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The Hunter Valley is a must for wine lovers and foodies. The area also has excellent outdoor activities and a wealth of heritage buildings. Visit famous wine estates and vineyards, explore charming towns, hike through national parks, or spend the day in picturesque gardens in the heart of the valley.
Soon after Australia was colonized, wineries sprung up in the fertile plains of the Hunter Valley. The first settlers found that grapes thrive in this region, thanks to a climate that is comparable to the Mediterranean. Now, nearly two centuries later, the valley is a leading producer of a distinct dry white wine: semillon.
Visit some of Australia’s famous wineries and enjoy sampling the local produce as you go from estate to estate. To discover the legacy of Australia’s oldest wine region, visit Brokenwood Wines, Pepper Tree Wines or the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard. For exclusive blends, visit the cellar doors of smaller boutique wineries, such as Mistletoe and Saddler’s Creek.
Because the attractions are widespread and involve drinking, it’s recommended to book a tour of the region. Coaches leave from Sydney and pickups can also be arranged in the Hunter Valley townships and in Newcastle, the east coast city at the mouth of the Hunter River.
If you decide to rent a car instead, pick up a map of all estates at the tourist information center just north of Cessnock. This rural township in the Lower Hunter Valley is full of colonial heritage, with rustic accommodation, restaurants and bars.
To the northwest, Singleton is another great town in which to base yourself. In between lies Pokolbin, home to the Hunter Valley Gardens, a huge horticultural park with ponds and playgrounds.
Rent equipment or book an adventure tour and go hiking, fishing, mountain biking or kayaking in one of the surrounding forests. Barrington Tops National Park, north of Newcastle, is part of the treasured Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
Just a two-hour drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley offers a typical Australian country escape for those who appreciate the simple gifts of nature.
Great place to stay!! Perfect location, staff were very friendly and helpful. Villa was clean and had everything we needed. Only disappointing part was we had to clean the balcony.
Beautiful spacious property & grounds - the rooms were bright & comfortable - the lap pool was a bonus and unexpected!
Great location, bed super comfortable and room very clean! Overall five and would stay again but ‘Complimentary’ mini bar was ridiculous though. Would rather they didn’t even offer it! Two beers, couple of cokes and couple of waters. No ice and only two sugar sachets! Would rather have had a better ...
Everything during our stay was excellent. The staff at Kirkton Park were wonderful. The rooms are big and lovely and there is plenty to do at the hotel. The food at the hotel is great and the long lunch at the hotel (hosted by the lovely Ming and Lee from Hanging Tree Wines) was a perfect way to ...
Very welcoming and helpful staff. Big room with a big comfortable bed. Plenty of room in the bathroom.
Great relaxing spot in Pokolbin. Took my 82 year old mum to stay there while touring around Hunter Valley region. Perfect for her as minimal steps and our room had a patio out back to sit and relax with kangaroos passing by regularly. She just loved it.
Nice peaceful hotel to relax. Great views from the stair well top and the pool looked nice but didn’t get to try it as it was a bit cold. Unfortunately we didn’t get to experience the restaurant as it was fully booked when we checked in but pizza at the bar was the alternative.