Hunter Valley

Explore the delights of the beautiful Hunter Valley, from award-winning wineries and acclaimed restaurants to tasty festivals and fresh local produce. A lovely escape only two hours’ drive north of Sydney, Australia’s oldest wine region is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty.

Exceptional heritage and exciting innovation define the winemaking, producing some of the best wines in the world such as the iconic Hunter Valley Semillon. The success of the pioneering family-owned wineries inspired new vignerons making new wines from emerging European grape varieties.

Wine tasting at a cellar door in the Hunter Valley

With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, one of the great pleasures of wine tasting is discovering what you like. From the classic valley wines to the newer varieties, you’ll find the experience both fun and informative, and you can visit the wineries directly or with wine tours.

For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and beyond, gently soar in a hot air balloon. A highlight of the events calendar is the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, a celebration in May and June of the elegant wine and diverse produce. Colourful markets and vineyard concerts are popular, too.

Perfect for a midweek break, weekend escape or romantic getaway, accommodation options suit various budgets. There are campgrounds and caravan parks, vineyard cottages and guesthouses, as well as retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses with mesmerising views.

enjoying Oaks Cyprus Lakes Resort facilities in the Hunter Valley

The kids will be thrilled, too, with all the fun family activities. You can meet big cats and meerkats at the Hunter Valley Zoo, near Cessnock. At the idyllic Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin, discover the enchanting Storybook garden. In the national parks, enjoy bushwalking and mountain bike trails.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park is near Broke and Wollombi, which traces its colonial heritage to the convict-built Great North Road that linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. You can explore ancient Aboriginal rock art and other indigenous heritage on the Finchley cultural walk.

In colonial times the Hunter River was a transport artery. Find out more about river ports in Paterson and Morpeth, where the Arnott’s biscuit dynasty began. In Maitland is a heritage walk and tour of the old Maitland Gaol. For military history, visit the Australian Army Infantry Museum in Singleton.

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.


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  1. Semillon and Sushi Tasting Experience

    Wednesday 01 May 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019 , Hunter Valley

    Looking for the perfect accompaniment to the rich oily flavour of raw fish and sushi? Think crisp citrusy Semillons. This experience includes a tasting of three Semillons – 2010 Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Semillon, 2015 Stockhausen…

    01 May - 30 Jun
  2. Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting and Blending Workshop

    Saturday 11 May 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019 , Hunter Valley

    Calling all wine enthusiasts! Immerse yourself in a hands-on, 2.5 hour experience where you’ll learn about the wine making process from vine to bottle. This event begins with a guided tour of Mount View vineyard, and you are then split…

    11 May - 22 Jun
  3. Historic Movies Under The Stars

    Saturday 23 November 2019 , Hunter Valley

    Come along for a unique evening of historic movies under the stars, in the forested mountains high above the Hunter Valley. Entertaining and historic films include short films from the 1920s to the 1950s, plus the classic 1946 Australian…

    23 Nov