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For a slice of the good life, look no further than the Hunter, just north of Sydney. Great wines, gourmet food, superb restaurants and cafes, rustic cottages and romantic beachside retreats. Get away from it all and relax on a houseboat on Lake Macquarie, or explore the broad ocean beaches and extensive forests nearby.

For a taste of culture and nightlife drop into Newcastle, Australia’s second oldest city. The Hunter Valley is a mecca for food and wine enthusiasts. Explore the wineries by horse-drawn carriage, hot air balloon or bicycle. Meander through Maitland’s elegant heritage precincts or visit historic Morpeth, Australia’s oldest river port.

Just a short drive away is the beautiful Port Stephens region, with it’s amazing beaches and whale and dolphin watching.

Singleton and the Upper Hunter reflect Australia’s rural heritage with small country townships and farm stays. The area also offers wineries, horse studs, forests and a wealth of outdoor activities. Or for a change, experience Barrington Tops which features rugged mountains, gorges and dense forest. It’s a magnet for horseback riders, bushwalkers, campers and 4WD tours.

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Discover Hunter Valley Wine Country

Hunter Valley Wine Country is a 2-hour drive North of Cosmopolitan Sydney. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Brokenback Range, the area now yields more than a hundred wineries and cellar doors, embracing areas such as Pokolbin, Rothbury, Broke Fordwich, Lovedale, Wollombi Valley and Mount View.

If you are hunting for something new to do, you may wish to experience a glorious sunrise from a hot air balloon, horse ride through a vineyard, browse through galleries and antique shops, or see the Valley by horse and carriage, bicycle or even limousine!

Taste the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is known for its award winning wines, however the valley now supports a burgeoning olive industry with cold pressed olive oil and other olive products. You will also find wood fired bread, delicious Hunter Cheeses, stone fruits, table grapes, honey, home made condiments and sauces, and even chocolate made with chilli.

Stay in the Hunter Valley

What ever your taste and budget, accommodation is in abundance with self contained cottages and cabins set amongst the vines, superb guesthouses, charming bed & breakfast, and 5 star resorts.

Your only challenge now is choosing where to begin your ‘hunting’ expedition in Hunter Valley Wine Country.

Hunter Valley accommodation

The lower Hunter Valley's 70 wineries harvest grapes in February and March but welcome visitors all year. Some combine boutique accommodation or guesthouses and restaurants with local fare. Choose your accommodation! Cosy guesthouses, villas, resorts, cabins and motels match the excellence of the wines of this region, as does the cuisine. Some farms also open their doors for overnight guests.

The area features rolling hills adorned with vines, sparkling waterways, rugged mountains, forests and fascinating towns reflecting Australia’s colonial heritage.

The Hunter, Australia’s oldest wine-producing area,  where winemaking dates back more than 150 years, is only a two-hour drive from Sydney, close enough for a day trip and ideal for a weekend getaway. Its 70 wineries harvest grapes in February and March and welcome visitors year round.

Most are open for cellar-door tastings. Major wineries include Tyrrell’s, Lindemans, Wyndham Estate, and Rosemount Estate. Smaller wineries offer some distinctive wines, some only obtainable from the cellar door. And your host could very well be the one who tended the vines, picked the grapes, fermented the fruit and labelled the bottles.

Getting around is half the fun. You can take a bicycle trip along a vine trail, ride in a horse-drawn carriage with a picnic hamper or join a guided tasting tour with a local expert at the wheel.

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The Hunter’s annual Vintage Harvest Festival, Opera in the Vineyards at Wyndham Estate, Jazz in the Vines at Tyrrells and wine shows attract many visitors. Activities range from hot-air ballooning, horse riding and bushwalking through World Heritage parks, to water sports, abseiling and golf.

Boutique accommodation

Touring the Hunter Valley

Just two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter region is served by several tour operators from Sydney. Most vineyards are found around Pokolbin, Cessnock, and the Upper Hunter. Port Stephens, Newcastle, and Barrington Tops are easy add-ons to the Hunter experience. Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, there’s a contented world of wide, open spaces, featuring magnificent vineyards, sparkling waterways, rugged mountains, forests, and fascinating towns reflecting Australia’s colonial heritage.

The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine-producing area, with winemaking traditions dating back more than 150 years. The valley houses some of Australia’s most famous wineries, including Tyrells, Lindemans and McGuigans, and is sprinkled with smaller, boutique vineyards.

A mecca for wine enthusiasts over recent decades, the Hunter Valley also offers first-class cuisine, which has emerged to meet the exacting needs of those dedicated to good living. There are dozens of cosy guesthouses, villas, resorts, cabins and motels.

Around here, you can take a horsedrawn carriage, tour the Hunter Valley on a Harley, soar in a hot-air balloon, tee off from world-class golf courses, or take a leisurely cycle through the rolling countryside.

To the north, the rich hills of the Upper Hunter present other opportunities for discovering the essence of Australia’s rural heritage. Visit Singleton’s Military Museum, or taste Upper Hunter wines at local wineries. Lake Glenbawn is popular for sailing and fishing and the Wollemi National Park is a haven for camping.

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Hunter Valley farmstays

If you want to really experience rural Australia, then stay at one of the Upper Hunter’s working farms.

