start from$120 / night
Hunter - New South Wales NSW
Hunter - New South Wales NSW holiday
The Hunter Valley is iconic for its rolling vineyards, which will make your experience beautiful. Enjoy crisp cellar door wines and local produce. Then, retire for the night in your private holiday house, which affords you the comfort of a home-away-from-home. Just one hour north of Sydney, and just south of Port Stephens, the region is the perfect escape, whether for a weekend or longer.
From wine tasting in Australia's oldest wine region to bushwalking in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter is a marvellous escape. You’ll discover incredibly delicious food and wine experiences and beautiful landscapes of rolling vineyards, mountain ranges and ancient rainforest.
With more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia, one of the great pleasures of wine tasting is discovering what you like. From the classic valley wines to the newer varieties, you’ll find the experience both fun and informative, and you can visit the wineries directly or with wine tours.
For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and beyond, gently soar in a hot air balloon. A highlight of the events calendar is the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, a celebration in May and June of the elegant wine and diverse produce. Colourful markets and vineyard concerts are popular, too.
Perfect for a midweek break, weekend escape or romantic getaway, accommodation options suit various budgets. There are campgrounds and caravan parks, vineyard cottages and guesthouses, as well as retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses with mesmerising views.
Fresh local produce and other delights are available at markets and providores, such as Hunter Belle Cheese and the Lovedale Smokehouse. Food and wine festivals, colourful markets, country shows as well as jazz, opera and rock concerts in the vineyards.
The 10-day Scone Horse Festival is in Scone, the horse capital of Australia. The champion mare Winx was raised on a horse stud in the Hunter region.
The World Heritage wilderness in the Hunter is a wonderful attraction, too. In the Yengo National Park, explore ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Finchley cultural walk. Volcanic flows aeons ago shaped the Barrington Tops National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
All you need is a short break to enjoy the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops, all part of the world-renowned Hunter Valley wine region that begins only two hours’ drive north of Sydney.