wineries, the event is well attended and for good reason, the food and wine is simply delicious.
In the months from August to December, the Muswellbrook Carnivale has fresh food markets and gardens which you can visit. Greyhound and horse races are held throughout the year.
Collections on display here include the Max Watters collection, as well as prize winning local artists with Australian paintings and works on paper from the region of Upper Hunter. Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Open: 10am to 5pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm weekends, closed Mondays and public holidays.
Phone: +61 2 6549 3880
Cnr. Bridge and Market Sts.
North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take the F3 Freeway to the Sydney - Newcastle Highway. At the end, take the the Pacific Motorway (M1) to Mandalong Rd towards Morriset / Cooranbong. NSW Trains are available from Sydney Central, Strathfield and Hornsby via Countrylink to places like Morriset (Phone 13 22 32 for more information).
More about the National Parks in New South Wales: NSW National Parks.
Just further north: North Coast Map.
Museums in NSW: NSW Museums.
Art Galleries: NSW Art Galleries.
NSW Attractions: NSW Attractions.
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