Family Fun in the Hunter Valley
The whole family will love the fun adventures in the Hunter Valley, from hand-feeding kangaroos and petting baby alligators at the zoo to exploring the enchanting Storybook garden, cycling and horseriding. In splendid national parks, enjoy family picnics, bushwalking and mountain bike trails.
Meet big cats and meerkats at the Hunter Valley Zoo, near Cessnock. You’ll get up close to koalas and kangaroos and say hello to Berani, an endangered Malayan tapir. There are all kinds of reptiles, from alligators to goannas, turtles and iguanas. The alligator shows are held in spring and summer.
Near the zoo is the Werakata National Park where you can spot wallabies, regent honeyeaters and swift parrots, to name just a few. The ironbark and spotted gums bloom in winter, providing a rich food source. The easy 8km Deadmans mountain bike loop begins near the lovely Astills picnic area.
Only two hours’ drive north of Sydney, the green valley is home to many more memorable things to do. Horseriding in the tranquil countryside is popular. Hunter Valley Horse Riding in Rothbury and Chapman Valley Horse Riding, southwest of Singleton, offer trail riding for all levels of experience.
The Storybook garden in the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin brings timeless nursery rhymes out of the pages into a gorgeous setting that will delight the young and young at heart. In the winter school holidays, the kids can build snowmen and ice skate at the annual Snow Time in the Garden.
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 for delightful experiences. Another enjoyable option is a 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. Other activities include go karts on indoor tracks and GravityX, an indoor trampoline park.