Population 10,541. 238 km
NW of Sydney.
Muswellbrook is an ideal
base from which to explore the Upper Hunter. The region's rich
history can be seen in its wineries and fertile valleys, historic
homesteads, and sheep, cattle and horse studs.
Open cut and underground
coal mines surround Muswellbrook. It is planned that one mine alone
will produce more than 11 million tonnes per annum. The town stands
at the confluence of the Hunter River and Muscle Brook, which in the
early days contained small shellfish - hence, the name.
Spires make a striking
contribution to the skyline. The Anglican Church has a slim octagonal
steeple, while that of the Catholic Church incorporates an attractive
bellcote. Eaton's Hotel, with its wide upper verandah, was built in
Among the district's
gracious homes is Edinglassie, which was built for the
White family, who played a leading role in developing
the valley. St Heliers was established by Col. William
Dumaresq, who is buried in the cemetery under a headstone
proclaiming him to be 'A Hero of Waterloo'. He was on
the Duke of Wellington's staff during the battle, and
was severely wounded while delivering a message to his
commander. He died in 1838 as a result of his war wounds.
Visitors Centre, 87 Hill Street. Muswellbrook, 2333.
Open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Tel. (02) 6541 4050.