A beautiful village in the tranquil Broke-Fordwich pocket of Australia’s oldest wine making region, Broke is known for some of the best boutique wineries as well as acclaimed fine dining, World Heritage wilderness and ancient rock art. Dotted with vineyards, grapes include Hunter Valley classics and emerging varieties.
Combine your wine tasting at a cellar door with a cheese platter and savour views over the vineyards and foothills of the spectacular Broken Back Range and Yellow Rock escarpment. Many cellar doors, including award-winning Krinklewood Vineyard and Glenguin Estate and Vineyard, practice organic viticulture.
Margan Restaurant is in the prestigious Margan Hunter Valley Winery, a family-owned estate with a rammed earth cellar door. This hatted restaurant has a large kitchen garden and orchard, with olive trees and estate made honey. A selection of the estate grown produce is incorporated into the menu.
You’ll also find gourmet local produce at the Broke Village Market, held on the first Sunday of the month. Other delicious events include Whispering Brook’s annual Olive Long Table Luncheon in June and Glenguin Estate’s Winter Fireside Chats wine tasting, held every Saturday from May to September.
Take a scenic drive to Yengo National Park for views of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from Finchley lookout. On the Finchley Cultural Walk you will see Aboriginal engravings at one of Australia’s finest Aboriginal cultural sites. Explore the park further by 4WD or mountain bike.
Getting to Broke is easy. It’s just over two hours’ drive from Sydney along Tourist Drive 33, nicknamed the convict trail after the convict-built Great North Road, and 70min west of Newcastle Airport. Trains also depart from Sydney for Maitland, Morriset and Singleton, with connecting buses to Wine Country.
For a romantic getaway or a short stay, Broke is a perfect destination. Take a midweek or weekend sojourn at one of the 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.