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. Winery Long Lunch at Calais Estate

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Pokolbin

    Calais Estate has created the unique experience you've been looking for - Winery Long Lunches. This is more than just a winery tour, it's the experience all wine lovers are after! Begin the day with a glass of sparkling wine and canapés.…

    20 Oct - 01 Dec
  2. Dungog by Design Exhibition

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Thursday 25 October 2018 , Dungog

    All their work is hand made. The Dungog By Design artisans collective will open its second major exhibition entitled “What’s my Scene”. The exhibition, which draws its inspiration from the Dungog hills, will feature the work of 23 local a…

    20 Oct - 25 Oct
  3. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Pokolbin

    Handmade Hunter Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines - The longest running and most popular, meet-the-maker market in the vineyards. You will meet and talk with the grower, maker or artist behind each of the expertly crafted and truly unique “Hand…

    20 Oct - 29 Dec
  4. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 10 November 2019 , Pokolbin

    Hunter Valley Gardens is Australia's largest display garden. Every year, during October and November the roses are in full bloom, giving visitors a real treat for the senses. Visitors will be greeted by an incredible sensory explosion of…

    20 Oct - 10 Nov
  5. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 20 October 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, jewel…

    20 Oct - 29 Dec
  6. Dungog Local Growers Stall

    Saturday 20 October 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 …

    20 Oct - 29 Dec
  7. Oktoberfest Pokolbin

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018 , Pokolbin

    Enjoy a three course German inspired menu and a paddle of four Hunter Valley German craft beers (Potters Brewery and Peter Drayton’s Brewhouse). A stein of your favourite Hunter Valley German craft beer from your taster. Commemorative ste…

    20 Oct - 27 Oct
  8. Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Cessnock

    The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Thr…

    20 Oct