Hunter Valley Luxury Escapes

For the discerning traveller, the Hunter Valley is an exquisite escape where exceptional heritage and extraordinary innovation meld with natural beauty and luxury resorts. From the world-class wines and restaurants to UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, Australia’s oldest wine region is impressive.

Some of the best wines in the world are made in the valley, which is two hours’ drive north from Sydney – even quicker in a chartered helicopter – and 50 minutes from Newcastle Airport. Enjoy wine tasting on private tasting tours to cellar doors and meet the winemakers and cellarmasters.

Twine Restaurant - Hunter Valley

A deliciously splendid food scene will enliven your sensors, with talented chefs creating moreish dishes using the region’s fresh local produce. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide features a number of restaurants and awards chef hats – similar to Michelin stars – to the following:

Other featured restaurants are Esca Bimbadgen at the Bimbadgen winery, at Oakdale Wines 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.

Hot Air Ballooning in the Hunter Valley

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 as well as cottages in vineyard estates, including Spicers Vineyards Estate, and well-appointed holiday houses in serene settings.

A memorable way to begin the day is watching a glorious sunrise from a hot air balloon. Balloon Aloft, Balloon Safaris, Beyond Ballooning and Wine Country Ballooning each offer the exhilarating experience of soaring above the vineyards for a spectacular panorama of the valley and beyond. 

West is the Yengo National Park in the Greater Blue Mountain World Heritage Area and north is the Barrington Tops National Park in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests. You can marvel at the wilderness and the valley on joy flights with Slattery Helicopters and Hunter Valley Helicopters.

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.

Hunter Valley luxury experiences

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