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Hunter Valley

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The Hunter Valley is a region of New South Wales in Australia. It is well known for its beautiful scenery, national parks, exquisite vineyards, and quaint towns.

View of a rural area of the Hunter Valley



Nobby's beach in Newcastle

The other substantial towns in the Hunter are:

Smaller towns include:



Get in[edit]

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.

By car[edit]

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.

By plane[edit]

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:

  • Aeropelican, [4]. flys to and from Sydney.  edit

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.

Get around[edit]

Hiring a car is the best method of transport for the Hunter Valley area.

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Shakey Tables serves an amazing modern menu in an eclectic surrounding. Great local wine list and fabulous variety in menu items. [8]

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. [9]

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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 Willow Tree Estate Hunter Valley, 96 Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, +61 2 4998 7220, [5]. Family owned boutique B&B located on a quiet country lane in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Easy access to all the major concert venues, wine and cheese tasting, winery tours, horse riding, bicycle hire, hot air ballooning, golf, horse and carriage rides, galleries and antique shops and fine dining.  edit
  • The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Road, +61 2 4998 7680, [6]. Hunter Valley hotel offering boutique Hunter Valley accommodation in Pokolbin. Located only 2hrs from Sydney, our Pokolbin hotel is ideally positioned to experience Hunter Valley wineries and attractions.  edit
  • Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin, +61 7 3246 1607, [7]. checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 10:00 hrs. This 25 acre resort located in Hunter Valley has its own Championship Golf course. Other facilities include meetings & events facilities, restaurant & bar, swimming pool and gym.  edit


Grape vines in the Oakvale vineyard near Broke

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:

  • Gone Walkabout Safaris 02 49158515. ([email protected]) [10]. Gone Walkabout Safaris operate 7 days a week with guaranteed departures every day, picking up participants from their accommodation in Newcastle and Hunter Valley. Cost is $60 per person.
  • Boutique Wine Tours 02 9499 5444. ([email protected]) [11]. Boutique Wine Tours run luxury (14 person max) day tours of the Hunter Valley wineries, picking up participants from their accommodation in Sydney. Cost is $115 per person with lunch or $99 per person if you purchase your own lunch.
  • Aussie Wine Tours. 02 4991 1074 (0412 735 809. fax 02 4990 6969. email [email protected]) [12]. This Cessnock based tour company offers wine tours from $45 per person (weekends) and $35 per person (weekdays).
  • Cheers Bus. 0408 987 057. ([email protected]). [13] This Cessnock based tour company offers wine tours from $35 per person. Half day tours are available, as are full day tours including lunch.
  • Hunter Valley Day Tours, Visitors Information Centre, Wine Country Drive, 02 4938 5031. (fax 02 4938 5083, [email protected]) [14]. Hunter Valley Tourism offers full day wine and cheese tasting Tours for $80 per person. Pickup is available from most Hunter Valley towns.
  • Wine Country Limousines, 193 Bimbadeen Road, Mount View. 02 4991 7484 ([email protected]) [15]. Up to seven people can share a limousine for a wine tour from 10AM to 5PM.

In addition, there are several tours that set off from Sydney for day trips or weekend-long visits to the Hunter Valley wineries:

  • Red Carpet Tours, 2 Windsor Road, Willoughby. ph 02 9967 3238 (fax 02 9967 3638, [email protected]) [16]. Red Carpet Tours run 18 person day tours of Hunter Valley wineries, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Sydney. Cost is $155 adults and $135 concessions.
  • Wine Country Tours 02 9484 0477 (fax 02 9980 1109, [email protected]) Wine Country Tours[17] offer 8 person wine tours hosted by a winemaker with 25 years experience. The tour includes private cellar inspections, as well as morning tea and lunch. Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Sydney. Cost is $150 per person.
  • Gourmet Getaway Tours, Phone 0416 139 567 [18]. Small group food and wine bus tour through the Hunter Valley which includes progressive breakfast and lunch. Complimentary passenger pickup and dropoff from Sydney. Costs vary from $180.

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