The Hunter Valley is an area that’s famous for its inspiring wilderness and world class wines and vineyards. No matter what your taste in getaways you’re bound to find something to savour, just two hours from Sydney.
At the mouth of the Hunter River, the port of Newcastle, founded in 1804 as a penal colony for exporting lime and coal, is today the world’s largest coal exporter and Australia’s biggest port. Visitors and locals alike are fascinated by the spectacle of boats and ships from around the world passing just metres from where you can relax with a coffee or a drink.
Close by, at Newcastle which showcases fine examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture, and a sense of history greets you at every turn.
The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest winemaking region. From humble beginnings in 1825, the Hunter Valley is now home to over 80 wineries and cellar doors. In recent years, excellent vintages have been produced from more than 20 varieties of grapes.
From one end of the Valley to the other, you’ll find sensational local produce, great live music and fantastic food an irresistible combination! Wander through an art gallery, tour a working winery, indulge in fine dining, take a horse and carriage ride. Or perhaps you’d prefer something more adventurous like hot air ballooning or skydiving.
Clustered around the vineyards are charming villages and towns, each with a special appeal of its own. Features include heritage buildings, gift centres that deserve hours of browsing and stylishly restored Australian pubs, as well as markets, concert spectaculars and festivals held throughout the year.
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Image Wollombi Hunter Region. Credit Anson Smart Tourism NSW