Upper Hunter


Food and wine in the Upper Hunter Valley

The Upper Hunter Valley is a great destination to discover some of the finest food and wine NSW has to offer. With great restaurants, markets, wineries and cafes, foodies will find excursions galore in this beautiful region. 

  • Callatoota Estate, Wybong, Upper Hunter
  • Bretti Nature Reserve, North Coast NSW

About the Upper Hunter

Settled comfortably within nature's generous apportion of rolling plains and rugged mountains, the Upper Hunter Valley has a fascinating rural history and an refined taste for the finer things in life.

Boutique wineries nestled in the hills have long drawn locals and travellers to the cellars and vineyards that are home to the region's catalogue of fine wines, while elegant restaurants and farmers markets also showcase delicious local produce.

Wine lovers will enjoy The Upper Hunter Wine Trail, while foodies can sample the local gourmet produce, including olive oil and cheese.

Nearby Barrington Tops National Park has World Heritage-listed subtropical rainforests, subalpine woodlands and vast stretches of wilderness.

There are many great accommodation options, from farm stays and B&Bs in towns such as Muswellbrook, Scone and Denman to scenic campsites throughout the region's national parks.

Other area towns have much to offer, too. See examples of colonial architecture in Merriwa and Murrurundi. In Aberdeen, get a preview of the horse studs that feature prominently in this area, then venture to Scone, the horse capital of Australia.

At Sandy Hollow, visit the cellar door at James Estate Wines; when you've finished tasting, head out on the James Estate Ridge Walk or take to two wheels on the James Estate Mountain Bike Trails.


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Local areas

  • Aberdeen Aberdeen is home to everything from wine tastings to fishing
  • Denman Denman is home to many beautiful gardens and wineries. VisitNSW.com lists accommodation in Denman, things to
  • Merriwa This small township in the Upper Hunter Valley is surrounded by fertile countryside. VisitNSW.com lists thin
  • Murrurundi Murrurundi in the Hunter is set on the banks of the Pages River and surrounded by the Liverpool Ranges. Visi
  • Muswellbrook Muswellbrook is home to Lake Lydell and Pukara Estate. VisitNSW.com lists accommodation in Muswellbrook, gol
  • Sandy Hollow Sandy Hollow is home to James Estate Wines and many other wineries. VisitNSW.com lists accommodation in Sand
  • Scone Scone in the Hunter Valley is known as the horse capital of Australia. VisitNSW.com lists horse riding in Sc