The Hunter Valley is a wine region to the north of Sydney where you’ll find rolling hills and countryside bliss, the perfect place to relax and taste the spoils of the land. Take full advantage by exploring multiple locations on a Hunter Valley wine tour. Learn about the winemaking process and the history of the vineyards, and of course pick your favourite wines to take home. The region boasts many gorgeous retreats and plenty of opportunties to try some deliscious fresh produce to pair with your favourite drop.
What to see and do:
The hunter valley has more cellar doors than any other wine region in Australia. The area is famous for it’s Semillon and Shiraz, but offers plenty of varieties to choose from. Pick a unique vehicle like a classic mustang or old fashioned carriage and opt for a personalized tour, or take one of the shuttle options. For a truly amazing experience, take a private helicopter charter for a scenic flight between the vineyards. Visit Brokenwood Wines for a bespoke Food and Wine tasting masterclass and a behind the scenes tour.
Hunter Valley Gardens
These award-winning botanic gardens in Pokolbin will make for a great day outdoors exploring the native flora.
Experience the expansive plains of the vineyards on horseback for an exciting new perspective on this beautiful region. The lack of vehicle noise will make for a serene experience where you feel at one with your natural surroundings.
Hot Air Ballooning
Soar over the vineyards and watch a breathtaking sunrise from a hot air balloon. This popular Hunter Valley experience will surely create memories that last a lifetime.
Videos of Hunter Valley
Midnight’s Promise Estate
How to get there:
There are multiple ways to get to the Hunter Valley.
Head north over Sydney Harbour Bridge and follow the A1 (Pacific Highway) towards Hornsby. Before Hornsby (at Wahroonga) take the M1 (Pacific Motorway) north towards Newcastle and take one of three exits to the Hunter Valley Vineyards.
Cityrail service to Maitland or Morisset with connecting buses from each of these stations to Cessnock. From Cessnock, it is 20 min (approx) taxi ride to the Hunter Valley – Wine Country.
If you want to make the most of your journey and travel in style. Cessnock Airport is the closest airport, to the Hunter Valley Wine Country. It is accessible by private charter & helicopters only. For domestic flights, Newcastle Airport is approximately 45 minutes drive from Hunter Valley Wine Country. Flights depart from Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane & Melbourne daily direct to Newcastle.
Fly into the nearby Newcastle airport or drive just a few hours north from Sydney.
Best time to go:
The Hunter Valley is a fantastic year-round destination with multiple events happening in all seasons. December to February is harvest time, the most vibrant time of the year in the Hunter Valley, with many concerts held at the larger estates. Autumn and spring also offer pleasant weather and a quiet atmosphere in which to visit the vineyards. In winter, the Hunter Valley is the perfect location to warm yourself by a winter fire and experience the Hunter Valley Winter Festival at the Hunter Valley Gardens, where the trees come alive with a flood of twinkling lights and snow play for the kids.