Hunter Valley Luxury Escapes
For the discerning traveller, the Hunter Valley is an exquisite escape. This acclaimed region is where exceptional heritage and innovation meld with natural beauty to deliver the finer things in life. From outstanding wines and restaurants to World Heritage wilderness, Australia’s oldest wine region is superb.
Take your wine tasting to the next level on private tours to cellar doors where you can meet the winemakers and cellarmasters. Visit Brokenwood Wines for a private masterclass or blending experience and create your own unique drop. You can even hop between vineyards in a helicopter with Aero Logistics.
A memorable way to begin the day is watching a glorious sunrise from a hot air balloon. Balloon Aloft and Beyond Ballooning each offer the exhilarating experience of soaring above the vineyards for a spectacular panorama of the valley and beyond.
A delicious food scene will enliven your senses, with talented chefs creating moreish dishes using the region’s fresh local produce at hatted restaurants, including:
- Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Wines in Pokolbin
- Muse Kitchen at Keith Tulloch Winery in Pokolbin
- Bistro Molines in Mount View
- Margan Restaurant at Margan Hunter Valley Winery in Broke
- Yellow Billy Restaurant at Piggs Peake in Pokolbin
- EXP.restaurant at Oakdale Wines in Pokolbin
Other must-eat restaurants are Esca Bimbadgen at the Bimbadgen winery and Restaurant Botanica at Spicers Vineyards Estate. You’ll find many more quality restaurants in tranquil vineyards in the valley, where vines were first planted in the early 1820s.
Places to stay include elegant resorts with beautifully curated golf courses, such as Chateau Elan, Oaks Cypress Lakes and Crowne Plaza. There are secluded retreats surrounded by vineyards, like Spicers Vineyards Estate and the new Spicers Guesthouse. Elysia Wellness Retreat is a haven of relaxation with luxurious spa experiences.
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. Link Airways operates direct flights between Canberra and Newcastle six days a week. FlyPelican flies to Ballina/Byron, Canberra, Dubbo and Taree. Virgin Australia also operates seasonal direct flights to Auckland, New Zealand, between November and February.