Hunter Valley, New South Wales © Destination NSW
Guide to the Hunter Valley
- Getting to the Hunter Valley
- When to visit
An escape to Australia’s oldest wine growing region is a treat for the senses. Expect charming vineyards, peaceful landscapes and gourmet thrills.
The Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wines. Known for its exquisite varieties of semillon and shiraz, it's renowned worldwide as a gourmet getaway. There are over 150 cellar doors and a growing number of innovative restaurants offering opportunities for indulgence across every pocket of the region. Its strong history of farming lends itself to incredible paddock to plate and biodynamic experiences, adding that extra satisfaction to your gourmet delights. Around your sampling, soak up the region’s natural wonders, unwind at one of the many day spas or sing your heart out with music between the vines.
The Hunter Valley sits just two hours north of Sydney and an hour west of Newcastle. The best way to get to and around the region is by car or with an organised tour.
- Sydney Airport (SYD) services domestic and international arrivals
- Newcastle Airport (NTL) services domestic flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne
- Car hire is available both in Sydney and Newcastle
There is only one taxi company in the Hunter Valley, so ensure you pre-book if you do decide to leave the car at your accommodation.
While the Hunter Valley is great to visit all year round, spring is bustling with the best of what's to offer. The weather is mild and there is a range of music events and local festivals that are happening during this time. If you like the idea of sipping wine in front of an open fireplace, head to the Hunter in winter and avoid the crowds.
- High season: Spring (September to November)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: Hunter Valley Wine and Beer festival (June)