Car driving past a Hunter Valley vineyard by James Pipino; Destination NSW
Getting to Hunter Valley
Getting around the Hunter Valley
With over 150 wineries and cellar doors, plus award-winning restaurants, beautiful produce and gourmet trails, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's most sophisticated food and wine regions. The most enjoyable way to get around the Hunter Valley is on tour with a local guide who knows where to go for the best shiraz or chardonnay, the freshest produce and the best cheeses.
Getting to the Hunter Valley
Getting to the beautiful Hunter Valley wine region has never been so easy. About 150km north of Sydney, this stunning food and wine region is easily accessible by car, train or tour.
The most direct route by car follows the F3 freeway, an easy drive that takes about two hours from Sydney. Follow the Cessnock/Hunter Valley Vineyards exit sign to Cessnock, the nearest Hunter Valley town to Sydney. Tourist Route T33 is an alternative drive passing through scenic mountains and in to the Hunter Valley via historic Wollombi.
Daily train services depart from Sydney's Central Station for the Hunter towns of Maitland, Newcastle or Singleton. Connecting buses and tours will help you explore the area further.
If you'd like someone else to do the driving, several operators run day tours from Sydney and Newcastle. Once in the Hunter Valley, you'll find several tour operators who specialise in vineyard tours. Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism Visitors Centre can help you plan your trip.
Flying to the Hunter Valley is another option with daily flights from Sydney to Newcastle Airport, from where you can hire a car. Some luxury Hunter Valley accommodation properties, such as Tower Lodge, have helicopter access onsite or can arrange a 25-minute flight to Cessnock Airport from Sydney.
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.