Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs.
The population of Muswellbrook is 12,000 people, the median age of residents is 33 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
Muswellbrook is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Muswellbrook is a town in the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales, 243 kms north of Sydney and 127 kms north-west of Newcastle and is situated in the northern parts of the Sydney basin, bordering the New England region.
Muswellbrook is known for its arts community, coal mining and horse breeding, as well as having a reputation for gourmet food and wine production.
The closest airport to Muswellbrook is Newcastle Airport which is a 90 min drive with Regional Express Airlines (REX) offering daily return flights to Sydney. Virgin Australia and Jetstar offering return flights to Brisbane and Melbourne and Air Pelican offering flights to Ballina and Canberra.
Muswellbrook railway station, is serviced by local and long-distance rail services, interstate coaches and local bus services.
The North West XPT Train services Muswellbrook with one return daily service.
The major sources of employment in Muswellbrook are:
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Education and Training
Muswellbrook District Hospital is a medium sized hospital with an emergency department with 33 beds and offers services, such as, general surgery, palliative care, general medicine, physiotherapy, renal dialysis, maternity, ophthalmology, radiology and pathology. As part of the Hunter New England Local Health District, Muswellbrook District Hospital has a chemotherapy unit, providing chemotherapy administration services to outpatients.
The Muswellbrook Hospital maternity unit has nine beds and two birthing rooms. The hospital provides care for well women and babies born after 37 weeks gestation. The team of midwives at Muswellbrook includes three lactation consultants.
Muswellbrook is serviced by an NSW Ambulance Service.
Muswellbrook has two public and two private primary schools and one public secondary school.
- Muswellbrook Public School
Muswellbrook South Public School
Muswellbrook Christian School (K-6)
St James Primary School (K-6)
- Muswellbrook High School
For young families the Muswellbrook region offers a range of options suitable for children from six weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on childcare options, please click here.
Muswellbrook Marketplace precinct features most of the well-known national chains including, Woolworths, ALDI and Coles supermarkets, Big W, Lowes, Angus & Coote and Sports Power. The Muswellbrook Fair shopping precinct features Harvey Norman, Baker’s Delight, Optus and Telstra, Repco, Best & Less and Furniture Warehouse as well as boasting a wide variety of fashion outlets, Discount Chemists and Pharmacies, Health, Beauty and Fitness stores.
There are numerous places of worship in Muswellbrook, including Anglican, Baptist, Christian Outreach Centre, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting churches. There is also a Hare Krishna Temple in Cessnock, which is a 75 minute drive from Muswellbrook.
Muswellbrook is a charming rural town in the Upper Hunter surrounded by a clutch of wineries that offer cellar door tastings. As a regional centre there is a lot on offer in Muswellbrook including sporting and recreational clubs, cinemas and shopping, arts and cultural events, food and wine festivals, art festivals and more.
Lake Liddell, which is a 15 minute drive south of Muswellbrook, provides recreational boating and fishing (having been stocked with Australian Bass). Lake Liddell also has a bird sanctuary and recreational facilities including picnic/barbeque area, an oval, tennis courts, toilets and showers.
Muswellbrook has a Regional Arts Centre and an 18 hole golf course.