Sometimes we all need a weekend to escape the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Just a stones throw from Sydney and the Central coast lies the Hunter Valley – and if it isn’t on your to-do list already, it should be! The Hunter Valley has so much more to offer than just wine. Wide open spaces, fresh air, friendly locals and some of the prettiest country in this wide brown land. So, if you are wondering just what there is to see and do in the Hunter Valley, grab your pen and paper. Because we are about to plan your weekend with the advantage of local knowledge.
First things first – accommodation! And of course Getaway Hunter has options to cater for all budgets and requirements. From cosy, self-contained cottages tucked away at the foot of Mount View to open, breezy homes on the privacy of its own acreage. All are located within short distance of cellar doors and restaurants, activities and attractions.
Once in the Hunter, what are you going to do with all this free time? Yes, of course, the wineries are a must see and as locals we have more than a few recommendations of where you can find some outstanding vintages. Call in and see our friends at –
- McGuigans Wines – Broad range with outstanding aged Hunter chardonnay and shiraz!
- Lambloch – Big Hunter reds!
- RidgeView – Classic Hunter varieties with a stunning back drop.
- Gundog Estate – Arguably THE best muscat in the Hunter and outstanding semillons.
- Tintilla Estate – Try the sangiovese!
- Piggs Peake – An interesting approach to winemaking like no other in the Valley!
- Hart and Hunter – Single vineyard Hunter varieties from a small winemaker.
But what if wine isn’t your thing? Yes gents (and ladies), we realise that you may prefer the golden drop. A good old fashioned ale. And the Hunter is fast becoming a leading producer of the ‘frothy’. The trusty, old beer. We now have 3 breweries producing some of the best beers in the country, right in the middle of wine country. Lagers, draughts, ales, ciders and stouts. There is something for all tastes.
Hunter Beer Co is located within the grounds of Potters Hotel and Resort on Wine Country Drive, Nulkaba. Keith, Jarrod and the team run brewery tours twice daily and are always on hand with a friendly smile to pour you a beer and give you some background on how it was produced. Hunter Beer Co is home to our personal favourite, the Slaked Magpie. A great porter with hints of vanilla, chocolate and mocha.
Why not do the brewery trail?
- Hunter Beer Co
- Lovedale Brewery
- Hope Estate
- Matilda Bay
Is the Hunter Valley only about wine and food? Of course not!
The Hunter Valley Gardens offer 25 hectares (that’s 60 acres!) of themed Gardens, creating the perfect mix of fun, excitement and appreciation for blooming flowers and plants. This multi-award winning area has 10 internationally themed displays, including our Rose Garden, Indian Garden, Chinese Garden, Italian Grotto and many more. Hunter Valley Gardens is also home to popular annual events such as the Annual Christmas Lights Spectacular, Snowtime In The Garden, Mega Creatures and the Rose Spectacular.
The Hunter Valley has also become the premier location for open air concerts bringing world renown acts to the stage year after year. Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, INXS and Lionel Richie have all graced our stages and stellar line ups are already in the planning for this season. See our diary for up-coming events month after month and make sure you check back regularly. As new events are being added all the time!
So if you want a place to relax, explore, eat, be entertained or simply experience the vineyards, you know where to go.
See you soon!