Food and wine in Cessnock

Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury or boutique accommodation is matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

  • Cessnock vineyard
  • Stonebridge Golf Club,Cessnock

About Cessnock

Cessnock is considered the gateway to the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine-growing region in Australia. The town is located between Sydney and Newcastle and is accessible via train from nearby Maitland train station, as well as being less than an hour’s drive from Newcastle airport.

Cessnock is the largest town of the Hunter Region and a country town at heart. This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for the combination of creature comforts and fabulous rural scenery - a hub of shopping and amenities set against a backdrop of stunning wine-country scenery.

Right on the doorstep of the greater Hunter, Cessnock also serves as an ideal base for exploring the nearby towns of Pokolbin, Rothbury, Lovedale and Allendale, as well as the historic nearby hamlets of WollombiMaitland and Morpeth.

There are also significant historic points of interest, such as the Convict Trail, a conservation project to restore the national historic treasure that is the convict-built Great North Road. Cessnock is also renowned for its 1920s and 1930s architecture, with many well-preserved cottages, churches and public buildings on display, such as the Marthaville Arts and Culture Centre.

For more cultural fare, the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and Cessnock Regional Art Gallery are definitely worth a visit.

Cessnock also has a range of dining and accommodation options, such as The Royal Oak Hotel. Wine tours and day tours depart daily from Cessnock, but it’s also easy to get around by car.

For those keen on flora and fauna, the nearby Werakata National Park is a great spot for bushwalking and birdwatching, and the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo gives you the the chance to experience nature up-close; you can even meet and hand-feed the kangaroos and wallabies. 

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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