Its always been hub for quality Australian wine . Even better now. Now festivals and new tourism attractions ( eg Great North Road Wollombi plus Hunter Valley Gardens and boutique beer makers ( do a tasting at Potters) and chocolate making, broaden the attractions for a short fun stay.
Hunter Valley vineyards are the main attractions to me, and wine lovers should love this place. As each vineyard has its own unique characteristics and style for its wine, time is never enough to shortlist and visit these vineyards and enjoy the wines with relevant food paring.
If you have more time in Sydney, I strongly recommend you to do a day trip to Hunter Valley. When you are there, you have to try the Hot Air Balloon Experience with Champagne Breakfast and of course all the wine tasting and Potters Beer tasting too.
The Hunter Valley is one of Australia's premium wine growing regions, and has hundreds of small wineries as well as several internationally recognised names, like Tyrrells, McWilliams, Wyndham Estate and De Bortoli.
Very highly recommend Enzo's for lunch and Ridgeview for lunch or dinner (definitely worth the drive). The region also has many sky sport options lie ballooning, tiger moth and jet fighter joy rides. Very picturesque. Don't just visit the big wineries - try some of those you have never heard of: you are guaranteed to fond some gold amongst the coal!!
Do visit wineries for informative introductions to wines. Hunter Valley Gardens is huge and nice. But do watch out for the time that u r goin to visit as there r not much flowers to see during winter time.
We have been there many times but have had rain at every visit! I guess that's why it is so green. It is a relaxing place for foodies, wine buffs and sometimes the occasional concert.
There are lots of activities available for the adventurous and some pleasant walks for the quieter folk.
There are two parts to the Hunter Valley: The Upper Hunter, which is where you can find coal mines, and the Lower Hunter where you have all the different wine estates.
The lower Hunter Vally is stunning, a great getaway for 2-3 days, just enough time to relax, while enjoying some good food and wine.
The hunter Valley has many wineries with delcious products especially the ports and muscats!!The people are friendly and you always feel very relaxed and rejuvinated.
I always go every year for a weekend or sometimes 2!
A beautiful area bursting with a variety of wineries. Worth having a drive through and stopping to sample the local wine, cheese, olives and more!
The Hunter Valley has everything on offer, beaches, lake, bay, wineries etc. Good climate and great local produce, where else would you want to go?
For family , it can be a time of relaxing, visiting chocolate and cheese makers. For adults, the winery and great restaurant are main attractions.
Nice, relaxing and plenty of wineries to visit. Nice area to getaway from the city and enjoy the countryside for some relaxation and wine testing.
We missed out wine tasting as everywhere are closed at 5pm. However there quite number of nice restaurant for you to have a lovely dinner.
Except the night life...Hunter Valley is great place for holiday
It's a place with great nature! Look up into the skt at night and you can see lots of stars which you won't be able to see in any city.
UNBELIEVABLE AREA STEEPED IN HISTORY IN REGARD TO VINICULTURE BEST WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO BE FOUND IN THE HUNTER VALLEY
Very pretty place with alot to offer. A great place for families but more so for older kids, couples as well as young singles.
Lots to see and do, drink and taste. We love the Hunter even though it can get a bit pricey
This is a lovely getaway for couples or groups without kids. It's not a place for young children especially at wine tastings.
The best way to do a wine tasting tour is with the Two Fat Blokes. They are knowledgable and create a brilliant atmosphere. Both their half day tour and their full day tour is great value for money.
Nice scenery, good wine and food. A perfect place for a 3 days 2 nights or even longer for a romantic and relaxing getaway.
From the magazine the place was nicely describe, but in actual fact i think i would not come back to this city any more.
The public transportation is take too long to travel to and from Sydney. When we reach the Cessnock, we want to catch taxi to send us to Hotel, and about one hour we cant even see one Taxi passing by the Vincent Street. Maybe if want to travel to Hunter valley, must sign up a wine tour (which i think its very expensive and the tour is not for children and i am not drinking wine). Overall is very unconvenience for those whose travel by themself.
I went to Hunter Valley in Winter. Not a very good choice. The vineyards are barren and the gardens have little flower.
I'm not exactly sure when spring is, but it definitely is the time to visit the Gardens. The place is nice and the people are extremely friendly too. "How ya going" is the common greeting, to which I still do not know how to respond. Be careful driving at night because it gets really dark, and many huge trucks/tankers travel around the area. Also be careful not to knock down Kangaroos and Wombats. Overall it's a beautiful place with a nice rustic feel to it. Great to be back with Mother Nature~
What a facsinating place. The history is everywhere & we were so lucky to have a Miners Union friend to show us around.
The home of Doc Evatt & so many working class heros. The Anglican Cathedral was a highlight as was the fort that that protected the families of Newcastle from the Honourable Japanese (as that grub Abbott & the Liberal Party call them) when they attacked Newcastle during WW2. I'm going back for longer next time & very much looking forward to it too.
Great natural area with all the grape farm and wines factory, chocolate factory and cheese factory.