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.

Vineyard next to the Lovedale Smokehouse, Hunter Valley, Australia

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.

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.

Verandah lunch at Circa 1876 Restaurant, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, Australia

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. Winter Fireside Wine Tasting

    Wednesday 15 August 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…

    15 Aug - 22 Sep
  2. Hunter Galleries - Winter Series

    Wednesday 15 August 2018 to Friday 31 August 2018 , Singleton

    Hunter Galleries has recently launched featuring a winter collection of almost 100 works from both local and international artists. The exhibition displays a mixture of modern and traditional arts, with a common theme of country landscapes …

    15 Aug - 31 Aug
  3. Whimsical Faces

    Thursday 16 August 2018 , Pokolbin

    The artist loves drawing whimsical faces and they are sure you will too. Learn how to draw gorgeous girly faces with big eyes and big lips and lots of character. Then you'll use some colour to bring them alive! Enjoy this adult art class …

    16 Aug
  4. AGOG

    Friday 17 August 2018 to Saturday 18 August 2018 , Dungog

    A Feast of Foreign Films is presented and organised by the Friends of the James Theatre. The aim is to bring to the local community and further afield as many quality foreign or short films as they can.…

    17 Aug - 18 Aug
  5. All's Well That Ends Well

    Friday 17 August 2018 to Saturday 01 September 2018 , Maitland

    Following his father’s death, Bertram, the young Count of Rousillion, is sent to Paris to be a ward of the ailing King of France. Helena, the low-born orphaned daughter of a famous but poor physician, dotes on Bertram and when he leaves for…

    17 Aug - 01 Sep
  6. The Princess Bride

    Friday 17 August 2018 to Saturday 18 August 2018 ,

    Finally, the beloved story of The Princess Bride comes to the stage in a hilarious adaption by the Director/Writer from St Philip's Christian College Cessnock that brought you the wildly entertaining productions of Stirworz and Charlie and …

    17 Aug - 18 Aug
  7. Koala Surveys and Fungi Foray

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 ,

    Participate in a community survey for koalas in part of Chichester State Forest in the picturesque Upper Allyn and Paterson Valleys. This area is located about one hour north-west of Dungog and two hours from Newcastle. The National Park…

    18 Aug - 19 Aug
  8. Cranky Handle Rally

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Hunter Valley

    The rally is a demonstration of all things old to do with early farm machinery with a focus on old stationary engines and farm tractors. All the exhibits operate, and club members are available to tell the story of how they came across the …

    18 Aug - 19 Aug
  9. Red Wine Dinner

    Saturday 18 August 2018 , Rothbury

    Come and join them for a meat extravaganza, and a showcase of their amazing Red Wines. Duck liver parfait with charred sour dough and cornichons. Served with Red Sparkling. Spatchcock on four cheese risotto ball with beetroot relish. Serv…

    18 Aug