Perfect for a midweek break or romantic weekend, Rothbury is an idyllic escape in the beautiful Hunter Valley. With views of the magnificent Broken Back and Molly Morgan ranges, stay in elegant retreats among rolling vineyards, play golf on a magnificent course, explore a national park and relax in a rejuvenating spa.
There are many award-winning wineries and delicious vineyard restaurants to enjoy, with a range of cellar doors dotted among the vineyards. Acclaimed boutique wineries include Lucy's Run Wines and Hart and Hunter. At St Clements Estate, savour Italian cuisine at Lillino’s.
The enticing winemaking region also produces fine olive oils. Sandalyn Wilderness Estate offers tastings at its cellar door of great wines, olive oils and balsamic vinegars. You can even learn how to make fresh pasta on the estate.
Among the many other outdoor things to do and see around Rothbury, you can ride a bicycle between the wineries. Rothbury is next door to Pokolbin and Lovedale, two more popular wine destinations in the valley with scrumptious attractions. You can even admire the vineyards from above in a hot air balloon.
For more outdoor adventure, Werakata National Park is only a short drive away. The Deadmans mountain bike loop in the park is an easy 8km track. Or you can explore the verdant countryside and the Molly Morgan Range’s trails on horseback with Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures.
Getting to Rothbury in the heart of Australia’s oldest wine region is easy. It’s only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport. Trains also depart from Sydney for Maitland, Morriset and Singleton, with connecting buses to Wine Country.
Plenty of accommodation options are available, from guesthouses, homesteads and cottages in tranquil vineyard and olive grove settings to holiday houses and a luxury resort with a day spa. The Chateau Elan at The Vintage is a resort where you can play golf and relax at The Spa at Chateau Elan.