Explore wine country

A charming country town, Cessnock is a great base for exploring Australia’s oldest wine region. Enjoy the award-winning 221 Restaurant & Bar in the classic Royal Oak Hotel, visit the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and hand-feed kangaroos at the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo.

  • Cessnock vineyard
  • Cessnock School of Arts, Hunter Valley

About Cessnock

A great base for exploring the beautiful Hunter Valley, Cessnock is the southern gateway to the rolling vineyards, olive groves and cellar doors of Australia’s oldest wine region. Plenty of tours to taste some of the world’s best wines begin in Cessnock, which is the largest town in the region.

Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney and less than an hour from Newcastle Airport, Cessnock is a hub of shopping and amenities set against a backdrop of the verdant countryside and spectacular wilderness. Werakata National Park is a popular spot for picnics and bushwalking.

You’ll find a delicious selection of restaurants, including the award-winning 221 Restaurant & Bar in the classic Royal Oak Hotel. Places to stay suit various budgets, ranging from a heritage guesthouse and beautifully restored federation cottages to motels, a holiday park and a backpacker hostel.

Check out the lively events calendar for a marvellous program of shows at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. For art lovers, the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery hosts touring exhibitions and shows throughout the year and displays works by the region’s artists.

Architectural gems in Cessnock include a timber-sawn home, circa 1885, that now houses the Marthaville Arts and Cultural Centre. The young and young at heart will be delighted with the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo, where you can hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and pat koalas.

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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