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The Hunter Valley is only 2 hours or 120 km North of Sydney and the ideal destination for a short break, luxury escape, day trip or long weekend and special celebrations, where you can be surrounded by nature and culture within a short time.


Australia’s oldest wine region offers more than just premium fine wines, gourmet delights and a beautiful vineyard setting. In the Hunter Valley, there is so much to explore. The Hunter Valley is the place to indulge, escape, and invigorate your senses.


Tour the famous Hunter Valley Gardens, visit the zoo, unwind with a round of golf, and indulge in cheese or chocolate. Relax and be pampered in a spa or seek out the galleries and local artisans products. For the adventurous, cycle or go horse riding at sunset, take to the air in a hot air balloon, sky dive or enjoy a joy flight.


The Hunter Valley is surrounded by untouched natural landscape and beautiful scenery where you can go bush walking, four wheel driving, or mountain biking. Explore our rich heritage by visiting convict relics, see remnants of our coal mining past and have an authentic Aboriginal experience.


There are a range of different activities to suit couples, families, groups and special occasions in the Hunter Valley.


Book Hunter Valley accommodation using our booking buttons -, WOTIF and TXA. Get a last minute affordable deal or secure your concert accommodation, transfers and bus pickups. Book your weekend away in the Hunter Valley and ask our friendly staff how they can help you book dining, tours, and activities.


Contact the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre when planning your next visit or browse our sub-regions.



How to get to the Hunter Valley:



Two hours north of Sydney, taking the M1 Freeway, Cessnock local government area is accessible following the directional signs to Cessnock / Vineyards.



The Hunter Expressway is a four lane highway connecting the M1 at the Newcastle junction to Kurri Kurri, Lovedale, and Wine Country Drive at Branxton. Review a comprehensive Hunter Expressway guide with map.


Tourist Drive 33 is the scenic route  taking the M1 exit at Peats Ridge and journeying from Calga to Branxton via Historic Wollombi. Follow the Brown shields. More information on Tourist Drive 33.




The Hunter Valley Way is a new self drive tour starting at the M1 at Freemans Waterhole and finishing at Merriwa where one can take their time to appreciate the ever changing scenery of the Hunter Valley. Follow the Hunter Valley Way Signs. More information on Hunter Valley Way.


The Mellong Sector of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive is a major arterial road connecting the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to the Hunter Valley via the Putty Road. A map and further information can be viewed at the following link:


Hire cars are also available and buses for large groups can be organised.




Newcastle Airport, based at Williamtown is the main regional airport servicing Port Stephens the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. Newcastle Airport is located approximately 25 minutes drive north of Newcastle on the east coast of NSW, Australia. Jetstar, QantasLink, Regional Express, and Virgin Australia operate daily flights direct from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane and other regional centres.

For more information visit the Newcastle Airport

From Newcastle Airport, Cessnock local government area and the Hunter Valley Wine Country is approximately 50 minutes by road. Several operators offer door-to-door shuttle transport by limousine or minibus to and from Newcastle and Sydney airports.