A taste of the Hunter

The Hunter region includes the premier wine-growing regions of the Hunter Valley and the Upper Hunter, attracting wine enthusiasts from home and abroad. All you need is a short break to enjoy a taste of the Hunter's best - crisp Hunter semillon and ripe Hunter shiraz. Combine your food and wine experience with one of the exciting Hunter events coming up soon for the perfect getaway.

  • Tallavera Grove Vineyard, Hunter Valley
  • Hunter Valley winery

About the Hunter

Set between Newcastle, the NSW Central Coast and the NSW North Coast, the Hunter region’s fertile plains include the towns, vineyards and national parks of the Hunter Valley, the Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. Less than three hours drive from Sydney, a getaway to the Hunter offers an exquisite taste of the good life.

The Hunter Valley is NSW’s premier wine region. Join a winery tour through its charming towns and villages, take a cooking class, or sample some great drops from Australia’s top winemakers. You’ll find fabulous restaurants at Lovedale and Rothbury, a hub of great wineries and cellar doors centred around Pokolbin, fantastic local produce in Broke-Fordwich, and true-blue Aussie hospitality in Wollombi.

The rolling hills and boutique wineries of the Upper Hunter are also not to be missed, where food and wine lovers can follow the Upper Hunter Wine Trail and sample the best local gourmet produce. Visit Scone, the second-largest horse breeding town in the world and home to some of the Hunter’s most striking scenery, Denman, a seminal NSW country town, and Muswellbrook, a village rich in history and wine.

Visit the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park and explore the varied and spectacular wilderness from subtropical rainforests to waterfalls. Nearby, the Chichester State Forest, Copeland Conservation Area, Lake St Clair and Lake Liddell are all well worth a visit, too. You can choose your own adventure, including easy bushwalking, serious hiking or camping out, surrounded by beech forests and snow gum woodlands. Also in the Barrington Tops region, the Dungog Historical Museum offers fascinating insight into the area’s pastoral history.

  • Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin

    The Hunter Valley

    The Hunter Valley is the most well-known of NSW’s wine regions, and with good reason; it boasts the largest concentration of cellar doors in the state, with some of Australia’s finest wines produced in the region. It’s also an area known for its fabulous local produce and on-point dining, with some of NSW’s best restaurants in residence.

  • Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park

    Barrington Tops

    Head to the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park for incredible views and bushwalks exploring diverse terrain from subtropical rain forest to subalpine woodlands. The nearby country towns of Dungog and Gloucester are beautifully picturesque, and serve as ideal bases for camping, fishing, and bushwalking holidays.

  • Cattle muster, Belltrees Estate

    The Upper Hunter

    Whether you’re keen to explore the Upper Hunter Wine Trail, or see the charming colonial architecture of Merriwa and Murrurundi, the Upper Hunter is an area full of surprises. Don’t miss Muswellbrook, a vibrant country town edged with vineyards, Denman, a produce-driven farming town with some excellent wineries, and Scone, the horse capital of Australia surrounded by lush bushland.

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Local areas

  • Barrington Tops A wilderness region with camp sites, rustic cottages and mountain townships.
  • Hunter Valley World-class wines are complemented by superb cuisine and boutique accommodation.
  • Upper Hunter Fine wines, elegant restaurants and farmers' markets showcase local produce.