Merriwa is a town located in the Upper Hunter Shire, in the far west of the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

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.[1] 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.

The 1940 Melbourne Cup winner, Old Rowley, retired to Merriwa.[2][3]


Every year, Merriwa hosts a range of events including;

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!

Entrance sign for the town of Merriwa, NSW

Heritage listings

Merriwa has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Merriwa (SSC) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 January 2015. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Karen Shrosbery; Mike Pritchard (1 November 2016). "Legendary Melbourne Cup horses gone but not forgotten by NSW Hunter Valley". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Melbourne Cup Won By Old Rowley". The Canberra Times. 6 November 1940. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Cottage Museum". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00259. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

External links

Media related to Merriwa, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons