Photo: Vineyards in the Hunter
The Hunter is known for its great wines, but is has been developing its name as a gourmet paradise.
Al Fresco Cafe’s and fine dining restaurants dot the valley. A number of the wineries themselves have award winning restaurants offering delicious fare and fine dining. Lunch and afternoon are more relaxed.
Cellar doors at all the notable wineries allow sampling some great wines, including in particular, the Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay varietals. Visit one or a number of the wineries to discuss, learn more and see how these wines are made.
You can tour a number of these working wineries, including Rothbury Estate, McWilliams Mt Pleasant Estate and Tyrrels. Phone the Wine Country Visitors Information Centre for more info about these tours, places to visit, things to do and see in the Valley: Phone +061 2 4990 0900.
Other than food and wine? Yes, there are plenty of things to do in the Hunter. Try a champagne breakfast with a sunrise balloon flight or take a romantic horse and carriage ride through the vineyards.
There are bicycles for hire for exploring at your own pace, or visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, 25 hectares of living colour. There is horse riding - view the sunset, enjoy wonderful scenery and see Australian wildlife in their habitat.
Take a joy flight or a helicopter flight, learn about wines at the Hunter Resort, go for a trike ride, sample cheeses and chocolates. Want more?
Go canoeing down the Hunter River, play golf or take the historic Maitland Gaol tour and even stay for a sleepover. Will they let you out?
You can visit beautiful Tomago House, a National Trust Home. At Richmond Vale, you can take a steam train ride.
There are lots of things to see and do in the Hunter Region, with something for everyone.
Newcastle is a good place to base yourself for exploring the Hunter Region as well as the Coast. See more about Newcastle NSW.
Maitland has a wonderful collection of buidings built in Australia’s early Colonial Period, but also from the Georgian, Victorian and Federation days.
Cessnock NSW is also a great place to begin exploring the Hunter Region. The Cessnock Information Centre has plenty of information on what to do, where to go, best wineries to visit, great restaurants, Hunter Valley tours and plenty of choices for activities.
Singleton, in the center of the Hunter region and on the river, is home to Wyndham Estate Winery, Australia’s oldest surviving winery. Other notable nearby wineries include Mount Pleasant Wine and Food Estate, run by McWilliams, Fairview Wines, Bellona Estate, McGuigan Cellars and Hungeford Hill.
Singleton also has a Historical Museum as well as an Infantry Museum worth visiting, and the different wine tours are available take you to some very select wineries in the area.
See the winery tour page Sydney Wine Tasting Tours Hunter Valley.
For Hunter Valley Hotels and NSW Travel Deals see NSW Tourist Guide - Hunter Valley Hotel Accommodation.
North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take the F3 Freeway to the Sydney - Newcastle Highway. At the end, take the the New England Freeway. Trains are available from Sydney Central, Strathfield and Hornsby via Countrylink (Phone 13 22 32) - in NSW.
The map shows National Parks, towns and places of interest in the Newcastle and Hunter Region.
Map - See Hunter Valley Map NSW.
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Photo: Hunter Valley Winery Tours