Getting to the Hunter Valley
Looking for a weekend escape or romantic getaway? Only 165km north of Sydney, the world-famous wineries, delicious restaurants and tranquil towns of the beautiful Hunter Valley are easy to get to by car, bus, train or plane. You’ll also find wine tours that pick you up from your accommodation when you are there.
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 for Tourist Drive 33 to historic Wollombi. Coach and wine-tasting tours also leave Sydney and Newcastle.
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 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 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.
Flying to the Hunter Valley is another option, with daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other regional 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 also available from Sydney.
Once in the Hunter Valley, you’ll find a wonderful range of tours. 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 Pokolbin, will help you plan your trip.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from vineyard cottages to tranquil retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses with mesmerising views. Check out the delicious events calendar for foodie festivals, markets and events, and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.