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Hunter Valley

Visit Australia’s oldest wine region and rediscover life’s simpler pleasures among world-class wineries and exquisite, sun-kissed backdrops.

The Mediterranean-like climate and fertile river valley along the Hunter River were recognised as ideal for grape growing by Australia’s first settlers. Over 200 years on, cultivation of the fruit dominates life in the area, which is now famous around the world as the continent’s premier wine-producing region.

Hunter Valley really is an idyllic country getaway, with quaint towns filled with heritage-listed buildings nestling among rolling hills of forests and vineyards. The region is renowned as a leading producer of Semillon, a dry white wine, and is home to many of Australia’s most celebrated wineries. Be sure to sample a glass in the shade as you spend a sunny day making your way through the area's many top-class estates.

Brokenwood Wines,Pepper Tree Wines and Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard are among the country’s oldest and most prestigious wineries while, if you’re looking for new tastes, you should take in the boutique Mistletoe Wines and Saddlers Creek Wines for some of the area’s most exclusive blends.

As a trip to Hunter Valley will most likely involve some wine-sampling, most visitors take one of the many bus tours offered from Sydney, Newcastle or any of the many townships.

If you’d prefer to do the driving, hire a car and pick up a map in the tourist information centre just north of Cessnock, a rural colonial township in the Lower Hunter Valley. Homely and welcoming accommodation combined with great restaurants and colonial architecture make this a great base from which to explore the region. Nearby Pokolbin is another popular destination as this town is home to the vast Hunter Valley Gardens horticultural park. The ponds and playgrounds here make for a great day out with the kids.

A mere 2 hours north of Sydney, Hunter Valley has become a mecca for lovers of food and fine wines but also draws visitors from all over the world keen to explore the amazing natural beauty of the area. With numerous open-air attractions, including a number of national parks, it really is an outdoor paradise. A trip to the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park, part of the world’s largest protected zone of subtropical rainforest, is a must for nature-lovers. Tour and equipment companies also abound in the area, offering adventure tours, tramping, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking in the region’s many forests.


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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley NZ$171
Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020
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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, NSW
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    A big place, awsome things to dool. Good food. No need to drive to buy some

    Chateau Elan NZ$137
    Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020
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    Chateau Elan

    Chateau Elan

    Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Quiet and relaxing atmosphere, close to everything.

      Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort NZ$189
      Reviewed on 1 Jan. 2020
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      Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

      Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

      15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Property was lovely, pools are great with a Bar to have some bevy’s by the pool! Would recommend.

        Hunter Gateway Motel NZ$128
        Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2019
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        Hunter Gateway Motel

        Hunter Gateway Motel

        11 Denton Park Drive, Rutherford, NSW
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          room was very clean and tidy, good customer service from staff in reception

          Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill NZ$137
          Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2020
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          Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill

          Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill

          485 McDonalds Road, Corner of Broke Rd and McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
             
            4.1 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Good location nice service and nice in room spa! :) with gorgeous views thanks to Nick...

            Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens NZ$140
            Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020
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            Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

            Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

            Cnr Broke And Macdonald Road, Pokolbin, NSW
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great location and best value for money property in Pokolbin!!

              voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley NZ$175
              Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020
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              voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

              voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

              336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin, NSW
                 
                4.5 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                We would recommend this hotel for it's location. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the hotel was room was very comfy and clean.

                Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation NZ$140
                Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019
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                Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation

                Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation

                2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great relaxing spot in Pokolbin. Took my 82 year old mum to stay there while touring around Hunter Valley region. Perfect for her as minimal steps and our room had a patio out back to sit and relax with kangaroos passing by regularly. She just loved it.

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