To the north-west of Sydney is Hunter Valley, the oldest and most famous wine region in New South Wales and approximately two hours' drive north of Sydney. With over 150 wineries on offer you will be sure to sample some classic tastes with these world-class wines.
Explore the region on a day tour from Sydney, or alternatively travel at your own pace on one of our most popular self drives. You can choose to travel through the Hunter Valley on the Pacific Coast Touring Route from Sydney to Brisbane.
This is the place to indulge all your taste buds – direct from the local producers, with delicious cheese, hand-crafted chocolates, dairy products, charcuterie, sourdough breads and olive oils.
Indulge in fine wines
A wine tasting master class has to be top of your bucket list on a Hunter Valley holiday. With over 15 wine cellar doors to go through, you can sample a wide selection of wine on an epicurean adventure of indulgence. Hunter Valley Semillon is perhaps the most iconic wine; however there are plenty of other grapes grown here, like shiraz, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Vine growing dates back to the 1820s, so the people of Hunter Valley certainly know a thing or two about wine. One of the oldest vineyards in Australia is the Wyndham Estate, even playing host to an annual event called Opera in the Vineyards and the historic 1866 Audrey Wilkinson winery is worth a visit to its museum to see its display of original wine making equipment.
Check with our Travel Designers if the wine cellar you want to visit requires an advanced booking, although some are more than happy for you to simply turn up to visit their wineries. We recommend you join a specialised Hunter Valley wine tour, so you can visit several wineries on the same day, and take in the sights and tastes from the historic towns of Maitland, Pokolbin, Wollombi, Broke and Lovedale.
Things to do in Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley is justly proud of its eclectic mix of food and wine events, with jazz, opera and blues performances by big name artists hosted at the wineries. Another favourite is The Lovedale Long Lunch event, which takes place in May each year and affords you the opportunity to enjoy fine dining and world-class wines as you journey through several of Hunter Valley’s finest restaurants and wineries.
In addition to Hunter Valley vineyards, the area is also world renowned for a number of other reasons. Here you can experience everything, from fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, to health spa retreats and golf courses. The region is also great for antique shopping and art galleries.
Take a trip to Newcastle in the heart of the Hunter Region, this beachside city boasts a rich history, culture and excellent dining and shopping opportunities. Take time out to relax on the New South Wales Central Coast beaches or visit the national parks of Watagan, Yengo, Wollombi and World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops.