Cessnock, practically surrounded by famous Hunter Valley Wineries and near to the beautiful Central Coast of NSW, is a great place to escape the busy-ness of Sydney for an idyllic and enjoyable break.
The Hunter Valley produces some of the best Semillon in Australia as well as other superb wines. Gourmet restaurants dot the valley and small towns of the valley, serving fresh locally grown produce, including olives and a variety of cheeses replete with suitable wines for the enhancement of flavours.
There are also a number of art galleries and antique shops, not only in Cessnock but in the surrounds.
Once the home on a grand estate, Marthaville is now occupied by an Arts and Crafts Centre. The home, the oldest sawn timber building in the region, has been carefully restored to its former glory, with original fireplaces and mantlepieces, as has the kitchen.
There are changing exhibits and a beautiful garden. The shop sells locally made arts and crafts. Located at 200 Wollombi Rd, Cessnock. Ph. +61 2 4990 2653 for more information.
Not far from Cessnock is the historical Wollombi Village. Occupied by sandstone and wooden buildings dating back to the 1800s, the village gives a glimpse into rural life of the 19th Century. Located just south west of Cessnock.
At the Richmond Vale Railway and Mining Museum there are steam engines, a running railway and the abandoned Richmond Main Colliery. The museum has displays and exhibits relating to the mining operations held there long ago.
Nearby national parks to explore include the smaller Yengo National Park, Barrington NP and the great Wollemi NP.
You can tour a number of the 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.
Cessnock 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.
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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