View of a rural area of the Hunter Valley
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.
Nobby's beach in Newcastle
The other substantial towns in the Hunter are:
Smaller towns include:
Hiring a car is the best method of transport in the Hunter Valley area. A few options are:
- Redspot Sixt Rent a Car, Williamtown Drive, Newcastle Airport, ☎ 1300 668 810 ([email protected]), . Located inside the Newcastle Airport terminal.
- ARA Car Rental, 86 Belford St, Broadmeadow, ☎ 1800 243 122, . Located near the Broadmeadow Train Station.
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. 
- The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Road, ☎ +61 2 4998 7680, . 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.
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]) . 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]) . 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]) . 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]).  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]) . 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]) . 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]) . 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 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.