History and heritage in Murrurundi
Murrurundi has remained faithful to its pastoral roots and enjoys a fine legacy of historic houses and public buildings. In fact, the National Trust has declared the main street of Murrurundi an Urban Con servation Area. Today, you can explore the history of Murrurundi on a heritage walk that takes in churches, hotels and the original telegraph office.
The pretty town of Murrurundi in the Hunter is set on the banks of the Pages River and surrounded by the Liverpool Ranges. Paradise Park is a great spot to enjoy a picnic and do a bit of birdwatching. At dusk, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies.
Take a self-drive touring route through Murrurundi's surrounding countryside, passing many tranquil villages and Barrington Tops National Park. If you're feeling adventurous, why not go on a 4WD trip exploring back roads and forestry trails? Find out more at the Murrurundi Visitor Information Centre.
Those interested in the skills of Australian stockmen and women will enjoy the King of the Ranges Stockman's Challenge and Bush Festival.
It's also a great base from which to explore the wider Upper Hunter. Drive a half an hour south to visit Scone, the horse capital of Australia. Foodies will want to take advantage of the area's renowned food and wine.
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Church in Barrington, Upper Hunter. Image Hamilton Lund
Lookout and rest stop on the Thunderbolts Way drive, Gloucester. Image Hamilton Lund
Horse riding near Barrington Tops. Image Jeffrey Drewitz