PokolbinAustralia

4.6/5Top Destination

With olive farms, rolling vineyards, and sunny, blue skies, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were arriving in the Mediterranean when you first drive through the countryside approaching Pokolbin. The rural village has been the beating heart of the Hunter Valley wine region for over two hundred years, when the first European settlers recognised that grapes grew particularly well on the area’s lush hills.

Nowadays, visitors flock here by the busload to sample the fresh local produce, beautiful scenery and famous wines. The village’s culinary offerings, abundance of nearby natural wonders, and ideal location – just a 2-hour drive from Sydney – have combined to make it one of the country’s favourite destinations for holiday makers looking to get away from it all.

Pokolbin is a stop on any bus tour through Hunter Valley as it is home to many of the region’s top wineries. Many people choose to stay for a few days and take their time as they uncover the area’s many attractions. There are plenty of accommodation options locally, ranging from plush resorts with swimming pools, to log cabins in wineries and quaint B&Bs.

Sports lovers will enjoy the championship golf course in the village and there are also a number of galleries, full of landscape paintings and sculptures by local artists, which make a great souvenir of your visit.

Of course, there’s only one reason most people come to Pokolbin, and that’s to visit the famous wineries of the Hunter Valley. It’s where wine production began in Australia and there are now more than a dozen top-class vineyards in and around the village. Favourites include Saddler’s Creek, Mistletoe and Pepper Tree wineries. Many people come by organised bus tour, with lunch and wine-tasting included. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, then pick up a map and brochures in the information centre just outside town, and rent a car to visit the cellar doors.

If you’ve brought the kids, make sure to stop by the Hunter Valley Gardens in the centre of town, where they’ll come face-to-face with statues of some of their favourite nursery rhyme characters in a tranquil garden setting. Pokolbin is 11 kilometres to the north of Cessnock, and there is a regular bus service between the two.

Known for

Romantic, Wineries and Hunting

Top hotels in Pokolbin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
NZ$219
per night
21 Oct. - 22 Oct.

Situated in a rural location, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, Brokenwood Wines and Tempus ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,494 reviews)

"Comfort: it presents a very comfortable environment with family style, feel, welcoming mood."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
H Boutique Hotel
H Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
770 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW
NZ$182
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

Situated in Pokolbin, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moorebank Vineyard and Bimbadgen Estate. Roche Estate and Hope Estate are also within 3 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (272 reviews)

"There are no microwave items, so if you have food to heat up you would need to bring your microwave things etc only small microwave, however did the job to warm up food."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019

H Boutique Hotel
Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
3.5 out of 5
485 McDonalds Road, Corner of Broke Rd and McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
NZ$137
per night
23 Oct. - 24 Oct.

Located in the heart of Pokolbin, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tempus Two Winery, Roche Estate and Hope Estate. Hunter Valley Gardens and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (969 reviews)

"The location ,the veiws a lot of open space ,parking was easy overall excellent place to visit."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2019

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill

Popular activities in Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Gardens
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Hunter Valley Gardens

4.5/5(235 reviews)

Visitors of all ages will love the tranquil atmosphere and beautiful horticultural displays of these child-friendly gardens.

Brokenwood Wines
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Brokenwood Wines

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Come sample the fine wines and laid-back atmosphere at this hobby winery turned award-winning producer.

PepperTree Wines
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PepperTree Wines

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Beautiful gardens, informative staff and, of course, wonderful wines make a visit to this Hunter Valley estate a genuine pleasure.

Audrey Wilkinson Winery
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Audrey Wilkinson Winery

4.5/5(45 reviews)

This celebrated winery offers fantastic wines, fascinating history and charming accommodation all rolled into one!

Saddlers Creek Wines
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Saddlers Creek Wines

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Treat yourself with a visit to this boutique winery to discover recipes that perfectly accompany the exclusive wines – a memorable culinary experience.

Mistletoe Wines
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Mistletoe Wines

A unique experience awaits at this family-run winery which combines boutique blends and contemporary art.

Top activities in Pokolbin

Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Tour
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Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Tour

NZ$81

Spend some time exploring the beautiful Hunter Valley—Australia’s oldest wine region. Follow your expert and friendly guide on a tasting circuit that takes you to 5 different vintners, a cheese maker, and a chocolate factory—all in a day.

Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney
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Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney

NZ$160

Sip, slurp, and sample your way around on this interactive, entertaining, and informative Hunter Valley tours escapade. Departing Sydney, we head out over the famous Harbour Bridge, travelling north toward the luscious, fertile lands of the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's famous wine regions.

Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour
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Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour

NZ$220

Explore one of the oldest and most beautiful wine regions in Australia and get acquainted with its boutique wineries. Along the way, enjoy a delicious lunch at a café with the option to upgrade to a scrumptious gourmet meal at a fine restaurant.

Hunter Valley Scenic Flight
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Hunter Valley Scenic Flight

NZ$150

The Hunter Valley, located approximately two hours drive north of Sydney is known for it's world class wines, decadent food and fun-loving festivals. It is also known for it's amazing views, flowing landscape and rows upon rows of vineyards.

Wine Country Highlights
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Wine Country Highlights

NZ$102

This flight is for those who want the thrill of a Helicopter flight, while taking in the spectacular scenery of the Wine Country. See the myriad of vineyards, Broken Back Range and Hunter Valley Gardens on this great flight.

'Cheeses of the World' - Wine Matching Experience
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'Cheeses of the World' - Wine Matching Experience

NZ$32

You love your cheeses and small goods, but you're a little unsure how to match them with a delicious wine You’re not alone and this is the experience for you.

Reviews of Pokolbin

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

13 Oct. 2019

Love the Wineries

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

3 Oct. 2019

We enjoyed hunter valley gardens nd drove to Binorie dairy at Lovedale. We also stocked up on chocolate and had a lovely dinner at Baume just up the road

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

30 Sep. 2019

Beautiful. Serene and quiet.

5/5 - Excellent

Katie

30 Sep. 2019

The fresh produce in the region was phenomenal and we would recommend the markets on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

27 Sep. 2019

I love pokolbin and visits regularly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

25 Sep. 2019

Allow plenty of time for wine tastings