Delicious long lunches

Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, Lovedale entices with boutique cellar doors, quality restaurants, charming places to stay and gourmet produce. Enjoy a glorious sunrise in a balloon and indulge at the famous Lovedale Long Lunch, a two-day extravaganza.

  • Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley
  • Vineyard, Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe, Hunter

About Lovedale

Discover the allure of Lovedale, with its boutique wineries, vineyard retreats and delicious food - savoury and sweet. The enchanting village in the beautiful Hunter Valley is just two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 40 minutes from Newcastle Airport.

Accommodation options include luxury vineyard retreats, guesthouses and cottages, or stay at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort or Tonic Hotel. A thrilling yet gentle way to begin your day is watching a glorious sunrise in balloon high above the vineyards with Beyond Ballooning.

Beyond Ballooning, Lovedale, Hunter

The Hunter Valley produces some of the world’s best wines. One of the delightful things to do is wine tasting at the cellar doors in Lovedale, such as Allandale Winery, Capercaille Wines and Wandin Valley Estate. You can visit the cellar doors yourself or join one of the many tours in the region.

Food lovers will be amazed with the gourmet delights in Lovedale, including quality restaurants, fresh seasonal produce and sweet desserts. The area also celebrates its food and wine at the famous Lovedale Long Lunch, a two-day festival where you’ll discover epicurean wonders.

Crown Plaza Hunter Valley, Hunter

For a mouth-watering range of smoked and cured meats, visit Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry. At Sabor in the Hunter indulge in desserts matched with sweet wines. Lovers of fine chocolate will find tempting treats at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. You can even hone your cooking skills at the Major Lanes Cooking School, which specialises in Asian cookery.

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne.  FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.


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