At the Hunter Valley Zoo, hand-feed kangaroos, pat koalas and meet meerkats and Berani, an endangered Malayan tapir. The zoo is between Cessnock and Lovedale and near Werakata National Park, where you’ll find a delightful picnic area and cycling and walking trails.
Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is home to many more memorable family adventures. The Storybook garden in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin, brings timeless nursery rhyme characters out of the pages into a gorgeous setting that will delight the whole family.
A great way for the family to see the vineyards in Australia’s oldest wine region is on a bicycle. You can hire bicycles from Hunter Valley Cycling, Grapemobile Bicycle Hire and Sutton Estate Electric Bike Hire. Another enjoytable option is a guided tour with Segway Tours Hunter Valley.
Take time out from exploring the vineyards for family fun at Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt, where you’ll have lots of laughs playing mini golf and hitting floating golf balls into a lake to win prizes. There are also indoor go kart tracks and GravityX, an indoor trampoline park.