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. The Jack

    Monday 17 December 2018 , Lovedale

    Australia's longest running and most successful celebrity pro-am, The Jack offers something for everyone. Amateurs playing side by side with pro golfers, celebrities and sponsors experience the thrill of major tournament play complemented…

    17 Dec
  2. Christmas Lights Spectacular

    Monday 17 December 2018 to Saturday 26 January 2019 , Pokolbin

    Christmas Lights Spectacular is back in an even brighter and more traditional style. Santa has now finished adding his final touches to the scenery, so get ready to join Hunter Valley Gardens in the merriments and be filled with Christmas…

    17 Dec - 26 Jan
  3. Meditation and Buddhism

    Tuesday 18 December 2018 , Cessnock

    Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic. There is also an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments. In each class a different aspect of…

    18 Dec
  4. Slow Food Earth Market Maitland

    Thursday 20 December 2018 to Thursday 17 October 2019 , Maitland

    The Slow Food Earth Market Maitland is open to the public and operates on the first and third Thursdays of each month featuring Good Clean and Fair farmers and producers who will sell local, seasonal produce from 2pm - 6pm in The levee…

    20 Dec - 17 Oct
  5. Matt Semmens - Live

    Friday 21 December 2018 , Cessnock

    Matt Semmens has been caressing the ears of Novocastrians for the past 15 years with his dynamic performances and renowned for his virtuosic guitar ability. After topping the Hunter in his HSC, Matt headed straight to University and…

    21 Dec
  6. Dungog Local Growers Stall

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 14 December 2019 , 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…

    22 Dec - 14 Dec
  7. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans. When they have rain or winds you will find them trading inside De Bortoli Wines barrel room. Stalls include fashion, food,…

    22 Dec - 29 Dec