The Hunter Region of Australia, or as its more commonly known the Hunter Valley, is an region of New South Wales beginning approximately 120 km north of Sydney, Australia. The lower Hunter Valley is one of Australia's most famous wine growing regions, and is a major tourist destination in New South Wales. The Hunter Valley is the sixth most visited place in Australia attracting more than 2.5 million people each year. The Hunter River and its tributaries occupy this valley south of the Mt. Royal Range. The land in the upper valley is used primarily for livestock grazing, dairying and agriculture. The lower valley is an important economic center for coal mining and wineries primarily for export. One of the best ways to experience the Hunter Valley region is through our professionally guided Wine and Cheese Tasting Day Tour.
Newcastle is a good place to base yourself for exploring the Hunter Region as well as the Coast.
Maitland has many interesting historical buildings built in Australia's early Colonial Period, but also from the Georgian, Victorian and Federation days.
Cessnock is a great place to begin exploring the Hunter Region. The Cessnock Information Centre has plenty of information on what to do, where to go, best wineries to visit, great restaurants, Hunter Valley tours and plenty of choices for activities.
Singleton, in the center of the Hunter Region and on the river, is home to many wineries including Australia's oldest surviving winery. Singleton also has a Historical Museum as well as an Infantry Museum worth visiting, and the different wine tours are available take you to some very select wineries in the area.
Interested in obtaining more information about some of the Hunter Region's wineries? While no one site can provide complete details on every one of the wineries in the Hunter Valley you can find more information about some of the wineries by clicking here.
Hunter Valley known around the world for its great wines, is quickly developing its name as a gourmet paradise also. Cafes and fine dining restaurants can be found throughout the valley. A number of the wineries themselves have award winning restaurants offering delicious fare and fine dining.
Located in the Hunter vineyards at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges are the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 25 hectares, they contain sensational sights, colors and fragrances in the twelve stunning feature gardens. Each garden is an exciting journey through flowers, trees and shrubs with an air of discovery at every turn.
A low maintenance garden, with no obvious beginning or end, modeled on a 17th Century Endo period design. The Oriental Garden is a combination of Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. Bask in a lavish array of color and scent found in the Rose Garden, with more than eight thousand roses on display, laze above the 10 meter waterfall and take in the superb views from the lookout or step back in time with all your favorite fairytale characters in the Storybook Garden.