The Hunter Valley is the dream destination for any wine lover. The area has more cellar doors than any other wine-producing region in Australia, and the wines that pour forth from these cellars are world-renowned. A combination of excellent wine, beautiful scenery and great food, Hunter Valley is decadence at its finest.
Things to do in Hunter Valley
It would be a crime to visit Hunter Valley without indulging in its complex and delicious wines. With over 150 cellar doors in the region, you’ll be able to shape your tasting experience to fit your style. Try Shiraz from vines over a hundred years old at Mount Pleasant, or the all-organic wines at Macquariedale.
Hunter Valley doesn’t have quite as many golf courses as cellar doors, but there are enough to satisfy even the most avid golfers. Perfect for golf enthusiasts, the Vintage Golf Club has beautiful views to go along with its well-designed course.
For an iconic Hunter Valley experience, enjoy a glass of the region’s wine while eating fresh, artfully crafted local cuisine. Not to be missed is the award-winning Muse Restaurant, where you can choose from locally sourced ingredients and ever-changing menu of contemporary Australian cuisine.
If you have time for a scenic drive, head to the Hunter Valley Gardens, which comprises over 24 hectares of internationally-acclaimed gardens. Wander through to discover multiple themed plant displays, ranging from the Storybook Gardens and Rose Garden to the Oriental Garden and Indian Mosaic Garden.
Getting around Hunter Valley
The relaxed Hunter Valley feels worlds apart from the bustle of Sydney but is just 3.5 hours away. For flexibility and convenience, it is best to travel around by car. There are several options for guided trips from Sydney to Hunter Valley, including a chance to enjoy the scenery from a different perspective by taking a cruise on Hunter River.