Guide to the Hunter Valley

Give your tastebuds a serious work-out in Australia's oldest wine growing region. Guide to the Hunter Valley
Site Requires Javascript - turn on javascript!

Guide to the Hunter Valley

Give your tastebuds a serious work-out in Australia's oldest wine growing region.

By Ellie Schneider

Enjoy epicurean indulgences in the Hunter Valley, home to more than 120 wineries, gourmet restaurants, spa retreats and concerts in the vineyards.


Hunter Valley Wine Country is about two hours drive north of Sydney. Hire the car from the city or join a tour to visit several wineries in a day.


  • Learn a thing or two from the winemakers
  • Get a bird's-eye view across the vineyards
  • Relax at a luxurious spa retreat 

Hunter Valley highlights


Drink and dine

At the Hunter Valley's cellar doors you can taste a wide variety of wines, or join a tasting masterclass to sample rare vintages. The historic 1866 Audrey Wilkinson winery offers an excellent range of Semillons at its picturesque tasting room. You can try Chardonnay and Shiraz at the Oakvale Wines estate. At avant garde winery Usher Tinkler – housed within the beautifully restored Pokolbin Church – pair wine or whiskey with prosciutto, truffle salumi and camembert. Sit down to lunch at multi-award-winning restaurant Muse, where you'll dine on seasonally driven dishes (such as Mandagery Creek venison or chicken tarrine) paired with Hungerford Hill wines.

Say cheese

When you need a break from a jam-packed schedule of cellar doors, drop into the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory. Here you'll find a fantastic selection of handmade cow and goat milk cheese, available to taste and buy. Order a cheese tasting board to try five cheeses, or book a private cheese appreciation class to learn about cheese varieties and the art of wine matching. The Smelly Cheese Shop also offers a great range of local and imported cheese, which you can enjoy at its in-house café.

Float above the vineyards

Set your alarm clock early for a sunrise hot air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft. On this one hour flight you'll ascent above the Hunter Valley vineyards of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury and Broke, to heights of more than 600 metres (2000 feet). Afterwards, a decadent champagne breakfast is served on the deck of Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House Winery. Choose from a mouth-watering menu teamed with chocolates and Peterson House sparkling wines. 

Be pampered at a day spa

After all that food and wine, it’s time to unwind at one of the Hunter Valley's many day spas. Choose from a number of spa packages at Château Élan, which include use of the hydro lounge, offering a plunge pool and outdoor hot spa. The Couples Retreat package begins with an invigorating body massage before a soak in a private geisha tub, and culminates in a Swedish massage. Or visit Australia's largest day spa, Spa Elysia at Golden Door Health Retreat, and book an indulgent 110 minute Pamper Package, which includes a luxurious body exfoliation, body wrap and pedi spa.

Go for the festivals

Throughout the year the Hunter Valley presents a diverse calendar of festivals and events at its wineries. Music buffs should visit for Jazz in the Vines, which hosts big names in jazz, soul, blues and rock at Tyrrell’s Vineyard on the last Saturday of October. During May progressive-style dining event the Lovedale Long Lunch winds through several Hunter Valley vineyards and restaurants, offering different dishes at each venue. Wander through the colourful blooms of the Hunter Valley Gardens during Spring Festival in September or follow an art trail at Sculpture in the Vineyards in November.

Audrey Wilkinson, New South Wales

Behind the Scenes Winery Tour
Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the wine making process followed by wine tasting and cheese matching.

From A$ 120 /per person

Latest Articles About the Hunter Valley

7 Incredible Wine Expe...

7 Incredible Wine Experiences Across Australia

Find cellar doors, paddock-to-plate restaurants and artisanal grocery stores on these gourmet getaways.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite
72 Hours in the Hunter...

72 Hours in the Hunter Valley

More Articles Like This

Australia's food and w...

Australia's food and wine

You can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the most scenic locations on Earth. Australia does open air dining like nowhere else.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite
Australia’s Ultimate D...

Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Over the past decade Australia has become a culinary destination par excellence, as the rest of the world is fast discovering. When it comes to fine dining and out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences, visitors to Australia are spoilt for choice. From sparkling harbourside dining and luxe lodge stays to dinner in the sands of an ocre-red desert illuminated by the southern night sky, Australia is a gourmet hedonist’s dream destination. Enjoy some of Australia’s best food and wine in some of the world’s most stunning surroundings.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite
Australia's Wine Regio...

Australia's Wine Regions

Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite
Three Weeks from Sydne...

Three Weeks from Sydney

Start your Australian adventure in Sydney, where you can climb the Harbour Bridge and visit the Opera House. Close to Sydney's fringes, explore the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or the vine-lined Hunter Valley. Swim with dolphins in Port Stephens or in sparkling Jervis Bay. Fly or drive to Melbourne, the place to soak up culture in the galleries and drink, dine and shop in secret laneways. Drive to Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula or along the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Bells Beach and The Twelve Apostles. You could also fly to Australia's Red Centre to discover Uluru, Kata Tjuta, the MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and the outback town of Alice Springs.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite
Guide to the Barossa V...

Guide to the Barossa Valley

South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and finest wine producing regions.

상세 정보 보기

희망 여행에 추가 Add to your favourites add favourite

Make Your Trip Happen

숙박업소 형태
호텔 등급
가격 범위
메인 코스


주류 판매 허가
죄송합니다. 검색하신 내용에 대한 결과는 현재 제공해 드릴 수 없습니다. 불편을 드려서 죄송합니다. 나중에 다시 시도해 주십시오.