Thoroughbred Stud Tours – a unique Upper Hunter Country experience


The Upper Hunter is home to unique Australian heritage and history, home to iconic world renowned horse studs and award winning wineries... nestled in the Hunter Valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area and the Barrington Tops National Park ... an unparalleled visitor experience. 


Jerrys Plains is the gateway to the Upper Hunter. Horse Country stretching west though Denman to Widden and Bylong Valley, east to Muswellbrook and Aberdeen, north through Australia’s horse capital of Scone and on to Segenhoe, Gundy and Murrurundi. 


Every stud tour is a unique experience.


Each stud is a working business, some are owned and operated by a family over generations, others are private businesses or companies with Australian and /or international interests.


Each farm has its own story to tell, from its history and heritage, to farm buildings, architecturally designed stallion barns and landscaping, through to the stud’s role in Australia’s national and international breeding and racing scene.


The Upper Hunter Country is home to more than 200 thoroughbred stud businesses and the centre of Australia’s multi-billion dollar thoroughbred breeding industry and equine critical industry cluster. 


The origins of the Hunter Valley’s stud industry date back over 200 years, and is the second largest concentration of thoroughbred studs in the world – alongside Kentucky in the USA.


The studs are open all year for business.


Tours can be booked through commercial accredited operators or the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA).


You do not need to know about horses or the Upper Hunter, the stud tours will take you on that unique journey.



Tours are currently being reviewed for COVID Safe practices, for future bookings please contact the following tour operators.


To enquire about booking a Stud Tour please contact one of the following HTBA accredited operators:

  • Travel Partners (Local Tours)

Vicki Collins (Operating for the local area)

  •  02 65411 480 / 0417923521  Website


  • Upper Hunter Tours (Thoroughbred Tours & Syndications)

Craig Benjamin (Operating from the Coast to the Hunter)




For more visitor information about the Upper Hunter Horse Country and facts about the thoroughbred industry, please click here