Things to do in Hunter Valley
Explore Australia’s oldest wine region in the heart of New South Wales. Drink your way through endless fields of vines and boutique cellar doors in the Hunter Valley. The region produces a range of world-class wines, guaranteeing you’ll find one to suit your tastes. Head to a cellar door and sample a collection of beautiful wines or join a masterclass and taste rare vintages. With an array of traditional and boutique wineries you never know what surprise is awaiting you.
With over 150 wineries dotted across the region, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place to escape for a weekend filled with delectable food and drinks. Having discovered the taste of wine, why not learn how to cook its perfect pairing with a cooking masterclass? There is a collection of them scattered across the valley just waiting for you!
If you’re not much of a cook, head to the Hunter Valley Cheese Company for Cheesemaking Appreciation 101. The talented team will teach you how to pair cheese not only with charcuterie and crackers, but wines also. Grab yourself some of their gourmet cheese and pair with your favourite local wine for the perfect late night snack or afternoon picnic!
Once you’ve had your fill of delicious wine and cheese its time to explore the region. If the views of the valleys impress from the ground, wait until you see them from above. Hot air balloons depart daily and will take you over the valley where your breath will be taken away by the beauty below you. If you’d rather stay closer to the ground why not join a horseback tour or follow one of the bike trails through the winding hills of the valley.
Relax and unwind with a spa treatment at one of the many day spas spattered throughout the valley. Soothe your aches and pains with an indulgent hot stone massage or book in for a couple’s treatment, perfect for a romantic afternoon or girls’ weekend away. Float away in a sensory deprivation tank to release all your stress. Or, visit the Elysia Wellness Retreat, Australia’s biggest day spa. Their treatments will help calm and rest your body. With over 50 spa and wellness treatments on offer, they’ll help your reset before returning to hectic daily life.
Take some time away from indulgence and treatments to visit Kurri Kurri. These quaint town has over 60 murals showcasing the history and heritage of the region from Indigenous ownership to today. The mural project was born to combat unemployment and facilitate business growth. As time passed the project grew to become a major tourist attraction for the thousands of cars that pass through the town each year. Join a tour with a local guide to learn more about the artworks and their history.
Walk around the globe at the Hunter Valley Gardens. With millions of plants in over 14 hectares of gardens the stunning landscape has a surprise around each corner. The property is divided into a range of smaller gardens including the Rose Garden, Chinese Garden, Formal Garden, Sunken Garden and the enchanting Storybook Garden. Soak in the natural beauty surrounding you and take a botanical trip around the world.
The Hunter Valley is the perfect place to get away and enjoy yourself for a weekend of absolute bliss!