Itineraries & Trails
The heart of the Hunter Valley is only a short 2 hour drive north of Sydney. You can take the route through Wollombi (Tourst Drive 33) or drive north on the Freeway (M1) and take the Cessnock turnoff. With over 160 boutique wineries dotted throughout the region, there are more than enough tastings and experiences for several days. Check into your Hunter Valley accommodation Chateau Elan At The Vintage, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks, Hunter Valley Resort, to name a few.
Take the drive to Hermitage Road and discover what the locals grow and visit Around Hermitage www.aroundhermitage.com.au They offer accommodation, food and wine suggestions and activities within this region of the Hunter Valley. There are stunning restaurants for lunch throughout the Valley.
Explore the variety of wineries and cellar doors on the Broke Road. Pick up some olives, tapenades and a variety of small boutique wines.
Boasting over 60 restaurants and eateries the Hunter Valley has fast established itself as one of Australia’s outstanding culinary destinations. No matter your preference – whether it’s a degustation menu, tapas or a pub meal – the Hunter Valley can please any appetite.
Stay the night
After dinner of your choice, sit back and enjoy your accommodation and some local wines or cheeses that you may have purchased throughout your stay. Look out for live entertainment at wineries such as Bimbadgen. Throughout the year musicians perform at concert events such as ‘Day on the Green’ in the heart of the Hunter.Add to my itinerary
Start the day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the vineyards, followed by a celebratory breakfast. Take part in a tour of a winery and discover what winemaking is all about learning the processes involved in getting the fruit from the vine into the bottle.
Try another eatery at Hunter Valley Gardens in the centre of Pokolbin. There are sweet shops, coffee roasters and quaint and quirky shops. There is a tasty variety of cheeses available from the Smelly Cheese Shop in Pokolbin and goodies for a picnic basket so pack a few things and sit in the vines if you love the great outdoors.
A walk about the stunning Hunter Valley Gardens is a must, especially when the roses are in bloom.Add to my itinerary