Vines in the Hunter Valley’s rich soils produce some of the world’s best wines. Australia’s oldest wine region is two hours’ drive from Sydney and is known for its internationally acclaimed semillon, family-owned wineries, innovative young winemakers, delicious restaurants and fresh produce.
Broken Back Range is a spectacular backdrop to this most picturesque of Australian wine regions. You’ll discover plenty of things to do — winery tours, festivals, farmers markets and splendid attractions. For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards, gently soar in a hot-air balloon or go skydiving.
With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, there are plenty of wine-tasting tours. You can also visit the wineries directly and learn more about wine at the Hunter Wine Theatre. Accommodation options suit a range of budgets, from luxury resorts to youth hostels.
Check out the exciting events calendar for music and epicurean festivals as well as fun family activities. The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival in May and June celebrates the region’s elegant wines and fresh produce, including olive oil, cheese, stone fruit, quail, duck, venison and beef.
Golf in the vineyards is another popular activity. Tee off at championship golf courses, such as the Greg Norman-designed The Vintage. The tranquil environment of the Hunter Valley is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation too. Pamper yourself at one of the many day spas in the region.
A great way to experience the valley is on scenic drives. The southern gateway is Cessnock, where the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery hosts travelling exhibitions. You can also hire bicycles and pedal from charming villages, such as Pokolbin, Lovedale and Rothbury, to vineyards and cellar doors. To the west is Broke, a hamlet surrounded by vineyards with delightful food and wine experiences.
Explore the fascinating history of Maitland Gaol, enjoy a riverside picnic in heritage-listed Morpeth and see Paterson’s colonial buildings, including Tocal Homestead. At Singleton, northwest of Cessnock, visit the Australian Army Infantry Museum and amble on the