For a slice of the good life, look no further than the Hunter, just north of Sydney. Hunter Valley is known for world-class wines complemented by great cuisine and accommodation. With more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley produces some terrific wines, loved at home and overseas.
Newcastle, capital of the Hunter Valley, is built around a large working harbour. Newcastle is one of the nations largest working ports situated in the mouth of the Hunter River. Nobby's Breakwater and Lighthouse - the city's most famous icon, guard the river's entrance.
Ten magnificent beaches and picturesque parks offer ample recreational opportunities around the city including surfing, beach fishing and swimming in the fabled Ocean Baths. Newcastle is within easy access to attractions including rainforests, wilderness areas, and extensive vineyards.
Singleton and the Upper Hunter reflect Australia's rural heritage with small country townships and farm stays. The area also offers wineries, horse studs, forests and a wealth of outdoor activities. Or for a change, experience Barrington Tops which features rugged mountains, gorges and dense forest. It's a magnet for horseback riders, bushwalkers, campers and 4WD tours.
Hunter, so much...so close...
Daily flights from Melbourne, Brisbane and NE Queensland by Virgin Blue & Jetstar. Daily flights by Tiger Air from Melbourne. Daily flights from Sydney with Aeropelican. Flights also operate from Canberra through Brindabella Airlines. Newcastle Airport is one hours' drive to the Hunter Valley.
Hunter Valley is two hours' drive north of Sydney. Drive north over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then take the F3 Freeway to the Sydney - Newcastle Highway. Then turn to the New England Freeway.
Several of tour operators pick up & deliver passingers from Sydney.
Country Link has four services daily from and to Sydney stopping at Maitland Railway Station.