Food and wine in Pokolbin
The most beautiful natural scenery makes for stunning surroundings for Pokolbin's luxury, boutique accommodation. This town produces highly acclaimed gourmet food and some of the finest wines in the world.
Set among vineyards and with the Brokenback Range as its backdrop, Pokolbin is the village centre of the Hunter Valley wine region. The pretty country roads around Pokolbin are home to some of Australia's most well-known wine labels, making it a veritable wine lover's paradise.
The area has grown into one of the most desirable short-break destinations from Sydney and Australia's most popular wine tourism region. Restaurants and accommodation in Pokolbin are varied and sophisticated. Stay in a cosy B&B, luxury guesthouse or spa retreat before heading out to meet local winemakers, see how wine is made, and sample local drops at free cellar door tastings. For a romantic weekend getaway, stay at The Dairy Cottage at Ballabourneen Wine Co.
There are so many other things to do in Pokolbin, too. Choose a wine tour that tickles your fancy, or go it alone. You can travel at a leisurely pace by bike or in a horsedrawn carriage. Shopping, hot-air balloon rides and championship golf courses offer plenty of relaxation and enjoyment. Nearby towns, including Cessnock, Lovedale and Maitland, are also well worth a visit.
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Taste some of Australias most outstanding wines in the Hunter Valley. Intimate cellar door experiences offer insight on the secrets behind creating the perfect drop.
Hunter Valley chefs make the most of the region's oustanding local produce to create inspiring seasonal menus. Dine alfresco looking out on to rolling vineyards and the striking Brokenback Mountain Range.
There's nothing like the Hunter Valley to set the scene for a great round of golf. From world-class golf resorts to delightful local courses there are plenty of options for seasoned and amateur players alike.
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.
Wine tasting at the cellar door at Bimbadgen Estate. Image Anson Smart
Couple drinking wine at Audrey Wilkinson's winery. Image Anson Smart
Couple dining at Roberts Restaurant. Image Anson Smart