Tranquil escape

For an idyllic escape, Broke is enchanting with its boutique wineries and cellar doors, pretty Wollombi Brook, elegant restaurants and spectacular wilderness backdrop. At Margan Hunter Valley Winery you’ll savour fresh seasonal produce at its award-wining restaurant.

  • Yellow Rock, Broke
  • Whispering Brook winery, Broke

About Broke

A charming village by pretty Wollombi Brook, Broke is in a wine subregion billed as the ‘tranquil side’ of the Hunter Valley. Dotted with vineyards, wineries and olive groves, the beautiful Broke Fordwich region produces about a quarter of the wine grapes grown in Australia’s oldest wine region.

A delightful range of wines are available for tasting at cellar doors in Broke Fordwich, which achieved its official geographical indication for its distinctive soils and microclimate in 1997. Enjoy the acclaimed semillon as well as chardonnay, verdelho, shiraz, merlot and other varieties.

Margan Winery and Restaurant, Hunter

Combine your visit to a cellar door with a cheese platter and enjoy the splendid views of the vineyards and beyond. Or savour fine food and wine at elegant restaurants and cafes. At Margan Hunter Valley Winery, indulge in fresh seasonal produce at its award-wining restaurant.

You’ll also find gourmet local produce at the Broke Village Community Market, held on the first Sunday of the month. Accommodation options in the Broke region, from luxury guesthouses and cottages on vineyard estates to rural retreats and holiday homes and bed and breakfasts.

Margan Winery and Restaurant, Hunter

The village is a short drive northwest of Cessnock, which is two hours’ drive north of Sydney. With a spectacular backdrop of the Broken Back Range and Yellow Rock escarpment, Broke is a great base for exploring the enchanting wilderness in the area. Take a scenic drive to the World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park and visit significant Aboriginal cultural sites, including ancient rock art.

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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