Wollombi

The beautiful Wollombi Valley is in Australia’s oldest wine region and home to rolling vineyards, cellar doors, fun festivals, tasty markets and convict heritage. The historic village is near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park, where you’ll find bushwalking and mountain bike trails.

On scenic Tourist Drive 33, Wollombi village traces its colonial heritage to the convict-built Great North Road, which linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Surveyed in 1825, the road was finished in 1836 and traversed 264km. About 720 convicts – some chained – laboured on the road in the bush.

Friends relaxing on a front verandah in Wollombi

Wollombi retains its colonial past in fine buildings, including St Michael’s Church, St John’s Church and the Endeavour Museum, the former courthouse. Accommodation options suit various budgets, and you can even stay in a beautifully restored Georgian colonial building in the heart of the village.

Two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 80 minutes west of Newcastle Airport, Wollombi will charm you with cafes, shops and a country pub. The vineyards and cellar doors include Wollombi Wines and Undercliff Winery – both offer cottages to stay in for a perfect midweek or weekend escape.

Inclusion sculpture by artist Greer Taylor at Sculpture in the Vineyards in Wollombi

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 monthly Wollombi Markets, you can browse and taste local produce, including wine, cheese, jams, bread and small goods. The market is held in the second Sunday of the month. In addition to the fresh produce and artisan goods, there are stalls selling locally made handicrafts and other gifts.

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.

For more 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.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne.  FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Wollombi Markets

    Sunday 08 July 2018 to Sunday 12 August 2018 , Wollombi

    The dedicated organisers of this not for profit market are honoured to establish a monthly market at the historic Wollombi Village. Their expectation is to offer a place where families and friends can leisurely enjoy browsing for and tastin…

    08 Jul - 12 Aug
  2. Wollombi Music Festival

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Saturday 22 September 2018 , Wollombi

    The Wollombi Music Festival is returning for its nineth year, and they’re really looking forward to bringing to life another great year of Wollombi. As always they will be putting on a full weekend of music with the epic launch party on th…

    21 Sep - 22 Sep