Despite only being a couple of hours from Sydney city, the Hunter Valley feels much more secluded and offers a welcoming country feel. Renowned as Australia's best wine growing region, this stunning destination offers the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Often referred to as 'wine country', the Hunter Valley boasts the finest wines in Australia as well as gourmet cuisine with tours available for wine tasting and cheese. A historical area, the Hunter Valley enjoys beautiful and quaint architecture as well as a number of museums and historical tours. Its lush landscape is also home to a wide range of native wildlife, a National park as well as one of the most scenic golf courses in Australia.
Much of the Hunter Valley accommodation is located in Pokolbin and offers a choice of resorts, hotels, retreats, estates, chateaus and lodges to suit all tastes and budgets. These relaxing and intimate accommodation options are often designed with traditional colonial style yet still enjoy all the modern comforts of luxury accommodation. Conveniently located, the accommodation is set in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is surrounded by wineries, vineyards and the region's many other attractions. Check out out top Hunter Valley Hotels list.
Hunter Valley holiday packages are the easiest way to save money while enjoying this stunning region by combining your essentials with all the added extras to make for a truly memorable stay. Bundle flights, accommodation and transfers with tours, activities, meals and more to enjoy significant savings and heavily discounted rates while ensuring everything is taken care of, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your holiday stress-free. Choose from one of the existing packages or tailor one to suit your specific needs.
Despite its sleepy nature, the number of Hunter Valley activities is huge with approximately 80 wineries, all of which offer tours and tastings including an insight into grape growing and the wine production process. There's also a wide range of ways to see the Hunter Valley including helicopter flights, hot air balloons and land tours. The nearby Barrington Tops National Park is also a stunning place to visit and allows you to get up close to some of Australia's native flora and fauna. There are also plenty of museums, galleries and historical tours to help you while your days away.
The Hunter Valley is actually made up of a number of smaller regions. Almost the entire region is located within an east-west strip approximately 80km wide. The region begins about 160km north of Sydney and is accessible by a two hour drive from the city. Located in the state of New South Wales, the region operates on daylight saving time where clocks are brought forward an hour from October to March. For the remaining months of the year, the region operates on normal Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.