Hunter Valley

Spoilt by Nature's Goodness

The sparkling Hunter Valley Wine Country, just two hours drive north of Sydney, is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Brokenback Range and yields more than 120 wineries and cellar doors in areas such as Pokolbin, Rothbury, Broke Fordwich, Lovedale, Wollombi Valley and Mount View.

This naturally spoilt region has beautiful countryside, delightful food and memorable wine. Cellar doors are perennially open in this welcoming neck of the woods and you'll learn a great deal from many of the passionate winemakers who proudly call the Hunter Valley home.

The region is also famed for its historic towns and villages and it is well worth diverting off the beaten track to uncover the reminders of our Pioneering past. Visit Morpeth, a National Trust-classified town and a living museum, or Cessnock on The Convict Trail, a fascinating conservation project preserving a road originally hand-built by 3000 convicts.

For those looking to throw a bit of guilt-busting exercise into the mix, the Hunter is a golfing playground, with courses that are the talk of the social circuit. And with such stunning countryside, walking and hiking are also popular pursuits. Or opt for the ultimate in Hunter Valley indulgence and immerse yourself in a decadent day spa: with a host of spa resorts and retreats, you can really relax and unwind in this pampering part of the world.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Find the Perfect Tipple: Go cellar door hopping and visit the champagne house for added sparkle.
  2. Visit the 12 themed Hunter Valley Gardens.
  3. Say Cheese!: Be sure not to miss the opportunity to taste and buy delicious local cheeses – there’s a cheese for all tastes and preferences. You can also see how the cheeses are made.
  4. See the Hunter from the Air.
  5. Wine Tasting: Indulge in 5 star fine dining or enjoy a simple picnic hamper in the vineyard grounds.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Hunter Valley chapter in our online New South Wales brochure. Click here.

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