This area offers many family farmstays. Some farmstay properties feature heritage homesteads set in rugged bushland, giving your family the chance to step back in time. While there the kids can help out by feeding the farm animals. In the process they may come nose to nose (or nose to beak) with unexpected animals, like alpacas or guinea fowl. For something different, venture out on a 4WD night time safari, and see what other unusual animals you can discover.

For something different, venture out on a 4WD night time safari, and see what other unusual animals you can discover. To be in a unique natural environment, choose a farmstay near the World Heritage wilderness area of Barrington Tops National Park. This magnificent National Park features rugged mountains, gorges and dense forest and is a magnet for horse-riders and bushwalkers. Enjoy the friendly country hospitality of the residents of Dungog and Gloucester, historic towns with wide streets and well preserved buildings.

Maitland, in the heart of Hunter River Country, is a spectacular heritage city surrounded by a patchwork of lush green riverflats, where farms specialise in dairy cattle and fresh produce such as corn, pumpkins and juicy watermelons abound. Five minutes from Maitland is the historic river port of Morpeth, packed with cafes, galleries, antique and curio stores.

In Singleton and Upper Hunter Country you can explore vineyards, dairy farms and even tour an open cut mine. A visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country is a must to discover the region’s wine-growing history, where grapes have been grown since the 1860s. Nearby you can find evidence of ancient Aboriginal settlement: many caves and shelters have hand and tribal stencils dating back thousands of years. In Lake Macquarie take time to enjoy the bushland and wildlife of the Watagan Mountains and the quaint towns of Cooranbong and Mandalong.

Cool for Kids

  • Go on a spooky night tour of Maitland Gaol, where you’ll be guided by ex-wardens, or maybe even a former inmate!
  • See if you can tell the time on the southern hemisphere’s largest sundial, which can be found in Singleton
  • Explore the Children’s Nursery Rhyme Garden, play putt putt golf or aqua golf at Hunter Valley Gardens or visit nearby Rusa Park Zoo
  • Ride a horse or enjoy a horse and carriage ride
  • Hire a canoe and paddle down fresh water streams

Endless activities

Tour the vineyards by horse-drawn carriage, soar in a hot-air balloon at dawn with a champagne breakfast, tee off at world-class golf courses, or take a leisurely cycle or guided walk through the countryside. Otherwise stay a few nights on a working farm. Rolling hills adorned with vines, sparkling waterways, rugged mountains, forests and fascinating towns reflecting Australia’s colonial heritage. One can only sigh at the sheer beauty of the Hunter Valley.
Australia’s oldest wine producing area with winemaking traditions dating back over 150 years, is only a two hour drive from Sydney, close enough for a day trip and ideal for a weekend getaway.

The Hunter’s 70 wineries harvest grapes in February and March and welcome visitors all year round.

Most of the Hunter wineries are open for cellar door tastings and the biggest difficulty is deciding where to begin. Major wineries include Tyrrell’s, Lindemans, Wyndham Estate, Rosemount Estate, among others. Smaller boutique wineries offer some distinctive wines, some only obtainable from their cellar door. And your host could very well be the one who tended the vines, picked the grapes, fermented the fruit and labelled the bottles.

Getting around to each winery is half the fun – you can take a bicycle trip along a vine trail, a horse-drawn carriage with a packed picnic hamper for the journey or a guided tasting tour with a local expert at the wheel.

Many flock to the Hunter for the annual Vintage Harvest Festival, Opera in the Vineyards at Wyndham Estate, Jazz in the Vines at Tyrrells and various wine shows. Wine-tasting is not the only form of recreation. A multitude of activities range from hot-air ballooning, horse riding and bushwalking through World Heritage parks, to all sorts of water sports, abseiling and golf.

Accommodation includes cosy guest houses, villas, resorts, cabins and motels which match the excellence of the wines, as does the cuisine. For a taste of rural Australia, a number of farms also open their doors for overnight guests.

Activites and Experiences at Hunter Valley Wine Country

  • Off Road Driving
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Abseiling
  • Art and Craft making
  • Astronomy
  • Ballooning
  • Barbecue
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Quad Bike Riding
  • Trail bike riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Bridge Climbing
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Caving
  • City Sightseeing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cooking
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Driving
  • Farm/Station activity
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Estuary
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly
  • Fishing – Game
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Exercising
  • Flora
  • Fossicking
  • Fruit Picking
  • Game Playing
  • Gliding
  • Gold prospecting
  • Golfing
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt
  • Hang Gliding
  • Hay rides
  • Horseriding
  • Industrial
  • Jet Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Motor racing
  • Art Painting
  • Photography
  • Meditating/Relaxing
  • Animal Riding
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing – Grass
  • Skydiving
  • Sports Participate
  • Sports Viewing
  • Spotlighting
  • Wind Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Marine Animal swimming
  • Tennis
  • Theme Park
  • Train Ride
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing
  • Marine Animal watching
  • Walking
  • White Water Rafting
  • Wine Tasting
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Winery
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • The Arts
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
  • City
  • Rural/Country
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Eco Tourism
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Farm/Station
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • Golf
  • Health and Fitness
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Homestay
  • Honeymoon
  • Hunting
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Indulgence/Luxury
  • Marine
  • Mountain
  • Nature based
  • Nightlife
  • Off road
  • Outback
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail
  • Rainforest
  • Reef
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Science and Technology
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage

Nearest Airport: Newcastle (Williamtown) Airport
2-hour drive North of Sydney

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