Hunter Valley

Broke

Broke is a village of approximately 550 people in the Hunter Region. It is located 157 kilometres to the north of Sydney on the original early colonial road from Sydney to Singleton  You can drive to Broke on a picturesque gravel road from Wollombi.  Singleton is 24 kilometres north of Broke. The village itself is seperated from the farming area of Fordwich by the Wollombi Brook – locally known as Cockfighter Creek.

The Broke area is well known for its boutique wine production and wineries are dotted around the destination which is usually referred to as the Broke Fordwich wine region – a prized sub-region of the Hunter Valley. The village also holds an annual fair in September on the second Sunday.

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Cessnock

Cessnock provides easy access to the Hunter Valley and can now be accessed from the new Hunter Valley Expressway from the Pacific Highway (A1). The town has a number of fine restaurants, guesthouses, pubs and galleries.

The Convict Trail is a conservation project that is restoring the convict-built Great North Road that travels from Peats Ridge in the south through Bucketty, Laguna, Wollombi and Millfield to Cessnock. This is one of Australia’s national historic treasures and worth the drive through classic Australian bushland and countryside through to Cessnock.

 

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Maitland

Maitland is a thriving central business district offering quality accommodation, entertainment and restaurants.  The town has retained many historical buildings that date back to the earliest years of colonial Australia and it is a destination steeped in history.  Pretty countryside surrounds the town, so enjoy strolling along the river walk precinct to admire the Hunter River, dine by the riverbank at a cafe or head to a stylish heritage pub.

There are plenty of things to see and do around Maitland. Don’t miss the Maitland Regional Art Gallery or the National Trust-listed Grossmann House to gain insight into Maitland’s cultural heritage. The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles and the now closed Maitland Gaol make for an eclectic historical experience. Close by are many fine cellar doors, where you can sample local boutique wines, including fruit wines made from fresh local produce.

 

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Morpeth

Morpeth’s days as a river port were effectively over by about 1890, but the town’s comparative isolation meant that its historic shopfronts, wharves and even the hitching posts along the main street have survived intact.

Today, Morpeth is National Trust-classified and no longer a backwater but a wide-awake town crammed with restaurants, shops and a calendar full of annual events. It’s a living museum of Australia’s past, a history lesson that’s easy to digest. There are plenty of things to see and do at Morpeth. Campbell’s Store Craft Centre encompasses specialty craft shops, a tearoom and an art gallery, while Morpeth Sourdough is where baker Stephen Arnott follows the family tradition his great-great-great-grandfather William Arnott (of Arnott’s biscuits) began.

Be sure to visit Morpeth Wine Cellars and Moonshine Distillery for local wine and cheese tastings, and browse Morpeth Trading Post to see beautiful ceramics, glassware, china and old bush tools.

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Pokolbin

Set among vineyards and with the Brokenback Range as its backdrop, Pokolbin is the village centre of the Hunter Valley wine region. The pretty country roads around Pokolbin are home to some of Australia’s most well-known wine labels, making it a veritable wine lover’s paradise.

The area has grown into one of the most desirable short-break destinations from Sydney and Australia’s most popular wine tourism region. Restaurants and accommodation in Pokolbin are varied and sophisticated. Stay in a cosy B&Bs, luxury guesthouses or spa retreats before heading out to meet local winemakers, see how wine is made, and sample local drops at free cellar door tastings.

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Wollombi

The Wollombi Valley is located at the southern gateway to Hunter Valley Wine Country, just two hours drive from the Sydney CBD. The community is small yet thriving and full of creative people who love the lifestyle this beautiful area provides. There is something for everyone in the Wollombi Valley, whether you are looking to visit for a day or stay overnight. From cafes and boutique shops, to wineries and galleries and the iconic Wollombi Pub.

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