Hunter Valley

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Escape urban life and head to the countryside to enjoy the local produce, history and scenery of Australia’s oldest wine region.

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.

Top hotels in Hunter Valley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
4.5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
€99
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in the historical district, this luxury resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bimbadgen Estate, Lucy's Run and Moorebank Vineyard. Roche Estate and Hunter ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,569 reviews)

"Fantastic customer service - staff could not do enough to help us. Beautiful setting & a lovely steak at the restaurant in the evening. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Chateau Elan
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
4 out of 5
430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, NSW
€101
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

This family-friendly Lovedale hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club, Hungerford Hill and Allandale Winery. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,799 reviews)

"Food property. Not much around late at night. But close to vineyards"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
€115
per night
Mar 12 - Mar 13

Situated in a rural location, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, Brokenwood Wines and Tempus ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,546 reviews)

"Kangaroos and wildlife outlook was really quiet too"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

Popular things to do in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Gardens
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Hunter Valley Gardens

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Spend a relaxing morning or afternoon walking and playing, or have a leisurely lunch, in these family-friendly gardens.

Brokenwood Wines
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Brokenwood Wines

Taste wine straight from wooden barrels at this former hobby winery, which is now one of Australia’s most notable wine producers.

PepperTree Wines
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PepperTree Wines

Enjoy a sensory and educational experience at one of the most respected winemakers in the Hunter Valley.

Top activities in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney
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Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney

86% of travellers recommend
€91
Per adult
Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour
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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour

96% of travellers recommend
€125
Per adult
Hunter Valley Scenic Flight
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Hunter Valley Scenic Flight

100% of travellers recommend
€85
Per adult
Wine Country Highlights
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Wine Country Highlights

100% of travellers recommend
€58
Per adult
'Cheeses of the World' - Wine Matching Experience
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'Cheeses of the World' - Wine Matching Experience

€18
Per adult
Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings
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Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings

90% of travellers recommend
€82
Per adult