The Hunter Valley
Explore over 120 wineries….
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s best known & premier wine regions located 2hrs north of Sydney and just 1hr from the Hawkesbury River. The regions fertile soils produce some of the world’s best wines and is particularly well known for its acclaimed Semillon & Shiraz varieties. There are plenty of things to do in the Hunter from winery tours and festivals to farmers markets and dining at some of the regions many acclaimed restaurants. The Hunter region also boasts beautiful heritage rainforests, and stunning natural scenery.
You will also find plenty of activities for families in the Hunter Valley. Hovering over the countryside in a hot air balloon is a wonderful way to soak up the scenery, and kids love interacting with Aussie animals at the Hunter Valley Zoo. Other rewarding places to visit include the heritage trail in Wollombi; the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin; and Bathers Way, the popular seafront promenade in Newcastle, the valley’s largest town. With all these diverse attractions and activities, it’s easy to see why this alluring region is one of the most popular getaways from Sydney.
A visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo is a wonderful activity for families and a great way to experience some of the local wildlife up close. Pat a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, and wander through the bird aviary while the feathered beauties fly all around you. White lions, cheetahs, and ring-tailed lemurs are other more exotic highlights, and you can sign up for a fun encounter with an emperor tamarin or a marmoset. Kids will love coming face-to-face with the farmyard animals and feeding them special food. Free barbecue facilities are available here, and you can also bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds.
The Hunter Valley is a favourite place for visitors to relax and rejuvenate, and spa treatments are the perfect tonic. Set amid the peaceful countryside, many spas offer a range of treatments inspired by local products, as well as double treatment rooms for couples and friends. Among the most popular spas is the Spa at Chateau Elan Hunter Valley. In addition to its pampering treatments, it offers a hydro-lounge with two Jacuzzi’s on a mountain-view deck and a relaxing reflection lounge.
For more information
The Hunter Valley Visitor information centre
9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday and Public Holidays
9:00am – 4:00pm
+61 2 4993 6700
455 Wine Country Drive. Pokolbin NSW 2320