Musswellbrook, Hunter Valley, Singleton

Sunday, 21st April, 2013.
We went for a drive into Musswellbrook – not very far from Lake Liddell. First stop the Tourist Information office. As in many information offices, we were welcomed by a friendly and knowledgeable person. Our first enquiry is always for a map of the town, which of course is always available. In this case we also received a map for a historical walk through the town. Here are a few photos taken on the walk.

We had quite a chat with the person attending to us in the Information Office. I enquired about a nice drive in the area and he recommended a drive through the Hunter Valley to Singleton – not along the highway, but via Denman, Jerrys Plains. The highway, while also going through the Hunter, does not give you a good impression as mostly you can see tailings of coal mining. The suggested route leads through beautiful wide plains passing many horse studs. The guy told us a few anecdotes of these studs and their owners. Quite entertaining.

We did enjoy the drive. The scenery is beautiful. In Jerrys Plains we drove past a sign proclaiming the population of Jerrys Plains would go down to zero if all the projects went ahead that are being proposed in the area. It promoted their website http://www.jerrysinjeopardy.com.au/. Makes interesting reading. This newspaper article also is interesting, talks about the conflict between mining and horse breeding. I never realised how big this horse breeding business is. Quoting from the article ‘..stallion Fastnet Rock who last year served 200 mares at $200,000 a service.’ Lesley remembers passing ‘Coolmore’ the stud mentioned in the article. We also passed a property that is part of Darley Stud, the horse breeding operation of Sheikh Mohammed, ruler of Dubai.

From a tourist point of view, the Hunter Valley is such a beautiful area and it would be a shame to loose this to more tailings.

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