Getting to the Hunter Valley

The wineries, cellar doors and delicious food 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.

For a scenic road trip, take the Calga exit on the M1 for Tourist Drive 33 to historic Wollombi in the Hunter Valley. You can stop at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park on the way and explore the colonial heritage of the convict-built Great North Road, which linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley.

Couple pulled over to watch the sunrise in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Trains depart from Sydney for Maitland and Singleton, via Newcastle. You can use an Opal card to pay for the trains to the valley, as well as on most trains to the Upper Hunter and to Paterson and Dungog near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, part of the Gondwana Rainforests.

From the North Coast, train services depart from towns including Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Taree for the Barrington Tops and Maitland. There are regular trains from northern country NSW towns such as Moree and Gunnedah, and Armidale and Tamworth, to Scone, Muswellbrook and Maitland.

sunset over Tyrrells Wines - Pokolbin

Connecting buses and wine tours will help you explore the delights in the region. Tour operators will also pick you up from your accommodation. There are car rentals available, too. Coach and small group wine-tasting tours also depart from Sydney, Newcastle and other centres in Regional NSW.

Flying to the Hunter Valley is another option, with daily flights from Sydney and other cities to Newcastle Airport. Car rental is available for the easy drive to the vineyards – Pokolbin is 50 minutes away. Helicopter tours, with golf and dining packages, are available too from Sydney to the valley.

Once in the valley, you’ll find a wonderful range of tour experiences. For romantics, Hunter Valley Classic Carriages and Hunter Valley Horses offer horse-drawn carriage tours. You can hire bicycles and pedal to wineries. The Hunter Valley Visitor Centre, near Cessnock, will help you plan your trip.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport 

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach of Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines and shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.

Newcastle Airport offers direct flights to and from eight destinations throughout southeastern Australia. Jetstar flies to Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast; Virgin Australia flies to Melbourne; QantasLink flies to Brisbane; and Regional Express flies to Sydney. FlyPelican flies to Ballina/Byron, Canberra, Dubbo and Taree. Virgin Australia also operates seasonal direct flights to Auckland, New Zealand, between November and February.


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