The Hunter Region of New South Wales is an idyllic holiday destination located approximately 120 kilometres north (2.5 hour drive) of Sydney and is one of Australia’s oldest and best known wine districts, producing a mixture of varieties for local and export use.
The region is the sixth most popular tourist destination in Australia and with one look at the countryside it is easy to see why.
The Hunter is made up of several small townships and villages scattered throughout the area with the cities of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie the main cities of the region.
Located in Pokolbin, the Hunter Valley Gardens stretch over 25 hectares and contain both Japanese and Chinese architectural influences. It’s the ideal place to walk through its manicured gardens admiring the spectacular roses in bloom.
The beautiful scenery of the Hunter makes for the perfect location for a romantic getaway and the region has been tailor making holidays for couples for years. Why not take a wine and food tour with that special someone and sample some of the very best culinary and alcoholic delights.
Feeling lazy? Then why not simply sit back and relax in front of the fire place with a nice glass of your favourite drop and some good company.
If you’re feeling extravagant, hot air ballooning is a great way to see the Hunter offering unparalleled views of the region from up above. Several companies operate in the area with the majority taking off from Pokolbin.
The town of Singleton is full of grand old homesteads and heritage listed buildings and it’s also a major grower of produce, with citrus fruits and olives its main product.
In the last couple of years the Hunter Region has held some big name musical events catering towards a more mature audience. Packages are available for these events and are generally all-inclusive and are a great way to experience the Region without having to worry about a thing.
There are also a number of annual festivals and events held in the Hunter Region attracting tourists and locals alike. In Maitland there is the annual musical festival Groovin the Moo and the Hunter Valley has Steamfest, Bitter and Twisted Beer Festival and the Morpeth Fiery Food Festival.
Dining in the Hunter Region is centralised in the several townships that make up the region. Lovedale, Pokolbin, Cessnock and Broke all have a range of cafes and restaurants to choose from but the main dining attraction in the area are the wineries located throughout with many of these having cellar door tastings and restaurants attached.
There are several accommodation options available in the Hunter Region: Self contained cottages and bed and breakfasts are very popular as they allow a level of privacy that you simply can’t get at hotels. Boutique hotels and guest houses are also quite popular as are luxurious, all-inclusive resorts.