One of Australia’s iconic wine producing locations, the Hunter Valley region is a marvellous holiday destination visited by millions of national and international tourists. In recent years, the Hunter Valley region has become synonymous, not only with great wines, but with upscale restaurants and its artistic scene. Art galleries, fine dining, arts markets and a range of festivals and other outdoor events have made a deep impact on the area, all for the better.
The Hunter Valley region is known foremost for its production of great wine and is a haven for wine connoisseurs. There are many wineries scattered throughout the region and many of them offer guided tours of their estates and allow you to sample some of their wares. Constable Estate Vineyards, located in Pokolbin, was established back in the 1980s by two English best friends. Come here for an interesting guided tour of their estate. They also have five spectacular gardens to relax in, the perfect setting for sampling the various wines they produce.
Peterson House is the only winery in the Hunter Valley region which produces sparkling wines, so if you are a lover of the bubbles, head here. You can enjoy the full range of their beautifully scented sparkling wines overlooking the quaint little stone duck pond and their restaurant offering breakfasts are a definite must.
There are many holiday homes to rent throughout the Hunter Valley region, many near the various wineries located here. Renting a holiday villa near your favourite winery gives you a layer of sophistication and culture to your holiday, along with the most spectacular views of this iconic region.
Although the Hunter Valley region is well known, and adored, for its production of wines, there are many activities to partake in and cultural sites to explore. Head to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, located about kilometres from Kurri Kurri. This area was once known, not for its wines, but for mining and the museum was established to keep the mining memory alive. The museum is full of interesting memorabilia, including the old fashioned trains which still run here three out of four Sundays in a month which you can ride on.
Wollombi Valley is one of the best destinations in the Hunter Valley region. Inundated with spectacular sceneries of the surrounding wineries, mountains and blooming lavender meadows, this is a place of relaxation and serenity for the soul. This tranquil location was established by settlers in the 1830s but had been a trading place of the Koori Aborigines for centuries before that. In the nearby Yango National Park, you can admire some of the Aborigine rock carvings.
Staying in your very own luxury holiday accommodation is the perfect way to enjoy your stay in the Hunter Valley region. Not only does it give you privacy and flexibility, it allows you to enjoy some of the most impressive views of the surrounding area.
Staying in your very own serviced apartment or holiday home is a great way of exploring the Hunter Valley region. The wine tasting region has a wealth of hidden delights waiting to be explored. During the day, discover traditional villages and forested areas and by night, head back to your holiday rental after a night of romance and serenity.
The Hunter Valley region enjoys a wonderful sunny climate all year round. The summer months enjoy an average temperature of around 27 °C and 15 °C during the winter months (please note that Australia’s summer period is the winter period in the Northern Hemisphere). Whenever you come here, remember to drink plenty of fluids and apply lots of sun screen to protect your skin.
Travelling to the Hunter Valley region is very simple to do. Depart London Heathrow Airport on one of the many airlines including British airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Qantas Airways and American Airways with stopovers in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Seoul. On arriving in Sydney Airport, it is a 90 minute drive to the Hunter Valley region. Once you are settled in your holiday house, the magic of your holiday really begins.