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Population 10,541. 238 km NW of Sydney.

Muswellbrook is an ideal base from which to explore the Upper Hunter. The region's rich history can be seen in its wineries and fertile valleys, historic homesteads, and sheep, cattle and horse studs.

Open cut and underground coal mines surround Muswellbrook. It is planned that one mine alone will produce more than 11 million tonnes per annum. The town stands at the confluence of the Hunter River and Muscle Brook, which in the early days contained small shellfish - hence, the name.

Spires make a striking contribution to the skyline. The Anglican Church has a slim octagonal steeple, while that of the Catholic Church incorporates an attractive bellcote. Eaton's Hotel, with its wide upper verandah, was built in the 1850s.

Among the district's gracious homes is Edinglassie, which was built for the White family, who played a leading role in developing the valley. St Heliers was established by Col. William Dumaresq, who is buried in the cemetery under a headstone proclaiming him to be 'A Hero of Waterloo'. He was on the Duke of Wellington's staff during the battle, and was severely wounded while delivering a message to his commander. He died in 1838 as a result of his war wounds.

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Muswellbrook Visitors Centre, 87 Hill Street. Muswellbrook, 2333. Open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Tel. (02) 6541 4050.

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