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 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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