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 World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park, where you’ll find bushwalking and mountain bike trails.
Wollombi will charm you with cafes, shops and a country pub as well as fine heritage buildings such as St Michael’s Church, St John’s Church and the Endeavour Museum, the former courthouse. Vineyards and cellar doors include Wollombi Wines and Undercliff Winery.
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 small goods. 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.
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.
Wollombi is just two hours’ drive north from Sydney via the scenicTourist Drive 33, nicknamed the convict trail after the convict-built Great North Road which linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. It’s 80 minutes west of Newcastle airport.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from vineyard cottages perfect for a midweek or weekend escape, to farm stays to tranquil retreats and luxury resorts. You can even stay in a beautifully restored Georgian colonial building in the heart of the village.