The Hunter

From wine tasting in Australia’s oldest wine region to bushwalking in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter is a marvellous escape. You’ll discover incredibly delicious food and wine experiences and beautiful landscapes of rolling vineyards, mountain ranges and ancient rainforest.

All you need is a short break to enjoy the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops, all part of the world-renowned Hunter Valley wine region that begins only two hours’ drive north of Sydney. There are trains and coach tours to the region or you can fly into Newcastle Airport and rent a car.

Vineyard next to the Lovedale Smokehouse, Hunter Valley, Australia

For a memorable slice of history, hop aboard a Nova Cruises riverboat in Newcastle and travel along the Hunter River to wine country and historic Morpeth, where the Arnott’s family biscuit dynasty began in 1847. In colonial times before the railway, steamboats ploughed the rivers to Paterson.

With vines first planted in the early 1820s, exceptional heritage and exciting innovation meet in the region’s winemaking. You’ll taste some of the best wines in the world at the cellar doors, including the distinguished Hunter Valley Semillon. Emerging European grape varieties win accolades, too.

Fun and informative tours combine fine wine and good food, a tasty mix in the Hunter which grows a rich variety of produce. At award-winning restaurants such as Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines and Margan Restaurant, talented chefs create exquisite dishes using the freshest seasonal produce.

Verandah lunch at Circa 1876 Restaurant, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, Australia

Fresh local produce and other delights are available at markets and providores, such as Hunter Belle Cheese and the Lovedale Smokehouse. Check out the exciting events calendar for food and wine festivals, colourful markets, country shows as well as jazz, opera and rock concerts in the vineyards.

The 10-day Scone Horse Festival is in Scone, the horse capital of Australia. The champion mare Winx was raised on a horse stud in the Hunter region. You’ll find plenty of places to stay throughout the Hunter, from vineyard retreats and golf and spa resorts to motels, youth hostels and campgrounds.

The World Heritage wilderness in the Hunter is a wonderful attraction, too. In the Yengo National Park, explore ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Finchley cultural walk. Volcanic flows aeons ago shaped the Barrington Tops National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

 

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach from Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines, shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Waterworld Central Muswellbrook

    Saturday 16 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 ,

    For those of you craving that summer sun and fun outdoor activities, get excited because Waterworld Central, Australia’s first mobile water park, is coming to the Muswellbrook Showground! Come splash with them over two weekends in…

    16 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. The Sapphires

    Tuesday 26 February 2019 , Cessnock

    Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing uniforms of sequins, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to…

    26 Feb
  3. How to Transform Your Life

    Tuesday 26 February 2019 to Tuesday 19 March 2019 , Cessnock

    In each class, a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained, so you can drop in any week. There is no need to book or bring anything. Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation…

    26 Feb - 19 Mar
  4. Funky Bunch Trivia Rutherford

    Wednesday 27 February 2019 to Wednesday 18 December 2019 ,

    Funky Bunch Trivia have changed the way pub trivia is played. Funky Bunch Trivia uses a multimedia mix of visuals and music including videos, pictures and audio. Five rounds of questions are delivered through the big screen over two and…

    27 Feb - 18 Dec
  5. The Songs of Dolly Parton

    Friday 01 March 2019 , Cessnock

    Starring Brooke McMullen and touring Australia and New Zealand in 2018/19. From rags to riches, Dolly's life story has remained humble and honest in her performance. After 60 years she continues to be America’s sweetheart of Country Music…

    01 Mar
  6. Stomp!

    Saturday 02 March 2019 , Rothbury

    Take a fun, educational look at the life of a Winemaker during Vintage. Help us squish, measure, stomp and finish with a feast. Your day will include: measuring grape ripeness, sampling 2019 juices and ferments, blending and tasting,…

    02 Mar
  7. Picnic with the Tigers

    Saturday 02 March 2019 to Saturday 04 May 2019 ,

    Luskintyre Airfield and Aviation Museum is home of the Tiger Moth. The majority of the aircraft on the airfield are vintage. In fact, Luskintyre has the most operational Tiger Moths in one place on the planet. There are also many other…

    02 Mar - 04 May