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Hunter Valley

  • Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley
  • Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin


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.

Must Do

Hunter Valley

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.


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Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle with packages from $298* per person

Fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle

In less than 90 minutes, you can escape Melbourne to Newcastle with Virgin Australia.

Revel in the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, explore the sparkling waterways of Port Stephens or enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food of the Hunter Valley.

Holiday packages include return airfares, checked baggage and 2 nights twin share accommodation. Plan your trip today and explore from seaside to cellar door.

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Fly into Newcastle Airport

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.

Local areas

  • Broke Broke offers a relaxed vineyard experience set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment.
  • Cessnock Explore Werakata National Park and tour through Cessnock's many outstanding wineries.
  • Lovedale A small Hunter Valley town surrounded by wineries, quality guesthouses and charming B&B accommodation.
  • Maitland Visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and tour the historical Maitland Gaol that housed some of Australia's most notorious criminals.
  • Morpeth A former river port town that has retained its historic shopfronts, wharves and hitching posts along the main street.
  • Paterson Discover the historic sites of Paterson and enjoy a picnic by the river.
  • Pokolbin The picturesque country roads of Pokolbin are home to some of Australia's most well-known wine labels.
  • Singleton A historic town that offers plenty of activities for nature lovers in Yengo National Park and at Lake St Clair.
  • Wollombi Nature abounds in and around Wollombi, with national parks, great bushwalking trails and lookouts.

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