The heart of wine country

Enjoy visiting some of Australia’s best known wineries in Pokolbin, the heart of Australia’s oldest wine region. You’ll find elegant accommodation choices, award-winning restaurants and outdoor music events, including opera, jazz and rock.

  • Keith Tullock Wines, Pokolbin
  • Vineyards, Hunter Valley

About Pokolbin

At the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley, Pokolbin will delight you with its many vineyards and cellar doors, delicious award-winning restaurants and an exciting events calendar. With the spectacular backdrop of the Broken Back Range, you’ll enjoy tasting some of the world’s best wines.

One of the most desirable holiday escapes in Australia, Pokolbin is two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 55 minutes from Newcastle Airport. Accommodation options suit a range of budgets, from luxury resorts and vineyard retreats to villas, guesthouses and charming cottages.

Tyrells Vineyard, Hunter

Some of Australia’s best known wine labels – Tyrell’s and Tulloch, to name just two - are in Pokolbin, where there are guided tours to the well-known and boutique wineries. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and explore the pretty country roads and enchanting scenery on your way to the cellar doors.

For insights into how wines are made, the Hunter Wine Theatre and the Hunter Valley Wine School both offer fascinating experiences. Fine food and wine are a delectable combination and Pokolbin celebrates it with the annual Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival in May and June.

Peppers Guest House, Pokolbin, Hunter

Quality restaurants are a feature, too. Muse Restaurant has been awarded two out of a possible three hats by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. Time your trip with a concert, such as Day on the Green at Bimbadgen Winery, Jazz in the Vines or Opera in the Vineyards at Roche Estate.

If you’re with the kids, two fun things to do are exploring the magical Storybook garden in the Hunter Valley Gardens and trail riding with Hunter Valley Horses. For a special gift or memento, browse the Hunter Wine Country Markets held every Saturday and visit the Handmade in the Hunter Markets on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

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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