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Exploring Hunter Valley

If fine wines are an essential part of your holiday plans, Australia’s world-famous Hunter Valley region is for you. Set to the north of Sydney in the scenic interior of New South Wales, this land of endless vineyards sees the Hunter River and its tributaries flow from the highlands, irrigating the fertile plains, while quaint towns and villages give a glimpse into the rural Australian lifestyle. The Upper Hunter region is the land of the horse, with the majority of the country’s thoroughbred studs located around Scone.


Newcastle is the region’s largest city, and the shores of nearby Lake Macquarie are a favourite weekend destination. Lake Macquarie city is a dormitory town for Newcastle and a hub for shopping, entertainment, and regular cultural events, as well as a centre for the valley’s mining industry. The region is the sixth-most popular for Australian tourism, attracting well over two million people every year. Wine tours are the main attraction, with the Polkobin area, Wollombi Valley, and the Broke Fordwich Wine Region the major destinations. Lovers of the great outdoors will find six national parks, a number of state forests, nature reserves, and conservation areas.

There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Hunter Valley is the Maddies of Bolwarra, which has been booked 5 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Bimbadeen Mountain Retreat in Hunter Valley as it has been reserved 5 times.


Sights nearby

The Hunter Valley, set just a three-hour drive from Sydney, is one of the loveliest regions in New South Wales. Historic buildings and fascinating local museums tell tales of 200 years of settlement, and the varied beauty of the surrounding countryside is protected by national parks and nature reserves.


- Upper Hunter


The Upper Hunter region, Hunter Valley with its charming small towns is dedicated to world-beating wines, farming, and thoroughbred horse breeding. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing day out or weekend visit, and it’s possible to visit the wineries and studs in the area as well as enjoy locally-made cheeses, olive oils, preserves, breads, and incredibly fresh fruit and vegetables.


- Burning Mountain Nature Reserve


Believed by early settlers to be an underground volcano, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve holds Mount Wingen, the oldest continually burning coal seam in the world, probably set alight by a lightning strike as long ago as 5,000 years. The weird, moonscape topography of the summit makes for a unique landmark.


- Lake Macquarie


Boating, fishing, and bushwalking are all favourite activities on and around this huge salt-water lake, and its beaches are perfect for lounging, swimming, and scuba-diving. Backing the lake are the Watagan Mountains with their horseback riding and hiking trails, and the Mercure Lake Macquarie Resort.


- Maitland


The historic riverside town of Maitland boasts heritage buildings, restored industrial landmark buildings, and quaint wooden bridges. It’s home to the Maitland National Trust Museum’s fine collection of aboriginal artefacts, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, and historic Maitland Gaol. It’s also a centre for the Hunter Valley Wine Region.


- Barrington Tops


A UNESCO World Heritage site for its wilderness areas, Barrington Tops offers magnificent views, rugged extinct volcanic scenery, waterfalls, sphagnum moss swamps, and a wide choice of adventure activities. Here, you can enjoy whitewater rafting and canoeing, kayaking, and four-wheel drive safaris, all in unspoiled natural beauty.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Newcastle is the largest city in the Hunter Valley and a popular visitor destination for its hotels, including the Novotel Newcastle Beach, as well as for its sights, shopping, and activities. It’s fast becoming a centre for gourmet dining due to a good number of renowned chefs having opened restaurants in the city as well as in the smaller Hunter Valley towns. Superb local ingredients, including seafood, impeccable wines, and locally-produced cheeses, all feature, and gastronomic delights are even found in the local pubs. Antiques lovers will be in heaven, along with art and handicraft lovers, with individual stores in the city and its surrounding towns.

Public transport

Hunter Valley towns and attractions are linked by a public bus service offering transportation by mini-bus, regular bus, and five-star luxury coach. However, if you’re planning to tour remote areas along the valley, car hire is the best alternative as public bus services are sparse.

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