Wollombi

Once a major junction on the convict-built Great North Road, the historic village of Wollombi now moves at a slower pace. Stroll its well-preserved streets, enjoy lively festivals and visit tasty markets. It’s part of the Wollombi Valley in Australia’s oldest wine region and is close to the World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park.

History and heritage

Wollombi will charm you with cafes, shops and a country pub as well as many fine 19th century buildings such as St Michael’s Church, St John’s Church and the Wollombi Endeavour Museum, the former courthouse. Pick up a map from the museum and follow the easy 1km heritage walk around town.

Horse on a property in Wollombi in Hunter Valley, Hunter region

Food and wine

On the banks of Wollombi Brook, the family-operated Wollombi Wines hand-picks semillon and shiraz grapes from low-yield vines first planted in 1994. The Undercliff Winery is on the banks of Yengo Creek and planted the iconic Hunter Valley varieties in 1990, and then other grape varieties.

At the Wollombi Markets, you can browse and taste local produce, including wine, cheese, jams, bread and smallgoods. The market is held on the Monday of each long weekend (Easter, June and October) and on Australia Day. In addition to fresh produce and artisan goods, there are stalls selling locally made handicrafts and other gifts.

Fountain of Zero Brenner and Muljana in vines sky, Wollombi

Things to do

For outdoor adventure, the spectacular Yengo National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking or 4WD touring in the park. One of the best walking trails is the Finchley Cultural Walk to significant Aboriginal rock engravings.

You can time your visit with festivals, too. The annual Wollombi Music Festival in September has been wowing audiences since 2010 with great artists and bands. Another annual drawcard is the Sculpture in the Vineyards, a free 16-day outdoor exhibition in November across four vineyards.

Getting there and where to stay

Wollombi is just under two hours’ drive north of Sydney. You can also fly into Newcastle Airport and hire a car for the 80min drive. There are plenty of accommodation options, from vineyard cottages and farmstays to tranquil retreats, luxury resorts and beautifully restored Georgian colonial building in the heart of the village.

 

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.

Things to Do and Places to Stay

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