For an idyllic escape, Broke is enchanting. You’ll discover boutique wineries, the acclaimed Margan Restaurant, UNESCO World Heritage wilderness and ancient rock art. The charming village by pretty Wollombi Brook is in the Broke Fordwich wine subregion of Australia’s oldest winemaking region.
Dotted with vineyards and olive groves, Broke Fordwich achieved its official geographical indication for its distinctive soils and microclimate in 1997. The wine grapes grown include the Hunter Valley classics and exciting emerging varieties such as arneis, albarino, barbera, fiano and touriga nacional.
Combine your wine tasting at a cellar door with a cheese platter and enjoy the splendid views of the vineyards and beyond, including the spectacular Broken Back Range and the striking Yellow Rock escarpment. Or savour sustainable seasonal produce at vineyard restaurants and local markets.
Margan Restaurant is in the prestigious Margan Hunter Valley Winery, a family-owned estate with a rammed earth cellar door. The restaurant is featured in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide - awarded one chef hat out of a possible three - and has a large kitchen garden and orchard.
You’ll also find gourmet local produce at the Broke Village Community Market, held on the first Sunday of the month. Other delicious events include Whispering Brook’s annual long table luncheon in June and Glenguin Estate’s wine tasting, every Saturday from May to September.
Looking for a romantic getaway or a short stay? Then Broke is a perfect destination for a midweek or weekend sojourn, with luxury guesthouses and cottages set among the vineyards, as well as serene rural retreats. Other places to stay include holiday homes, farm stays and comfortable B&Bs.
For wonderful heritage, take a scenic drive to Yengo National Park for sweeping views of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from Finchley lookout. You can join Aboriginal-guided tours of the sacred Baiame Cave, where ancient rock art depicts the local Dreamtime story of the Creator.
Getting to Broke is easy - and intriguing from Sydney on Tourist Drive 33, nicknamed the convict trail because the convict-built Great North Road first connected Sydney and the Hunter Valley. The drive, via Wollombi, is a little over two hours. The village is 70 minutes west of Newcastle Airport.