Hunter Valley

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Good times in the Hunter Valley

From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as superb restaurants. Enjoy the perfect escape whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas or teeing off from a championship golf course.

  • Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley
  • Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley

All things delicious and fine come together in the Hunter Valley, a three hour drive from Sydney. Whether you’re after a round of golf or a spa day, a rustic long lunch or fine wine tasting experience, the Hunter Valley is primed to satisfy your senses.

Some of Australia’s finest wines are produced in the region, with many of the top labels offering cellar door tasting experiences and vineyard tours. Visitors can cycle between destinations or book a guided tour to ensure they don’t miss any of the various attractions throughout the area. Winery tours can be booked via established companies or directly with each cellar door and offer an insider look into the area’s rich history of viticulture.

The town of Lovedale houses several multi-award winning restaurants featuring some of the best local and seasonal produce from the region. Dine amongst vines and barrels with views across rolling hills. Options range from casual and family friendly to five-star restaurants that cater to all desires and budgets.

Taste and buy exceptional local produce in the Hunter Valley and surrounding towns like Broke, including jams, chutneys and cheeses, olive oil, cured meats and confectionary. Broke also offers a monthly village market, where visitors can buy back-of-the-ute produce, crafts and local wines. In June, Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month is where all of these delicious morsels come together for thirty days of classes, talks, markets, lunch and dinner events, and winery tours.

Other activities available in and around the region include golf, day spas, horse riding, hot air ballooning, historic village visits and more, all of which can be tailored for groups, corporate retreaters and couples.

Singleton is a characteristic town offering plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers, while Maitland is all about regional art galleries and a historic NSW gaol. The hiking trails and scenic lookouts of Wollombi should not be missed, and the historic shopfronts at the river port town of Morpeth are a tempting stopover. Finally, mid-nineteenth century historic sites and plenty of old country pubs can be found at Paterson, along with the historic Tocal Homestead and Patterson Rail Motor Museum.

Book a range of accommodation in nearby locations like Cessnock and Pokolbin, both of which are the perfect base for exploring the neighbouring wine regions by car or bike. Caravan parks and pub accommodation caters to families and groups on a budget, while luxury villas and private cottages are also available for short and long term lease.

  • Hunter Valley Wineries

    Cellar doors

    Taste some of Australias most outstanding wines in the Hunter Valley. Intimate cellar door experiences offer insight on the secrets behind creating the perfect drop.

  • smelly cheese shop hunter valley

    Local produce

    Food cultivated in the Hunter Valley complements the award-winning wine of the local vignerons. Taste exceptional gourmet produce including olive oils, dairy products and cured meats.

  • Roberts restaurant, Hunter Valley

    Restaurants

    Hunter Valley chefs make the most of the region's oustanding local produce to create inspiring seasonal menus. Dine alfresco looking out on to rolling vineyards and the striking Brokenback Mountain Range.

  • Cycling Hunter Valley

    Touring the Vineyards

    Take in magnificent vistas of the region on a vineyard tour with a difference. Ride a bike between cellar doors or drive through the picturesque countryside from one winery to the next.

  • Cypress Lakes Golf Club, Hunter Valley

    Golf

    There's nothing like the Hunter Valley to set the scene for a great round of golf. From world-class golf resorts to delightful local courses there are plenty of options for seasoned and amateur players alike.

  • spa treatment hunter valley

    Spa

    Enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation when you escape to the Hunter Valley. Spoil yourself with a wide range of indulgent treatment options available in the regions many tranquil day spas.

It’s ON! in NSW – Hunter Valley

The Hunter brings together a superb calendar of events during this beautiful time of year. Enjoy the highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, now held for two months across May and June. A lively celebration of all things culinary, take part in winemaking masterclasses, vineyard tours, food and wine trails, cooking classes, long lunches, open fires and much more. Join Whispering Brook for their annual Long Table Luncheon, held alfresco amongst the estate's olive groves with spectacular views over the Broke Fordwich region. Participate in the Cork and Fork Cup at the magnificent Vintage Golf Course, where winemakers and chefs indulge you with delights as you play. Or join the captivating and popular Lovedale Arts Trail, where visitors can explore galleries and studios and meet the artists behind the incredible works.

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle with packages from $298* per person

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle

In less than 90 minutes, you can escape Melbourne to Newcastle with Virgin Australia.

Revel in the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, explore the sparkling waterways of Port Stephens or enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food of the Hunter Valley.

Holiday packages include return airfares, checked baggage and 2 nights twin share accommodation. Plan your trip today and explore from seaside to cellar door.

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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.

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Local areas

  • Broke Broke offers a relaxed vineyard experience set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment.
  • Cessnock Explore Werakata National Park and tour through Cessnock's many outstanding wineries.
  • Lovedale A small Hunter Valley town surrounded by wineries, quality guesthouses and charming B&B accommodation.
  • Maitland Visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and tour the historical Maitland Gaol that housed some of Australia's most notorious criminals.
  • Morpeth A former river port town that has retained its historic shopfronts, wharves and hitching posts along the main street.
  • Paterson Discover the historic sites of Paterson and enjoy a picnic by the river.
  • Pokolbin The picturesque country roads of Pokolbin are home to some of Australia's most well-known wine labels.
  • Rothbury Rothbury is home to several premium Hunter Valley wineries. Taste the range of award-winning wines and treat yourself to Rothbury’s spa treatments, luxurious accommodation, gourmet restaurants and a round of golf.
  • Singleton A historic town that offers plenty of activities for nature lovers in Yengo National Park and at Lake St Clair.
  • Wollombi Nature abounds in and around Wollombi, with national parks, great bushwalking trails and lookouts.

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