The other substantial towns in the Hunter are:
Smaller towns include:
There are several major roads that lead to the Hunter Valley from different directions. Travelers from Sydney can use the Putty Rd for a scenic drive through thick Australian scrub or use the M1 motorway and one of the many exits to access the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Expressway delivers travelers to Branxton, Pokolbin, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock and on the doorstep of the region's wineries. The New England highway bring travelers from north-western NSW and the North Coast of NSW via the Pacific highway. The Golden highway connects the Hunter Valley to Western NSW.
The Hunter Valley is a two-hour drive north of Sydney on the M1 Pacific Motorway (formerly known as the F3 Freeway) which starts at Wahroonga (close to Hornsby) on the Upper North Shore. The scenic freeway is in excellent condition and driving is normally not difficult. However, as a large number of people commute to Sydney daily from the Central Coast and even Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, northbound travellers during the evening peak (5PM to 7PM) will encounter high speed and heavy traffic between Wahroonga and the Central Coast, with traffic easing off further north. The reverse applies to southbound traffic during the morning commute.
The M1 is on the eastern side of the Hunter Valley. From Sydney, Take the Leggetts Dr exit towards Cessnock or take the Hunter Expressway and then take the Wine Country Drive exit towards Pokolbin for wineries.
Traffic during holiday periods and long weekends is also affected, with heavy northbound traffic at the beginning of the period as Sydneysiders flee the city for the weekend, and heavy southbound traffic as they return.
Newcastle Airport (Williamtown) (IATA: NTL), is a regional hub served by a number of domestic airlines. It is roughly an hours drive north-east of the Hunter Valley and is connected by a regular bus service and shuttles. Airlines servicing Williamtown airport include:
Flying may not the be fastest way to travel such a short distance as Sydney to the Hunter Valley. However, the flight is particularly scenic, especially on a fine day, as there are stunning views of the northern beaches between Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. It can be well worth finding an excuse to fly if the cost is not an issue.
Hiring a car is the best method of transport for the Hunter Valley area.
Shakey Tables serves an amazing modern menu in an eclectic surrounding. Great local wine list and fabulous variety in menu items. 
Margan Winery holds the impressive Beltree restaurant which is definitely worth a lazy Saturday or Sunday meal. Coupled with the fantastic wine produced at the vineyard, this is a must try on the Hunter circuit. 
There are a large range of accommodation options in the Hunter Valley. Everything from hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, farm stays, resorts and camping grounds.
The Hunter Valley is a major wine growing region. Tours of vineyards and wine tasting tours are a huge industry. A number of local operators run tours of wineries:
In addition, there are several tours that set off from Sydney for day trips or weekend-long visits to the Hunter Valley wineries: