Hunter Valley

Highlights

Acclaimed wines and gourmet delights

Enjoy exceptional wine and gourmet food in the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region and two hours’ drive from Sydney. A perfect escape, discover acclaimed wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as superb restaurants and wonderful adventures.

  • Gemelli Estate, Hunter Valley
  • Vineyards, Hunter Valley

About the Hunter Valley

Vines in the Hunter Valley’s rich soils produce some of the world’s best wines. Australia’s oldest wine region is two hours’ drive from Sydney and is known for its internationally acclaimed semillon, family-owned wineries, innovative young winemakers, delicious restaurants and fresh produce.

Broken Back Range is a spectacular backdrop to this most picturesque of Australian wine regions. You’ll discover plenty of things to do - winery tours, festivals, farmers markets and splendid attractions. For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards, gently soar in a hot-air balloon or go skydiving.

With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, there are plenty of wine-tasting tours. You can also visit the wineries directly and learn more about wine at the Hunter Wine Theatre. Accommodation options suit a range of budgets, from luxury resorts to youth hostels.

Beyond Ballooning, Lovedale, Hunter Valley

Check out the exciting events calendar for music and epicurean festivals as well as fun family activities. The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival in May and June celebrates the region’s elegant wines and fresh produce, including olive oil, cheese, stone fruit, quail, duck, venison and beef.

Golf in the vineyards is another popular activity. Tee off at championship golf courses, such as the Greg Norman-designed The Vintage. The tranquil environment of the Hunter Valley is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation too. Pamper yourself at one of the many day spas in the region.

A great way to experience the valley is on scenic drives. The southern gateway is Cessnock, where the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery hosts travelling exhibitions. You can also hire bicycles and pedal from charming villages, such as Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury, to vineyards and cellar doors.To the west is Broke, a hamlet surrounded by vineyards with delightful food and wine experiences.

Vineyard at Keith Tulloch Wines, Hunter Valley

South of Broke is Wollombi, where Ngurra Bu offers an Aboriginal guided tour of indigenous rock paintings. Northeast of Cessnock are the towns of Maitland, Morpeth and Paterson.

Explore the fascinating history of Maitland Goal, enjoy a riverside picnic in heritage-listed Morpeth and see Paterson’s colonial buildings, including Tocal Homestead. At Singleton, northwest of Cessnock, visit the Australian Army Infantry Museum and amble on the Singleton Heritage Walk.

  • Hunter Valley Wineries

    Cellar doors

    Taste some of world’s most outstanding wines in the Hunter Valley. Intimate cellar door experiences offer insight on the secrets behind creating the perfect drop.

  • smelly cheese shop hunter valley

    Local produce

    The fresh seasonal produce of the Hunter Valley complements the award-winning local wines. Taste gourmet delights including olive oils, cheeses and cured meats.

  • Roberts restaurant, Hunter Valley

    Restaurants

    Hunter Valley chefs create inspiring dishes using the region’s fresh produce. Enjoy alfresco dining, with views of enchanting vineyards and the striking Broken Back Range.

  • Cycling Hunter Valley

    Touring the vineyards

    Take in splendid vistas on vineyard tours with a difference. Hire a bicycle and pedal to cellar doors or drive through picturesque countryside to various wineries.

  • Cypress Lakes Golf Club, Hunter Valley

    Golf

    Play a great round of golf in beautiful wine country. From world-class golf resorts to delightful local courses, there are plenty of options for players of all levels.

  • spa treatment hunter valley

    Day spas

    For relaxation and rejuvenation, the Hunter Valley is the perfect escape. Pamper yourself with beautiful treatment options at the region’s elegant day spas.

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 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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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.
  • Rothbury Rothbury is home to several premium Hunter Valley wineries. Taste the range of award-winning wines and treat yourself to Rothbury’s spa treatments, luxurious accommodation, gourmet restaurants and a round of golf.
  • 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.