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Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Muswellbrook is a vibrant country town surrounded by vineyards and horse studs.

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Location

Muswellbrook islocated in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW, 243km (3 hr drive) north of Sydney and 127 km (90 min drive) north-west of Newcastle.

Muswellbrook has many faces, it is known for being the art hub of the Hunter, it continues to support a coal mining industry, and is famed for thoroughbred horse breeding. It has also developed a reputation for gourmet food and wine production.

How to get there

The closest airport to Muswellbrook is Newcastle Airport which is a 90 min drive. Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican and Regional Express provide services including to: Canberra, Ballina/Byron Bay, Dubbo, Taree, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, and Auckland (NZ).

Muswellbrook Railway Station, is serviced by local and long-distance rail services, interstate coaches and local bus services including the North West XPT.

Population

Muswellbrook is home to more than 10,000 people, the median age of residents is 35 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 9% of the population.

Muswellbrook is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of population health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Muswellbrook District Hospital is a medium sized hospital with an emergency department and offers services, such as, general surgery, palliative care, general medicine, physiotherapy, renal dialysis, maternity, ophthalmology, radiology, pathology and chemotherapy unit. The hospital is also a Baby Friendly Accredited Hospital, the maternity unit has nine beds and two birthing rooms.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Muswellbrook.

Accredited GP practices

  • Brook Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Muswellbrook are coal mining, fossil fuel electricity generation, supermarket and grocery stores, takeaway food services and primary education.
  • Education

In Muswellbrook there are two public and two private primary schools, and one public secondary school: Muswellbrook Public SchoolMuswellbrook South Public SchoolPacific Book Christian School (K-6)St James Primary School (K-6) and Muswellbrook High School. The Hunter TAFE, Muswellbrook Campus and the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music are located in Muswellbrook.
  • Childcare

For young families the Muswellbrook region offers a range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

As a regional centre, Muswellbrook has most of the well-known national chains, such as, Woolworths, ALDI and Coles supermarkets, Big W, Lowes, Angus & Coote, Sports Power and Harvey Norman as well as boutiques, cafes and restaurants. There are also weekend markets with fresh food and produce, handmade goods and gifts.
  • Places of worship

In Muswellbrook there are places of worship for a range of Christian denominations including Anglican, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting. The nearest mosque is in Newcastle, 90 min drive from Muswellbrook.
  • Points of interest

There are many things to do in Muswellbrook including the exploring the Regional Arts Centre, walking the Muswellbrook Heritage Town Walk, tasteing handmade cheese at Hunter Belle Cheese, visit nearby Lake Liddell for boating, fishing, a picnic or BBQ. The Upper Hunter Country events calendar lists many events that are happening throughout the year.
  • Sporting activities

Muswellbrook has many sporting facilities including the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre, PCYC, and facilities catering for swimming, cricket, football, martial arts, tennis, basketball, cycling, and hockey. Upper Hunter Community Services provides a directory for local sports clubs.
  • Community groups and activities

A listing of community groups, service and social clubs in Muswellbrook is available from Upper Hunter Community Services.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Muswellbrook. A good place to start is the Facebook pages Muswellbrook Chronicle, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and Muswellbrook Buy & Sell.