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.

Kangaroos, vineyards and olive groves in Sandalyn Wilderness Estate in Rothbury

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.

Hot air balloon over the Vintage Golf Club in Rothbury

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.

Check out the local events calendar for events such as the Hunter Valley Chocolate and Cheese Festival held each July or try your culinary hand at a Brazilian Churrasco Barbecue Cooking Class.

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures in Rothbury, Hunter Valley

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.


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.

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