Upper Hunter (map) is a local government area formed in May, 2004 from Scone Shire and parts of Murrurundi and Merriwa Shires. The Upper Hunter is one of the best horse-rearing regions in Australia. The Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, near Scone, is the site of a subterranean coal seam fire that has been burning for several thousand years.

The towns of the Upper Hunter are Scone, Aberdeen, Murrurundi, and Merriwa. as well as several smaller villages.

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