Scone New South Wales


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Scone New south Wales – the horse capital of Australia

Scone New South Wales is a lovely rural town with wide tree-lined streets and is an important rural centre on the New England Highway. It is known as ‘The Horse Capital of Australia’ and claims to be the second-largest horse breeding area in the world, after Kentucky in the United States.

The equine focus of the town is reflected in numerous ways:

  • it is the home to the Australian Stockhorse Association;
  • the Hunter thoroughbred breeding industry which is reputedly the second largest breeding area in the world;
  • the district has some of the country’s longest established pony clubs; there is a thriving polo and polocrosse community; and
  • the bronze sculpture, ‘Scone Mare and Foal’ by Gabriel Sterk, is prominently situated beside the highway in Elizabeth Park.

The festival in May includes the Scone Cup Carnival, a two-day event that attracts many fine racehorses. The thrilling carnival is a fabulous opportunity to dress up and enjoy the spectacle. Stay a few extra days and explore scenic drives and magnificent national parks.

The region is also home to cattle and sheep grazing, cereal cropping, dairies and boutique wineries. The town and the district have a large number of significant historic buildings and there is real pleasure in driving around the district and admiring the huge horse studs.

Drop into the Scone Visitor Information and Horse Centre for helpful tips and brochures on all the wonderful things to do and see in the area. Another delightful way to explore the pretty streets and heritage buildings is by bike, which you can rent from the visitor information centre.

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