Vacy New South Wales
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|The tiny town of Vacy lies between the Hunter Valley and the Barrington Tops, one of the largest national parks in New South Wales. It is surrounded by rugged peaks including Mt George, Mt Breckin and Mt Johnstone.
There are several interesting historic buildings in the town including St John's Church, Vacy Public School and the Farmers Hotel, which was rebuilt over 100 years ago after a disasterous fire destroyed an earlier structure. A pamphlet is available which details a heritage walk around the village, taking in all the historic buildings.
Vacy lies on the banks of the Paterson River, about 1km upstream from the junction with the Allyn River. Near the historic bridge at the northern end of town, rainbow honeyeaters can be seen in the summer months.
There are numerous walking trails in the area, some of which take in vantage points which provide great views. For a close-up look at the surrounding mountains, take a drive along Summer Hill Road. Along here too is the turn-off to Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, an international class resort set on over 1,000 acres of wilderness.
The wineries of the Hunter Valley are not far from Vacy. Here you can go wine tasting, purchase your favourites at cellar door outlets and sample fresh local produce matched with local wines at one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Other activities in the area include horseriding, 4WD tours and fishing. You can also go canoeing and kayaking in the Barrington Tops.
Things to do:
Scenic drive - along Summer Hill Road
In the area:
Wineries - in the Hunter Valley
Canoeing and kayaking in the Barrington Tops
Photo courtesy of Eaglereach Wilderness Resort
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