Small rural service town in the Upper Hunter.
The small rural town of Merriwa is located at the western extremity of the upper Hunter district beside the Merriwa River. It has an easy rural charm being primarily a service centre for the surrounding properties. The town has a number of historic buildings and the Goulburn River National Park and Battery Rocks offer excellent bushwalking.
Merriwa is located 312 km north west of Sydney at the western extremity of the upper Hunter district.
Origin of Name
Merriwa is a Wiradjuri word which is thought to mean ‘grass seeds’ or ‘flour made from grass seeds’. The area was initially known as the Gummum Plains district, after the river, which was then known as Gummum Creek.