Itineraries & Trails
Central Coast to Hunter Valley – Tourist Drive 33
Peats Ridge Road, George Downes Drive, Great North Road, Wollombi Road, Allandale Road & Wine Country Drive (Tourist Drive 33). The total drive is 114kms in length from the southern terminus, Calga Exit from the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway (M1). The northern exit or entrance is from the New England Highway (NH15) in Branxton) Hunter Valley.
Tourist Drive 33 runs through the heart of rural and wine country, and takes in some of what were once some of New South Wales most important roads. From the Sydney-Newcastle Fwy at Calga, the route follows Peats Ridge Road. This was the main north-south route between what used to be the end of the Sydney-Newcastle Tollway, joining up with an alignment of the Pacific Hwy at Ourimbah. That said, TD33 only covers the Calga to Peats Ridge section of that route.
The other once important link in the NSW road system is the Great North Road. It was built by convict labour, often working in irons, between 1826 and 1836 to connect Sydney with Newcastle and the Upper Hunter Valley. There are sandstone colverts built by convicts along the road and historical signage markers in some places.
TD33 is duplexed with SR82 between Cessnock and Branxton (Allandale Rd & Wine Country Dr).
The Pacific Highway for a time travelled along Peat’s Ridge Road (then Expressway) from the 60s to the 80s as a Super 2 continuation of the Sydney-Newcastle Tollway. The route was National Highway 1 from 1974 to 1986, and carried most of the traffic between Calga and Ourimbah.In 1986, through traffic on the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway re-routed to the current freeway alignment from Calga to Somersby, bypassing Calga and Peats Ridge.
Tourist Drive 33 highlights
- Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
- Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
- Sitting Duck Restaurant, The Duck Inn Bistro, The Springs Golf & Function Centre
- Mangrove Mountain Country Club
- Local grown fruit and vegetable roadside stalls
- Laguna Wine Bar
- Wollombi Tavern and the village of Wollombi
- Hunter Wine Country