About a two-hour drive north of Cessnock you will find the State Park, Lake Glenbawn managed by Inland Waters Holiday Parks. Lake Glenbawn is home to one of Australia’s largest dams, built on the Hunter River providing Scone and Muswellbrook with hydropower and irrigation. Other than providing the essentials of rural living, there is so much one can do at Lake Glenbawn.
Top 5 Reasons to put Lake Glenbawn on your Radar
1. Camping or Glamping
The friendly staff at Inland Waters Holiday Parks have done a fantastic job of providing outdoor enthusiasts with a great place to camp or glamp. Near the entrance you will find level, powered sites for caravans along with water hookups. Not far off are the amenities and a pool to relax by on those hot days. Keep in mind that you will be a few kilometers away from the lake.
Further into the park you will find many bush camping sites along Lake Glenbawn. Prepare yourself for awe-inspiring views as tall pastoral hills gently roll into the lake. There is plenty of space to sprawl out with access to amenities including flushing toilets and hot showers.
Don’t have a caravan or not into bush camping? Then a cabin next to the lake could be just the ticket. Nestled in the hills above the lake, the cabins combine the comforts of a powered site with the views of bush camping.
2. Upper Hunter Wine Country and Horse Capital of Australia
Lake Glenbawn is part of the Upper Hunter Wine Country offering you the chance to explore more vineyards. Cellar doors like Two Rivers are not far from the lake. This region of NSW is also recognised as the horse capital of Australia. Many thoroughbred racehorses come from Scone a quaint country town about 15 minutes from the Lake. Tourists are welcomed at most ranches to learn more about horse breeding.
3. Water Sports and Recreation
You won’t be short of things to do at Lake Glenbawn. Pick from water skiing, fishing, boating, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and much more. The sheltered water provides ideal conditions for many aquatic sports. Throughout the park you are welcome to explore and hike to your hearts content. While exploring the grounds hang out with the many kangaroos and take in a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
4. Get Friendly with the Locals
While stocking up on supplies in Scone check out the local country shops and pubs. Grab a thick milkshake at the Crowded House Café or try finding a scone to eat in Scone. Enjoy a cold beer at the Belmore Hotel, Golden Fleece Hotel or the Willow Tree Hotel.
5. Pet Friendly
Now that is something you don’t hear too often. Bring your furry friend with you to Lake Glenbawn but be sure to respect other campers and the wildlife. Your four-legged companion will have a blast swimming and exploring the countryside with you.
So the next time you’re planning a camping trip in the Upper Hunter Wine Country region put Lake Glenbawn on the radar. There are plenty of things to see and do or take a break and lay around the beautiful lake, doing nothing at all.