Hunter

Home to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter begins two hours’ drive north of Sydney and is easily reached by car, bus, train or air. You can also board a riverboat in Newcastle on the NSW North Coast and travel along the beautiful Hunter River to delightful historic towns in wine country.

The Hunter region encompasses charming towns and villages, rolling vineyards and olive groves, and splendid national parks of the Hunter Valley, the Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. You’ll taste some of the world’s best wines at cellar doors, including the acclaimed Hunter Valley Semillon.

Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe - Hunter Valley

Tours to the wineries are a great way to experience the Hunter Valley, where grapes were first planted in the 1820s. The Upper Hunter is the horse capital of Australia and will entice you with its rural beauty, boutique wineries, handmade cheeses, horse festivals and horseracing carnivals.

Fine food and wine are a delicious combination in the Hunter. Fertile soils grow a rich variety of produce in addition to grapes. At restaurants, talented chefs create exquisite dishes using fresh local produce. You’ll also find seasonal produce and other delights at markets and gourmet providores.

Roberts Circa 1876 Restaurant - Pokolbin

Accommodation options suit various budgets, from luxury retreats and golf and spa resorts to motels, youth hostels and camping. Check out the exciting events calendar for food and wine festivals, agricultural shows, horseracing, and jazz, opera and rock concerts among the vineyards.

World Heritage wilderness is a spectacular drawcard, too. Enjoy bushwalking in Yengo National Park, where you can take the Finchley cultural walk. Barrington Tops National Park is part of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests. Join Barrington Outdoor Adventures and explore the park in a kayak or canoe.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Art After Hours

    Thursday 25 May 2017 to Thursday 26 April 2018 , Cessnock

    Art After Hours is the monthly after hours evening, held on the last Thursday of the month, where they have various speakers and art discussions over a glass of wine. Come and join them for a relaxed evening after work and immerse yourself…

    25 May - 26 Apr
  2. Nan's Neighbour's Feast

    Friday 27 April 2018 , Pokolbin

    Nan's Neighbour's feast. Come join them for a relaxed and enjoyable dinner on the last Friday of each month. This will be a night focused on great food, good company and your favourite wine that you bring along. Your ticket includes Bring…

    27 Apr
  3. Bandon Grove Farm Tours

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 ,

    You will experience an authentic working dairy, get up close and personal with the cows, meet the farmer and discover there's so much more to a dairy farm than just beautiful animals and scenery. You'll learn about some of the products mil…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  4. Holiday Horse Club at Wollemi Hills

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Saturday 28 April 2018 ,

    Do your kids love riding horses or wish they could? Why not send them to the Wollemi Hills Holidays Horse Riding Club for tonnes of fun and a great learning experience. Ages eight to seventeen. Choose a Morning or Afternoon session. See…

    27 Apr - 28 Apr
  5. The Gum Ball

    Friday 27 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 ,

    The festival is located in secluded bush at Belford, in the middle of the Hunter Valley. It kicks off on a Friday afternoon and rolls all the way through to Sunday. Unchanged from previous years, it's still camping, Bring Your Own, very fam…

    27 Apr - 29 Apr
  6. Gresford Team Penning

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Dungog

    Valley Team Penning was formed after a group of riders found there was a need for a club in the Lower Hunter/Newcastle area. The first event was held at Gresford in 2011 and was a massive success. Since then the club has grown with over 300…

    28 Apr - 29 Apr
  7. Dungog Local Growers Stall

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Dungog

    The Local Growers Stall brings you fresh produce grown by local farmers, market gardeners and back yard growers. Every week you will find different, super-fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, cut flowers, honey, eggs, and seedlings. Much of …

    28 Apr - 29 Dec
  8. Bandon Grove Autumn Family Dance

    Saturday 28 April 2018 ,

    Gather your friends and come dressed in your Autumn coloured clothing and come on out to Bandon Grove Hall for a wonderful night of entertainment. Dance the night away with Grasscutters Band playing blues and country. It will be a night to…

    28 Apr