The Hunter

From wine tasting in Australia’s oldest wine region to bushwalking in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter is a marvellous escape. You’ll discover incredibly delicious food and wine experiences and beautiful landscapes of rolling vineyards, mountain ranges and ancient rainforest.

All you need is a short break to enjoy the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops, all part of the world-renowned Hunter Valley wine region that begins only two hours’ drive north of Sydney. There are trains and coach tours to the region or you can fly into Newcastle Airport and rent a car.

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe - Hunter Valley

For a memorable slice of history, hop aboard a Nova Cruises riverboat in Newcastle and travel along the Hunter River to wine country and historic Morpeth, where the Arnott’s family biscuit dynasty began in 1847. In colonial times before the railway, steamboats ploughed the rivers to Paterson.

With vines first planted in the early 1820s, exceptional heritage and exciting innovation meet in the region’s winemaking. You’ll taste some of the best wines in the world at the cellar doors, including the distinguished Hunter Valley Semillon. Emerging European grape varieties win accolades, too.

Roberts Circa 1876 Restaurant - Pokolbin

Fun and informative tours combine fine wine and good food, a tasty mix in the Hunter which grows a rich variety of produce. At award-winning restaurants such as Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines and Margan Restaurant, talented chefs create exquisite dishes using the freshest seasonal produce.

Fresh local produce and other delights are available at markets and providores, such as Hunter Belle Cheese and the Lovedale Smokehouse. Check out the exciting events calendar for food and wine festivals, colourful markets, country shows as well as jazz, opera and rock concerts in the vineyards.

The 10-day Scone Horse Festival is in Scone, the horse capital of Australia. The champion mare Winx was raised on a horse stud in the Hunter region. You’ll find plenty of places to stay throughout the Hunter, from vineyard retreats and golf and spa resorts to motels, youth hostels and campgrounds.

The World Heritage wilderness in the Hunter is a wonderful attraction, too. In the Yengo National Park, explore ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Finchley cultural walk. Volcanic flows aeons ago shaped the Barrington Tops National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

 

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach from Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines, shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.

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 and from Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Up Close

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Rothbury

    Hunter Women Artists are based in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. This energetic group of vibrant talented artists create a variety of art works. Come and enjoy their latest works at the picturesque Emma's Cottage Vineyard every Frid…

    22 Jun - 30 Jun
  2. The O'Shea Experience

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Pokolbin

    Sit down for a vertical tasting during Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, which sees the exclusive release of museum stock of one of Australia’s most collected wines, the Maurice O’Shea Shiraz. Explore four vintages served in premium R…

    22 Jun - 30 Jun
  3. Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is back and it's bigger than ever, now spanning a two month period. It is the much anticipated annual event which showcases the region's diverse wine and food culture with a series of themed activities t…

    22 Jun - 30 Jun
  4. Vermouth Cocktail Masterclass

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Singleton

    Become a master in the art of cocktails with the region’s first vermouth produced by Margan. Vermouth has its origins in Italy and several of the classic cocktails using vermouth were invented there. Learn how to shake, swirl and sip a Negr…

    22 Jun - 30 Jun
  5. Viva Verdelho

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Pokolbin

    In the Hunter Valley, the Verdelho variety produces wines that are lively, tropical and vibrant – the perfect accompaniment to the Australian way of life. Tulloch, the pioneering family of Verdelho in the Hunter Valley, produces five diff…

    22 Jun - 30 Jun
  6. Winter Fireside Wine Tasting

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 22 September 2018 , Broke

    Every Saturday, join Glenguin Estate's viticulturist and cellar door manager, Phil Jones, as he takes you through current and museum wines by the fire in their Broke Wine Region Cellar Door. Living on the Estate, Phil lives and breathes Gle…

    22 Jun - 22 Sep
  7. Fortifieds by the Fireside

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Sunday 29 July 2018 , Rothbury

    What better way to warm up than with a Fortified by the Fireside. Come and join them for an exploration of everything fortified. Find out about the different types, how they originated and how they are made. Get to taste some of their best …

    22 Jun - 29 Jul