Scone is nestled in the beautiful Upper Hunter, approximately 270 km north-west of Sydney, on the New England Highway and has a population of more than 5,500 people. Scone is known as the Horse Capital of Australia. The district is home to the Australian Stockhorse Association, the Hunter thoroughbred breeding industry which is reputed as the second largest breeding area in the world, has some of the country’s longest established pony clubs, a thriving polo and polocrosse community, rodeos that attract competitors from around the country and the range of leisure and eventing equine activities.
The region is also home to a cross-section of agriculture including cattle and sheep grazing, cereal cropping, dairies and boutique wineries. While there are no coal mines in the Upper Hunter Shire, the growing mining industry in the Muswellbrook and Singleton Shires provides plentiful work, a robust local economy and growing townships. Many mining employees and their families enjoy the work-life balance of living in the picturesque rural surrounds of Scone.
Some of Scone’s attractions include:
- bass fishing and water sports at Glenbawn Dam;
- the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival;
- boutique wineries;
- bushwalking trails through the Towarri National Park and Barrington Tops;
- Australia’s only burning mountain;
- the Wingen Maid and Man in the Mountain of Wonnarua legend, and
- relaxing in the local restaurants and cafes.
Population: approximately 5,500 Location: 270 km north-west of Sydney Elevation: 202 metres above sea level Founded: 1824 Main industries: Equine and agriculture.