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Good times in the Hunter Valley
From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as superb restaurants. Enjoy the perfect escape whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas or teeing off from a championship golf course.
All things delicious and fine come together in the Hunter Valley, a three hour drive from Sydney. Whether you’re after a round of golf or a spa day, a rustic long lunch or fine wine tasting experience, the Hunter Valley is primed to satisfy your senses.
Some of Australia’s finest wines are produced in the region, with many of the top labels offering cellar door tasting experiences and vineyard tours. Visitors can cycle between destinations or book a guided tour to ensure they don’t miss any of the various attractions throughout the area. Winery tours can be booked via established companies or directly with each cellar door and offer an insider look into the area’s rich history of viticulture.
The town of Lovedale houses several multi-award winning restaurants featuring some of the best local and seasonal produce from the region. Dine amongst vines and barrels with views across rolling hills. Options range from casual and family friendly to five-star restaurants that cater to all desires and budgets.
Taste and buy exceptional local produce in the Hunter Valley and surrounding towns like Broke, including jams, chutneys and cheeses, olive oil, cured meats and confectionary. Broke also offers a monthly village market, where visitors can buy back-of-the-ute produce, crafts and local wines. In June, Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month is where all of these delicious morsels come together for thirty days of classes, talks, markets, lunch and dinner events, and winery tours.
Other activities available in and around the region include golf, day spas, horse riding, hot air ballooning, historic village visits and more, all of which can be tailored for groups, corporate retreaters and couples.
Singleton is a characteristic town offering plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers, while Maitland is all about regional art galleries and a historic NSW gaol. The hiking trails and scenic lookouts of Wollombi should not be missed, and the historic shopfronts at the river port town of Morpeth are a tempting stopover. Finally, mid-nineteenth century historic sites and plenty of old country pubs can be found at Paterson, along with the historic Tocal Homestead and Patterson Rail Motor Museum.
Book a range of accommodation in nearby locations like Cessnock and Pokolbin, both of which are the perfect base for exploring the neighbouring wine regions by car or bike. Caravan parks and pub accommodation caters to families and groups on a budget, while luxury villas and private cottages are also available for short and long term lease.
With more than 30 hotels to choose from across NSW, Accor has the perfect escape for any taste and budget.
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.
Food cultivated in the Hunter Valley complements the award-winning wine of the local vignerons. Taste exceptional gourmet produce including olive oils, dairy products and cured meats.
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.
Take in magnificent vistas of the region on a vineyard tour with a difference. Ride a bike between cellar doors or drive through the picturesque countryside from one winery to the next.
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.
Enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation when you escape to the Hunter Valley. Spoil yourself with a wide range of indulgent treatment options available in the regions many tranquil day spas.
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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.
Broke vineyard with Yellow Rock in the background. Image Broke Fordwich Wine Tourism Association
Olive picking in Autumn. Image Broke Fordwich Wine Tourism Association
Whispering Brook vineyard and cellar door
Friends relaxing at Lake Maitland. Image Anson Smart
Friends walking through Maitland. Image Anson Smart
Kurri Kurri Hotel, Maitland.
Broom Maker, Morpeth
Morpeth historic village. Image Tourism NSW
Green St Craft Centre in Morpeth
Friends walking through Maitland, Upper Hunter. Image Anson Smart, Tourism NSW
Friends relaxing at Lake Maitland, Upper Hunter. Image Anson Smart, Tourism NSW
CBC Bed and Breakfast Caf in Paterson. Image Maitland City Council
Picnic at Tocal Homestead in Paterson. Image Maitland City Council
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
Friends shopping in Wollombi, Image Anson Smart
Friends walking through the grounds of Cedar Creek Cottages. Image Anson Smart
Friends on the verandah of the Wollombi General Store. Image Anson Smart
Hot air ballooning in the Hunter
Emma's Cottage Vineyard cellar door. Image Emma's Cottage Vineyard
Early morning at 201 vineyard. Image 'I villini'
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
Singleton main street at night, Image Singleton Information and Enterprise Centre
Lake St Clair in Singleton. Image Singleton Information and Enterprise Centre
Scenic views on Hermitage Road. Image Singleton Information and Enterprise Centre
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