The Hunter Valley, just north of Sydney in New South Wales, is one of Australia's major wine-growing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to well over 100 vineyards. Most are located south of the Hunter River and operate cellar doors so the public can sample their bottlings.
Where to stay
Hunter Valley Wine Country is approximately two hours' drive north of Sydney. In the heart of the Hunter Region is the beachside city of Newcastle, which has a rich history, culture and excellent dining and shopping. Relax on the pristine beaches of the New South Wales Central Coast. Walk trough ancient rainforests in national parks such as Watagan, Yengo, Wollombi and World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops. Go fishing, swimming or sailing at Lake St Clair near Singleton. You can travel through the Hunter Valley on the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane.
Hunter Valley accommodation centres around the region of Pokolbin and offers a huge range of places to stay for every style and budget from major resorts to intimate guesthouses. Some are modern but built in Australian colonial style and many are converted from old mansions and cottages.