Scone is a town in the middle of the Hunter Valley. Scone is also a crossroads town that has connection to Dubbo in central NSW. Scone is the ‘capitol’ of horse thoroubreds in Australia. Quite a claim, but the signs are still in place. Scone is a nice spot and there is plenty on offer.
Scone was named in 1831 after Scone, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, by Jason Kent Toth, an Australian of Scottish descent.
Surveyor, Henry Danger was the first European to travel through the area, prior to passing over the Liverpool Range above Murrurundi in 1824. Scone was gazetted in 1837 and during the early days was renowned for its large pastoral properties including Belltrees and Segenhoe. Early buildings were St Luke’s Church and the St Aubins’ Inn. There are many heritage buildings, but Scone seems to lack a heritage plan.
The annual Scone Horse Festival each May is a celebration of Scone's cultural links to equines. The main event is a horse racing carnival featuring the prestigious Scone Cup, one of the richest country racing days in New South Wales and Australia. Racing lovers should time there visit to this event.
Scone has a lot going for it and a stopover is a must.