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The small town of Merriwa is located on the Golden Highway in the Upper Hunter Valley. Surrounded by fertile countryside, it flourished as an agricultural area after its settlement in 1839. A stopover point for travellers journeying from the Liverpool Ranges to the Liverpool Plains, there are many fine examples of colonial architecture in its homesteads, courthouses, police stations, hotels and churches.

Merriwa is a great base for exploring the outdoor and cultural attractions of the Upper Hunter. Take the Upper Hunter Wine Trail and visit vineyards and cellar doors, explore the nearby Goulburn River National Park and the country towns of Sandy Hollow and Cassilis. Don't miss the Festival of the Fleeces held on the June long weekend celebrating the town's rural heritage.

Merriwa is just over two hours drive from Newcastle via the Golden Highway.


Merriwa: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cottage Museum

This cottage has an interesting history - after being built as a home it was used by a number of banks before reverting to a home and is now a museum and the headquarters for the Merriwa Historical Society. Take a poke around this fascinating little place and let the members of the Historical Society fill you in on the history of the area.

This cottage is believed to have been built around 1856 by a Mr Leard. Local History suggests that it also served for a period as a bank, as well as the cellar being used for dances and meetings. The cottage now holds Merriwa's Historical Society Museum and with items donated from around the district it is an interest display with three rooms and the cellar full of local relics.

Bow Street
Merriwa, NSW, 2329

Located 1.0K from Merriwa

Merriwa: Events

Rosto Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces has been a major Upper Hunter event since its creation in 1990. Established to promote the best of agriculture that Merriwa has to offer with a focus on the history of the Merino Sheep and how this industry shaped a community.

Street stalls bring a festive atmosphere, and at this years festival there will be over 100 variety market stalls to sample. Taste, smell and purchase a great range of sensational products, many of which are locally grown.

The festival promises something for everyone, thrilling Team Penning action, exciting Sheep Yard Dog Trials, hilarious Bush Poet's breakfast, sheep shearing demonstrations, wood carving, dog high jumping, vintage vehicle displays, over plenty of market stalls, a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

The highlight, and not seen anywhere else in the world, is the Rosto Olives Running of the Sheep - with over 200 sheep wearing red woollen socks!

Event Dates
      8th Jun
      9th Jun
      10th Jun

100 Bettington Street
Merriwa, NSW, 2329

Located 1.3K from Merriwa

Merriwa: Travel Tips

Merriwa Visitor Information Centre

Merriwa is a unique and friendly rural town nestled in the Upper Hunter.

Situated on the Golden Highway, Merriwa is the ideal place for a stopover, as it is centrally located. In just two hours you can reach Mudgee, Dubbo, Newcastle and Tamworth.

You will enjoy the traditional welcoming, friendly atmosphere of a country town, whilst being astonished by the pride and progressiveness of the community. Take pleasure in the relaxed tempo of country living at its best.

Vennacher Street,
Corner Bettington Street
Merriwa, NSW, 2329

Located 1.0K from Merriwa

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