Hunter Coast Attractions NSW

The Hunter Coast in NSW features the following locations - Newcastle, Stockton, Mereweather, Lake Macquarie and Blacksmiths

Wine Tasting: The Hunter Valley is Australia's most visited wine region. The signature varieties from the Hunter Valley include Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Newcastle Attractions: Newcastle is capital of the Hunter Valley. Built around a large working harbour, Newcastle is one of the nations largest working ports situated in the mouth of the Hunter River. Nobby's Breakwater and Lighthouse - the city's most famous icon, overlook the river's entrance. Ten magnificent beaches and parks offer recreational opportunities around the city. Don't miss the surfing, beach fishing and swimming in the fabled Ocean Baths.

Singleton Coalmines: Singleton is situated on the banks of the Hunter River, 209 km north-west of Sydney. If mining is your interest then there are tours which cover the the remains of an 1890s mine, an overview of the area's mines and methods, and a detailed on-site inspection of all aspects of one operation, including the coal-loader.

Historic Morpeth: With its beautiful riverside setting, the genuinely historic feel which emerges from the stonework of its many old buildings. The modest and easily walkable size of the town and the willows which line the river bank is becoming popular with travellers. The main street, with its profusion of arts and crafts, antique and curio shops housed in historic buildings, is very much geared towards tourism.

Maitland Gaol: With a colourful history spanning more than 150 years and housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998. Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the chance to indulge in self-guided tours, however the best way to experience this unique attraction is to take a themed-guided tour or torchlight tour by night.

Barrington Tops by 4WD: The 80,000 hectare reserve features rugged mountains, gorges and rain forest. It provides habitat for an enormous diversity of plant and animal life. What better way to see all the wonders of nature than from a 4WD.

Sailing on Lake Macquarie: One of the largest coastal saltwater lakes in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy a sunny afternoon in one of the many boats that grace the water, catch a wave at one of four patrolled beaches or venture into the mountains for a picnic lunch and sightseeing walk. There are a mammoth 92 towns and villages, 29 public boat ramps, 28 public jetties and wharves and seven marina berths around Lake Macquarie.

Stockton Sand Dunes: The dunes along Stockton Bight are wind swept and devoid of vegetation and create a sand mass that is in constant movement. The dunes are currently moving inland at a rate of 10m/year. How fast can you go on a sand board down these steep dunes?