Australia,  Hunter Valley,  New South Wales

A Weekend away in Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley is definitely a place to go if you’re visiting Sydney or New South Wales. It took me 4 years living in Sydney to visit the region but I loved and I’m planning to come back every year if I can. What a lovely place to relax, enjoy a weekend gateway, trying different wines and delicious food.

Location

The Hunter Valley, north of Sydney in New South Wales, is one of Australia’s major wine regions. Known for varietals such as Semillon and Shiraz, it’s home to numerous wineries, including world-renowned brands and family business boutique operations. Most are located south of the Hunter River and offer cellar door wine tastings and vineyard tours.

How to get there

Driving from Sydney takes around 3 h 57 min (271.5 km) via M1 and I do not recommend by public transport. I do recommend to book a tour from Sydney or rent a car.

Things to Do and See

Nature and Outdoors

Hunter Valley Gardens

Set in the heart of Pokolbin, NSW, Hunter Valley Gardens has established itself as a diverse tourist attraction, complementing Australia’s oldest wine producing region. 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Gardens is an all year round oasis of colour on a scale not seen before in other areas of Australia, offering a unique mix of activities suitable for all age groups, short or long stay visits, special interest and casual groups.

Hot Air Balloons

Aerial views of vineyards and the countryside are guaranteed in amazing scenic adventures. Ballooning over the picturesque Hunter Valley is a must!

Wine Tasting

I visited Tulloch Wines for my first wine tasting in Hunter Valley. Over four generations and 125 years, Tulloch have been crafting wines and experiences.

I choose the Mystery Wine tour experience, a super fun way to guess and also learn about the wines through the colours, aromas and flavours.

They selected six of the wines from their tasting list and I had to work out what they are… I had so much fun some fun trying to learn about the wines at my own pace looking at colours, flavours, comparing and I had the fabulous assistance from a wine professional from Tulloch and all the information I needed to solve the mystery.

The experience took around 40 minutes and it costs around $50 per person. It totally worth it! Loved it!

More info here: https://www.tullochwines.com/food_wine_exp/mystery-wine-tour-35-head/

Accommodation

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill Hunter Valley

I was invited to stay at Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill Hunter Valley for a weekend and it’s was a lovely stay. What I liked most about this hotel was the location.

Leisure Inn is a picturesque retreat, set on 25 acres of peaceful grounds in the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. 

The place is beautiful located in the bush, with amazing views and I liked the separate villas, this is a good value for money accommodation.

The villas are great, with a comfortable bed, spacious room and there is a little kitchenette which is perfect to make breakfast. There is also a cafe in the hotel if you prefer to have your breakfast outside your room. There’s a pool which is good during summer time.

Also, I loved all the wildlife at our doorstep. Ducks, birds with a beautiful outlook from the rooms. Unfortunately, I visited the region during the bushfires, so they were struggling with the dry and smoke air. But anyway, it was great to support the local business and enjoy this beautiful place! I definitely would like to come back.

More info: https://www.leisureinnpokolbinhill.com.au

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Happy travels!

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