The town is located on the Golden Highway, 273 kilometres (170 mi) northwest of Sydney and about halfway between Newcastle and Dubbo. At the 2011 census, Merriwa had a population of 1,790 people. Up until 2004, Merriwa was part of the Merriwa Shire local government area, when it was merged with nearby Scone Shire and Murrurundi Shire councils to form the Upper Hunter Council.
Every year, Merriwa hosts a range of events including;
- The Festival of the Fleeces - Queens Birthday June Long Weekend
- Merriwa Springtime Show - 3rd weekend of September
March 2020 marked the first of what is set to be an annual event - The "Le Tour de Merriwa" - an 84 km ride along the newly finished and quite, rural Coulson's Creek Road towards Willow Tree with what will become an iconic climb up to the Gap!
Merriwa has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Bow Street: Colonial Cottage Museum (1857)
- Merriwa railway line
- Merriwa Courthouse (1958)
- Fitzroy Hotel Merriwa (1914)
- The Royal Hotel Merriwa (1914)
- Holy Trinity Church (1875-99)
- The Catholic Church (1881)
- Catherine Cecily O'Brien, Dominican sister and educationist
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Merriwa (SSC) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- Karen Shrosbery; Mike Pritchard (1 November 2016). "Legendary Melbourne Cup horses gone but not forgotten by NSW Hunter Valley". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
- "Melbourne Cup Won By Old Rowley". The Canberra Times. 6 November 1940. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
- "Cottage Museum". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00259. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
Media related to Merriwa, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons
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