Nature in Merriwa
Explore Goulburn River National Park, 70,000 hectares of mostly sandstone country along the Goulburn River. Don't miss an Aboriginal rock art site known as "Hands on the Rock" in the park. Good picnic spots include Spring Gully (2 WD) and Big River (4WD recommended).
This small township on the Golden Highway in the Upper Hunter Valley is surrounded by fertile countryside. After its settlement in 1839, Merriwa flourished as the centre of a varied agricultural area, aided by its position as a staging post through the Liverpool Ranges to the Liverpool Plains. Today there are still many fine examples of colonial architecture in its homesteads, courthouses, police stations, hotels and churches.
The town is an ideal base for experiencing the outdoor and cultural attractions of the Upper Hunter. These include the Upper Hunter Wine Trail, access to Goulburn River National Park – just 22 km south-west of Merriwa - and nearby country villages such as Sandy Hollow and Cassilis.