Food and Wine in Broke

Broke provides a relaxed vineyard experience. The area is free of large-scale developments, and part of its appeal is that visitors encounter winemakers who are proud of their products and passionate about hand-crafted wines.

  • Olive harvesting, Broke
  • Whispering Brook winery, Broke

About Broke

Known as the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley, the Broke-Fordwich area was declared a viticultural subregion in 1994. Rustic and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment, the village of Broke has become the hub of an emerging wine-growing area. The warm climate and fertile soils produce soft and distinctive wines, such as semillon, shiraz, chardonnay and verdelho, as well as Italian varieties, including sangiovese, barbera and dolcetto. Explore the vineyards on two wheels, and€“ don't forget to book ahead to enjoy great country dining at one of Broke's restaurants or cafes. If you decide to stay, choose from many charming accommodation options.

Beyond the vineyards, Broke and its surrounds offer plenty of things to do. Join a tour and get a bird's-eye-view of the Hunter region from a helicopter or balloon ride. Get in the saddle and set off on a horseriding adventure or pack a picnic to go for a bushwalk along the scenic walking trails through Yengo National Park. Country drives are relaxing here, so head off to nearby Wollombi, Lovedale or Maitland. Don't forget to check out the local Broke events calendar when you're in town.

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 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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