When you drive through Scone, there is an immediate sense of a vibrant country community. The main street is always thriving with locals as well as visitors, waving in the streets or stopping for a chat.
Scone is the biggest town in the Upper Hunter Shire. It is a family-friendly town and locals are keen to welcome new people to the area. There is plenty for adults and children, with everything from a selection of quality schools, to a great variety of sporting clubs, as well as community groups and great pub food.
Scone, otherwise known as the Horse Capital of Australia, is home to many prestigious horse studs. The equine industry is thriving, and Scone is the hub for thoroughbred breeding in Australia. There are always horse-based activities held on the weekends, such as pony club, polo, or horse racing. Every May, the town shows off during the Scone and Upper Hunter Horse Festival which attracts thousands of visitors.
Agriculture is also strong in the area, in particular the beef cattle industry, and local farmers strive to maintain the amazing rural setting, along with producing the highest quality crops and produce.
There are locals with a family history in Scone dating back more than 100 years. Many locals who grew up in the area, and left for study or travel, have since returned to raise their families. There are also plenty of families associated with the nearby mines, raising their children in Scone while working in mining areas such as Muswellbrook.
On weekends, Scone is bustling with people catching up at cafes, shopping, or taking their children to sporting fields to cheer them on. There are also an endless number of picnic and bushwalking spots, with Barrington Tops National Park and Towarri National Park a short drive away, along with watersports at Lake Glenbawn.