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Hunting Down the Best of Hunter Valley

05 Jun Hunting Down the Best of Hunter Valley

An escape to the countryside in the oldest wine region of Australia located just 2 hours north of Sydney will see you visiting wineries, vineyards, having a taste of quality wines and gourmet food, dining at nice restaurants and having an excellent time unwinding. Here’s a selection of things you must experience in Hunter Valley:

 

Wine Tasting

Home to acclaimed wineries, Hunter Valley produces some of the best wines in the world, namely the Hunter Valley Semillon, with credit to the rich soils in the area. This wine region has more cellar doors than any other in the country and wine tasting tours are abundant. Choose from a wide range of wineries such as the Scarborough Wine Co, Peterson House, Waverley Estate, Leogate Estate Wines and much more where you can do some wine tasting and bring home some outstanding wines.

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Gourmet Delights

Local produce goes well with the wines of Hunter Valley. You can find them at the local restaurants, cafes, food and wine festivals, markets or you can go directly to the speciality stores where they are produced. Gourmet produce includes olive oils, dairy products such as hard-rind and soft cheeses, cured meats such as charcuterie, pate, relishes, chocolate, and even desserts! Check out the Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival held in May and June every year, or head to shops that do tastings, such as Binnorie Dairy, Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, Hunter Valley Cheese Company and the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.

 

Camping

For those who don’t care that much about accommodation, there are a couple of different holiday parks to choose from if you decide to do some camping in the Hunter Valley area. We have places such as Active Holidays BIG4, Country Acres, Gloucester Holiday Park, and Inland Waters Holiday Parks Lake Glenbawn. Go wherever you want, when you want, and after finishing up with the Hunter region you can always travel the North Coast of NSW.

 

Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens comprises of more than 60 acres of gardens on display, and more than 8 km of pathways to walk and discover its 10 different feature gardens, each with its own theme such as storybook, rose, sunken, etc. There’s a 35-minute tour on the Hunter Valley Garden Train that provides commentary on the history of the gardens. Also, there is an aqua golf and putt putt course at the gardens. The gardens are also a popular choice for weddings and functions.

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Golf

Hunter Valley is home to some local courses as well as golf resorts, catering to players of all experience levels. Hit a few putts in mesmerising surroundings of vineyards in the backdrop. A few notable golf courses in the area are Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club which is amongst the top in resort courses in the country, Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club and the Vintage Golf Club which are both championship courses.

 

Day Spas

Relaxation and rejuvenation are two things you can definitely experience when you’re at Hunter Valley. After a long day of wine tasting and gourmet dining, head to spas such as the Reflections Day Spa or Spa Anise, and pamper yourself in a tranquil environment.

Check out more info about HunterValley: Hunter Valley

Olivia Bourke is a travel writer who loves exploring the great hidden gems of Australia and wandering around in other countries. She writes for Great Lost and other travel related blogs to learn, inspire and inform others of the beauty of the world.

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10 Comments
  • Anne
    Posted at 15:30h, 05 June Reply

    I went to Hunters Valley years ago and loved it. My family bet me I could not take the bottle of wine home that I bought and leave it the full year they had recommended. I so won that bet!

  • Danni Lawson
    Posted at 15:46h, 05 June Reply

    The idea of camping for a few lovely days and then heading to the North Coast is lovely. The aqua golf would be so fun too! I’ve tried the wine tours outside Melbourne, but would love to explore more.

  • Chantell Collins
    Posted at 16:04h, 05 June Reply

    As an Australian, I have known about Hunter Valley my whole life but never had a chance to visit. I was worried that it would be expensive so itès great to know that there are camping options. Last time I was in Oz, I visited Barossa Valley, so next time I guess I will have to visit Hunter Valley. Thanks for the tips!

  • Julie Cao
    Posted at 01:49h, 06 June Reply

    I am a sucker for wine and I dont think I will pass up a trip to the wineries the Hunter Valley Semillon, to learn the process of making wine and taste some great Australian wines. Hunter Valley gardens looks so colorful and I dont know it has a 8-km pathways, it is more like a fun walk in a beautiful maze.

  • Natasha
    Posted at 08:41h, 06 June Reply

    I love food and wine, so that it sounds right up my alley! I’ve only ever visited Sydney for a few short days (Sadly!) but it sounds like I need to visit the outskirts and check out areas like Hunter Valley!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Brenda Tolentino
    Posted at 15:51h, 10 June Reply

    Hunter Valley sounds like the perfect day Trip from Sydney. I’d love to visit all the local restaurants who serve the perfect dishes to pair with the wines, especially the cheeses.

  • Chloe
    Posted at 23:30h, 10 June Reply

    I love how hunter valley offers so many outdoor opportunities. It has everything an explorer who loves wine needs to have!

  • knycx.journeying
    Posted at 10:01h, 11 June Reply

    That’s great to know apart from wine tasting there’s so much more to see and do in the region! Thanks for sharing and I think Hunter Valley is a great vacation spot. Keep it up 🙂 @ knycx.journeying

  • Richelle
    Posted at 03:28h, 12 June Reply

    My boyfriend is from Australia and he’s been talking about Hunter Valley a lot! I can’t believe you guys do free wine tastings in Australia. In the US we have to pay! I’ll definitely be pinning this for later.

  • Cat
    Posted at 22:20h, 12 June Reply

    There are so many things to do in Hunter Valley! I would definitely do some wine tasting if I visit. Spending some time at the spas sounds like a great idea as well!

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