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 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 Wollombi, Maitland 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.
Fly into Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport is located 15 km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car hire, limousine rentals and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey north into Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day, as well as a service to the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton.
Newcastle Airport services four flight operators to several major Australian cities. Regional Express operates direct flights to and from Sydney, Ballina and Byron Bay. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane, while Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne.
historic School of Arts on Vincent Street, Cessnock. Image Cessnock City Council
Vineyard in Cessnock. Image Cessnock City Council
Local Cessnock produce. Image Cessnock City Council