7 Incredible Hunter Valley Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Rose Foster

1. Drink!

It’s probably no surprise that one of the best things to do in The Hunter is to visit the various wineries and cellar doors. The Hunter is home to some of the most well-known wine brands including Brokenwood and Tempus Two. There are also a number of unique ways to enjoy the local vintages too.

At Sutton Estate, you can have some fun in the Wine Escape Room, at The Hunter Valley Resort, you can enjoy The Wine Theatre or you can learn more about the wines you’re drinking at Audrey Wilkinson or Ivanhoe.

And it’s not just wine you can drink in the Hunter. Drink beer at Hope Escape Brewery, sip tea at Sabor Tea Room, enjoy cider at Pokolbin Cider House or sample gin, vodka and liqueurs at Hunter Distillery.

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2. Eat!

The Hunter is also a world-class foodie location. Enjoy cheese at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop or the Hunter Valley Cheese Company, sample chocolates at Donarch Fine Chocolate, drink great coffee at Bella & Co. Coffee Cart and share a charcuterie platter at Lovedale Smokehouse Cafe and Gourmet Pantry. The Hunter Valley Olive Co. has a range of delicious olive-based delicacies and beauty products too.

You can also visit the historic Arnott Bakehouse, where the famous biscuit brand started its journey.


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3. Explore Gardens

With over 14 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, The Hunter Valley Gardens are some of the most incredible around. Spend an afternoon exploring 10 internationally themed gardens, including the popular Storybook Garden.


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4. Soar High

One of the best ways to see the Hunter is from above. Take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the vines or head to Aerohunter for a thrilling flight in one of Australia’s most rare warplanes. Or, embrace the air from the ground at Luskintyre Airfield and Aviation Museum.

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5. Embrace Culture and Heritage

This area is a melting pot of history, heritage and culture. Try Mountain Maid Gold Mine, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Richmond Vale Railway Museum or Saint James Anglican Church (one of the oldest churches in Australia). Plus, there are number of self-guided heritage walks.

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6. 4WD The Valley

There are a number of 4WD tracks in The Hunter. Take the Barrington Trail for some great 4WDing, fishing and awesome camping or the Big Yango Loop Trail if you’re feeling adventurous.

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7. Play Golf

Golf is hugely popular in The Hunter with a huge number of golf courses in the area. Singleton Golf Club, Oaks Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club and The Vintage Golf Club are amongst the most popular. If you’re looking for something less formal, try Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.

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