A charming village by pretty Wollombi Brook, Broke is in a wine subregion billed as the ‘tranquil side’ of the Hunter Valley. Dotted with vineyards, wineries and olive groves, the beautiful Broke Fordwich region produces about a quarter of the wine grapes grown in Australia’s oldest wine region.
A delightful range of wines are available for tasting at cellar doors in Broke Fordwich, which achieved its official geographical indication for its distinctive soils and microclimate in 1997. Enjoy the acclaimed semillon as well as chardonnay, verdelho, shiraz, merlot and other varieties.
Combine your visit to a cellar door with a cheese platter and enjoy the splendid views of the vineyards and beyond. Or savour fine food and wine at elegant restaurants and cafes. At Margan Hunter Valley Winery, indulge in fresh seasonal produce at its award-wining restaurant.
You’ll also find gourmet local produce at the Broke Village Community Market, held on the first Sunday of the month. Accommodation options in the Broke region, from luxury guesthouses and cottages on vineyard estates to rural retreats and holiday homes and bed and breakfasts.
The village is a short drive northwest of Cessnock, which is two hours’ drive north of Sydney. With a spectacular backdrop of the Broken Back Range and Yellow Rock escarpment, Broke is a great base for exploring the enchanting wilderness in the area. Take a scenic drive to the World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park and visit significant Aboriginal cultural sites, including ancient rock art.