Getting to the Hunter Valley

Delicious food and wine experiences in the beautiful Hunter Valley are easily accessible, whether you drive, join a bus tour, take a train or fly. The most direct drive north from Sydney is two hours via the M1 motorway, following the Cessnock/Hunter Valley Vineyards exit sign to Cessnock.

Sun setting over Tyrrell's Wines vineyard in Pokolbin, The Hunter Valley

For a scenic road trip, take the Calga exit on the M1 for Tourist Drive 33 and explore the convict trail – the World Heritage-listed Great North Road. You can stop at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and drive through enchanting wilderness into the Hunter Valley, via picturesque Wollombi.

NSW TrainLink trains depart from Sydney's Central Station for Newcastle suburbs and the Hunter Valley towns of Maitland and Singleton. Connecting buses and tours will help you explore the region further. Coach and boutique wine-tasting tours depart from Sydney and other centres in Regional NSW.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Flying to the Hunter Valley is another option, with daily flights from Sydney and other cities to Newcastle Airport, where you can rent a car for the easy drive to the vineyards. Helicopter tours, with golf and dining packages, are also available from Sydney to Australia’s oldest wine region.

Once in the Hunter Valley, you'll find tour operators who specialise in vineyard tours. For romantics, Hunter Valley Classic Carriages offers horse-drawn carriage tours. You can also hire bicycles and pedal to wineries. Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, near Cessnock, can help you plan your trip.


  1. Nan's Neighbour's Feast

    Friday 27 April 2018 , Pokolbin

    Nan's Neighbour's feast. Come join them for a relaxed and enjoyable dinner on the last Friday of each month. This will be a night focused on great food, good company and your favourite wine that you bring along. Your ticket includes Bring…

    27 Apr
  2. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Pokolbin

    Handmade Hunter Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines - The longest running and most popular, meet-the-maker market in the vineyards. You will meet and talk with the grower, maker or artist behind each of the expertly crafted and truly unique “Hand…

    28 Apr - 29 Dec
  3. Groovin the Moo

    Saturday 28 April 2018 , Maitland

    Get your planners out because Groovin the Moo (GTM) is weaving its way back to its beloved Maitland on Saturday, April 28. GTM is the perfect way to explore paths less travelled with your mates, with plenty to experience both on the way to…

    28 Apr
  4. Twilight Markets Lovedale

    Saturday 28 April 2018 , Lovedale

    They say twilight is the witching hour, so come watch the magic unfold at their Twilight Markets. They’ll have live music, a chill-out zone by Blanket Fort Parties and flower workshops by Wired Stems and cheese making demonstrations by Binn…

    28 Apr
  5. Hunter Wine Country Markets

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018 , Pokolbin

    Hunter Wine Country Markets is held every Saturday. It is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans. When they have rain or winds you will find them trading inside De Bortoli Wines barrel room. Stalls include fashion, food, jewel…

    28 Apr - 29 Dec