Hunter Valley

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.

Scenic views and wine at Bistro Molines, Mount View in the Hunter Valley

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.

Food and wine from Bistro Molines, Mount View in the Hunter Valley

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.

Bistro Molines, Hunter Valley

South of Broke is Wollombi, where Ngurra Bu offers an Aboriginal guided tour of indigenous rock paintings. Northeast of Cessnock are the towns of Maitland, Morpeth and Paterson.

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 Singleton Heritage Walk.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

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 Brisbane and Melbourne.  FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Boutique Winery Tour and Barrel Tasting

    Friday 04 May 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Hunter Valley

    Ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes in a winery? Or are you just curious for a look around? Visit Briar Ridge during May and June for a relaxed boutique winery tour and wine tasting. It’s a great way to learn more about …

    04 May - 30 Jun
  2. Music in the Woods

    Saturday 02 June 2018 ,

    Enjoy a day in the Wollombi Valley and cosy up with a range of Stonehurst wines, including mulled wine on pour. Dance away the afternoon amongst 100 poplar trees or simply relax beside the firepit in the woods. A unique winter experience,…

    02 Jun
  3. American Smoking Barbecue

    Saturday 30 June 2018 ,

    Gain an understanding of the four main barbecue regions of the United States and the differences between them. Gain confidence to use charcoal/wood in smoking/cooking meats. Learn about the “low and slow” method of barbecue. Unlock the sec…

    30 Jun
  4. Spring Fair

    Sunday 26 August 2018 , Hunter Valley

    All the fun at the Spring Fair, with cake stalls, craft stalls, live entertainment, car and bike display, amusement rides, pony rides and much more! …

    26 Aug
  5. Kurri Kurri Community Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: October 2018 , Hunter Valley

    Kurri Kurri Community Festival gets underway. Festival organisers will have food, drinks, stalls and fun things happening such as entertainment, rides, stalls, food, face, painting, jumping castles, Brothers Three - performing at 5pm and…

    21 Oct
  6. Historic Movies Under The Stars

    Saturday 24 November 2018 , 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 f…

    24 Nov