The Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most celebrated and exclusive areas of extraordinary natural beauty, offering one of the largest river valleys on the NSW coast.
Located just 120km North of bustling Sydney, Hunter Valley is known for its luxury escapes, short breaks and immersive nature and culture. Whether you’re looking to raise a family or just get a change of pace from the big city life, Hunter Valley is an ideal choice, regardless of your spending power.
The largest cities in the Hunter Region are Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock & Maitland. Newcastle, the second largest city in the region is located at the mouth of the Hunter River. Other major towns in the region are Kurri Kurri, Muswellbrook, Scone, Gloucester, Dungog, Raymond Terrace & Singleton.
Exploring the Local Area
In Hunter Valley, there’s no shortage of things to do. Surrounded by picturesque vineyards rich in Australian heritage, the area’s history is just one of the attractions that’s seen it soar in popularity in recent years.
What’s on Offer
Among the hundreds of options for recreation and leisure, some of Hunter Valley’s most popular include:
Tee-off at at one of the many beautiful golf courses in the picturesque Hunter Valley including the The Vintage’s championship-level Greg Norman-designed golf course, surrounded by views of the vineyards. With a variety of local courses and word-class resorts offering more challenging courses there’s something for every level of golfer.
Walks, Hikes and Cycling
View the best of this prestigious Australian wine region, offset by the spectacular natural landscape. Broken Back Range is an enviable backdrop to the vineyards, with various opportunities for walks, hikes, bike rides and guided tours.
Experience the exhilaration of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Hunter Valley & see the Broken Back Range from a different perspective with a balloon ride, offering stunning views of the vineyards, distant horizon and the bountiful natural beauty in-between.
A Diverse Range of Festivals
From food to music and arts, Hunter Valley has something for everyone. In addition to regular local farmer’s markets, an all-year calendar of events attracts enthusiasts from Sydney and further afield to this quaint, quiet region.
Music fans should keen an ear open for Jazz in the Vines, a festival hosting some of the biggest names in jazz, folk, blues and rock. Contemporary dining events at Lovedale Long Church during May satisfy the cravings of foodies, winding their way through a variety of Hunter Valley’s restaurants and offering a wide array of fresh, local cuisine.
For those interested in gardening and horticulture, September’s Spring Festival takes enthusiasts on a stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens’ bouquet of colours and aromas, with renowned art event Sculpture in the Gardens following in November.