A taste of the Hunter

With some of the world’s best wines, quality restaurants, exciting events and stunning World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter region north of Sydney is the perfect escape. All you need is a short break to discover wonderful experiences and enjoy a taste of the Hunter.

  • Wine tasting, Hunter Valley
  • Hunter Valley winery

About the 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.

Gemelli Estate, Hunter

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, and 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.

Circa 1876, Hunter

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 or join Ngurra Bu’s Aboriginal-led tour to significant indigenous rock engravings. 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.

  • Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin

    The Hunter Valley

    Discover Australia’s oldest wine region and the cellar doors of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury and Broke. Enjoy delicious food, balloon rides and festivals, and explore historic towns.

  • Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops National Park

    Barrington Tops

    Explore this beautiful World Heritage rainforest and enjoy breathtaking views. Stay in the nearby charming towns of Dungog and Gloucester, both ideal bases for adventure holidays.

  • Cattle muster, Belltrees Estate

    The Upper Hunter

    The rural charm and scenic drives are enticing. Enjoy boutique wineries and markets in Denman, fine cheeses and heritage walks in Muswellbrook, and horse festivals in Scone.

  1. Audrey Wilkinson

    Audrey Wilkinson was first planted in 1866 making it the oldest vineyard site in Pokolbin and one of the oldest in Australia. The Cellar Door is perched atop a foot hill of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges, and is a...

  2. Ballabourneen Wine Co

    Ballabourneen Wine Co is celebrating 22 years in the Hunter Valley. Ballabourneen is a boutique producer of fine wines and creates all the traditional favourites like Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz....

  3. Belmore Hotel Scone

    Located in picturesque Scone, the heart of Thoroughbred country, The Belmore is the Upper Hunters favourite place to sit back and unwind.At the northern end of Scone’s main street, almost opposite the...

  4. Bimbadgen Winery

    Set high on a hill in the heart of wine country, Bimbadgen is one of the Hunter Valley's most picturesque and award-winning wineries.As well as the vineyards, the estate features an open-plan winemaking...

  5. Binnorie Dairy

    Set right in the middle of the Hunter Valley's fabulous Pokolbin vineyard district, Binnorie Dairy produces a range of cheeses with distinctive characters unavailable outside the region. One of the ways this...

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Local areas

  • Barrington Tops A wilderness region with camp sites, rustic cottages and mountain townships.
  • Hunter Valley World-class wines are complemented by superb cuisine and boutique accommodation.
  • Upper Hunter Fine wines, elegant restaurants and farmers' markets showcase local produce.