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PokolbinAustralia

Situated at the foot of the Brokenback Mountains and surrounded by vineyards and gourmet food producers, peaceful Pokolbin is the perfect countryside getaway.

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.

Top hotels in Pokolbin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
4.5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is NZ$139 per night

Situated in the historical district, this luxury resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bimbadgen Estate, Moorebank Vineyard and Lucy's Run. Roche Estate and Hunter ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"Great location, lots of kangaroos around. The balconies have a lot of privacy."…"

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

Chateau Elan
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is NZ$202 per night

Situated in a rural location, this romantic apartment building is close to Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, Brokenwood Wines and Hunter Valley Gardens. Also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,572 reviews)

"A fantastic place to stay in the middle of the Hunter Valley. The apartment we had was quite a way from the main centre but this is only a minor issue. The apartment was just as described, clean and functional. First floor, overlooking the great vistas of the valley and in the morning had many 'Roos' ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
4.5 out of 5
336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is NZ$183 per night

This family-friendly Pokolbin hotel is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Hanging Tree Wines, Saddlers Creek Wines and Bimbadgen Estate. Usher ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"Beautiful gardens, lovely old fashioned exterior to buildings with classy, modern interior."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Popular places to visit in Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Gardens
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Hunter Valley Gardens

4.5/5(308 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(78 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(56 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(54 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

Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$322
Per adult
Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$73
Per adult
Hunter Valley À La Carte Lunch by Helicopter
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Hunter Valley À La Carte Lunch by Helicopter

NZ$769
Per adult
Uncork the Hunter Full Day Wine Experience
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Uncork the Hunter Full Day Wine Experience

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$203
Per adult
Hunter Valley Lovedale & North Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Hunter Valley Lovedale & North Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

NZ$73
Per adult
Hunter Valley Gourmet Progressive Food & Drink Pairing Tour
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Hunter Valley Gourmet Progressive Food & Drink Pairing Tour

NZ$183
Per adult

Reviews of Pokolbin

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.044806517311606%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.30753564154786%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 2.240325865580448%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar. 2020

Love the place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb. 2020

Great place to spend the weekend

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb. 2020

Pokolbin is such a special place. Great restaurants outstanding service and friendly faces at every vineyard we visited

5/5 - Excellent

Maan

3 Feb. 2020

Great variety of wineries. Even the organic wines in close proxitmity

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan. 2020

It was ok. I thought dining options were limited.

5/5 - Excellent

Omar

27 Jan. 2020

Always quiet, the perfect place to rest

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