A country town nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Upper Hunter, Scone is known as the horse capital of Australia and celebrates its equine heritage with a range of horse festivals and events.
Scone is home to a rich horse racing history, dozens of studs and world-class thoroughbred breeders that have made the area the second biggest horse-breeding town in the world. Enjoy an equine adventure during a visit to a local riding school or dress up for a day out at the Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival. Share in the community’s pride in Scone’s equine industry by heading to the annual Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival.
Scone is also home to a range of things to see and do, both throughout the town and its surrounding parts of the Upper Hunter. Enjoy a vineyard tour, perfect your game at the Scone Golf Club, visit an ancient Aboriginal site or settle in for a relaxed barbecue lunch with the family at Washpools picnic area and viewing platform. When the weather warms up, swim at the Washpools waterhole or spend time discovering a portion of the town’s social and architectural history at St Luke’s Church.
Acquaint yourself with Scone’s natural beauty by exploring the neighbouring areas of lush bushland, as well as the nearby scenic state and national parks. Head to Towarri National Park to explore diverse vegetation, including patches of rainforest, snow gums and grass trees or make your way to Barrington Tops National Park to explore one of the largest temperate rainforests found on the Australian mainland.
See Scone and its surrounds on foot with a walk along one of the many trails that weave their way through the area. Wander along the Polblue Swamp Track through wetlands and forests or follow the Burning Mountain Walk past the home of an ancient underground fire. Breathe in fresh mountain air along the Barrington Trail as you head through several different forest habitats.
Scone offers a range of accommodation options scattered around the town, from luxury bed and breakfasts to hotels, self-contained cottages and basic campgrounds. During your stay, the nearby towns of Denman, Sandy Hollow and Muswellbrook are also well worth a visit.
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Couple walking around the vast property of Belltrees Estate. Image Anson Smart
Trainer walking horse at Segenhoe Horse Stud. Image Phillip Quirk
Mustering the cattle at Belltrees Estate, Scone. Image Anson Smart