Top 10 things to do in the Hunter Valley

10 June 2015

Start planning your next Hunter Valley escape with our top 10 things to do, see and experience throughout the region!

 

1. Indulge in local produce

Emerson's Cafe and Restaurant, Lovedale

Emerson’s Cafe and Restaurant, Lovedale

While the Hunter Valley is renowned for their fine wines, the Hunter’s local produce is also well worth sampling. You can purchase delectable morsels including cheeses, smoked meats, olive oils, chocolates direct from the producer. Otherwise, head to a local restaurant to savour expertly-balanced flavours or celebrate fine flavours with themed activities held during the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month.

 

2. Perfect your golf swing

Cypress Lakes Golf Course Hunter Valley

Cypress Lakes Golf Course Hunter Valley

Positioned amongst the picturesque surroundings of the Hunter Valley, the region’s golf courses offer high class facilities ideal for honing your skills. Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Pokolbin offers great views towards the Brokenback Mountain ranges, while Rothbury’s The Vintage Golf Club is home to fairways and greens designed by golfing legend Greg Norman.

 

3. Enjoy a luxurious day spa treatment

Spa weekend, Hunter Valley

Spa weekend, Hunter Valley

Be pampered with one of the many indulgent treatments offered by the Hunter Valley’s day spas. With therapies ranging from full body massages, body wraps and scrubs to facials and pedicures, there are plenty of treatments available to help you feel rejuvenated. Head to the Golden Door Spa for a day of pure relaxation or book a session at Chateau Elan Day Spa to enjoy a treatment alongside a friend or romantic partner.

 

4. Join a vineyard tour

Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin

Lindemans Winery, Pokolbin

Discover the diverse wineries located throughout the region during a guided vineyard tour. Visit a single producer or spend a whole day travelling from one cellar door to the next, sampling fine wines along the way as you see what goes on behind the scenes. With the Hunter Valley located less than two hours from Sydney, a chartered tour is ideal for a day out with a difference.

 

5. Float up high during a hot air balloon ride

Ballooning, Hunter Valley

Ballooning, Hunter Valley

See the Hunter Valley from a different perspective as you join a morning hot air balloon ride. Departing before sunrise, tours allow you to gaze over the region’s vineyards, farms and natural attractions before enjoying a glass of champagne and a gourmet breakfast back on solid ground.

 

6. Visit a cellar door

Head to a local cellar door to meet the people responsible for the production of fine Hunter Valley wines, sample current varieties and to purchase bottles of wine direct from the grower. While you’re there, discover the stories behind each vintage and take advantage of exclusive cellar door releases. Hunter Valley heavyweights Tulloch Wines, Tyrrell’s Vineyards and McGuigan Wines are all well worth a visit.

7. Return to nature

Peppers Guest House Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Peppers Guest House Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Revel in the Hunter’s natural beauty by taking a bushwalk through the region’s spectacular national parks. Spot native plants and animals, such as kookaburras, woodland birds and wild flowers, as you make your way along the walking trails the weave their way through the surrounding Mount Royal, Werakata, Yengo and Watagans national parks.

8. Take a brewery tour

Beer tasting, Hunter Valley

Beer tasting, Hunter Valley

See how some of your favourite beers are created during a visit to one of the Hunter’s craft breweries. Take the opportunity to witness the brewing process, while sampling the final product. Stop by the Hunter Beer Co., Matilda Bay Brewhouse or Morpeth Brewery and Beer Co. for some top brews.

9. Ride in style

Horse and carriage, Hunter Valley

Horse and carriage, Hunter Valley

Whether you’re looking to slow down and see the region at a leisurely pace or are seeking an adrenaline rush, there are plenty of fantastic transport options to choose from throughout the Hunter Valley. Enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride or fulfil your need for speed with a session in one of Aerohunter’s rare war planes.

10. Learn something new

Majors Lane Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Majors Lane Restaurant, Hunter Valley

Develop a new skill with the guidance of an experienced instructor at one of the many food and wine themed classes held in the region. Create sweet treats during a candymaking class; become a master of reds, whites and rosés at the Hunter Valley Wine School; or learn how to transform fresh and flavoursome produce during a visit to Majors Lane Cooking School.

If you’re planning a trip to the region, you can find a great range of special offers on luxurious accommodation with Hunter Valley Indulgence Deals. Find a comfy bed at one of the many venues scattered throughout the region and make the most of added extras, such as wine, included breakfasts and other treats.