The Murrurundi Railway station is in a picturesque valley on the New England Highway, north of Scone.
When everything goes to plan, taking the train is the most relaxing way of getting to Fernleigh. The Countrylink Explorer pulls out of Central Station at the respectable morning hour of 9:30, after which you can settle in for the ride. En route to Murrurundi, the train threads its way through the glorious angophora forests of the Central Coast and along the beautiful unpopulated waterways of the Hawkesbury River foreshore, surely one of the best sections of rail track in the nation. Passing by the hinterlands of Newcastle, it then emerges on to the wide-open grasslands of the Hunter Valley. At Murrurundi you will be collected and chauffeured over the range to your destination of Fernleigh (this is only possible as one group). Packing a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine for the train journey is the ideal way to go. It takes nearly 5 hours so bring a book, don't fret, and relax!
It's a superb drive to Fernleigh, from any direction.
The only disadvantage of taking the train is that you’re obviously limited in doing any other exploring en route (and who in their right mind would want to miss a beer at the infamous Moonan Flat Pub at the lower gateway to the Barrington Tops?). There's also the added excitement of testing your four-wheel driving skills in your own 4WD vehicle on the high country surrounding Fernleigh.
But back to getting here; now with the dazzlingly new Hunter Freeway taking you all the way to Singleton it an appreciably shorter, and easier drive. Even so, many choose to take the old convict road route of Peats Ridge to Jerry’s Plains, coming in to the New England Highway from behind Muswellbrook.
Upon request we can provide individual driving directions to Fernleigh from Scone for those coming from Sydney and Blandford for those from other directions. Fernleigh is just over an hour’s drive from Scone, the last 30 minutes of which is dirt road. City drivers beware! (All drivers are advised to fill up with fuel before leaving the main highway. There is no fuel at Fernleigh.)
We can also make available a map, upon request. Be aware that GPS systems do not show the proper route and can lead you well astray!
Helicopter transfers are available by special arrangement. Price on request.
This is the way to do it!
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