Things to do in the Hunter Valley

by Elisa Parry

We’re going to let you in on a secret – there’s a lot more to the Hunter Valley than just good wine! Just a couple of hours north of Sydney, the Hunter region is home to a range of epic experiences from aerobatic warbird flights to hot air ballooning, even rally driving. Here’s some inspiration for your next trip to the Hunter Valley including ideas on where to stay, eat and explore…

Where to stay

Hunter Valley homestead retreat
Homestead group retreat

The Hunter is the perfect place to escape to with friends. If you’re looking for group accommodation, this four-bedroom homestead retreat is the perfect place to relax and unwind. You’ll enjoy stunning views overlooking Molly Morgan Vineyard and Brokenback Ranges.

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Stroud getaway in the Hunter Valley
Relaxing country getaway

Heading to the Hunter for a romantic getaway? This cute cottage in Stroud is the ultimate place to get away from it all. Relax in the spacious hot tub, enjoy local wine (included) and savour the peace and quiet.

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Hunter Valley getaway
Hunter Valley getaway with case of wine

Looking for a getaway that has it all? This is the place! Enjoy an afternoon tea of freshly baked treats on arrival, a daily breakfast hamper, complimentary platter of local cheese and a case of estate-grown single vineyard wines. You won’t want to leave!

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Where to eat

Degustation in the Hunter Valley
Winery tour with tasting and five-course degustation

A weekend in the Hunter is all about indulgence, so we suggest you go all out and enjoy a five-course degustation lunch at a hatted restaurant. This experience also includes a wine tasting with olives and a guided tour of the vineyard.

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Picnic in the Hunter Valley
Winery tour with tasting, hamper and painting kit

Enjoy a tour of Bimbadgen Winery before choosing your favourite spot among the vines for the ultimate picnic. It’s also the perfect chance to channel your inner Monet and have a go at painting your stunning surrounds.

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Hunter Valley tasting tour
Hunter Valley tasting tour with lunch

Just in the Hunter for a day and want to do it all? On this tasting, you’ll get to sample wine, vodka, chocolate, cheese and more at three award-winning vineyards followed by a delicious lunch!

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What to do


Hot air ballooning Hunter Valley
Hot air ballooning

If you’re getaway is part of a celebration for a birthday or anniversary, you could always make the weekend extra special with a hot air balloon experience! You’ll soar over the valley at sunrise before landing and tucking into a delicious breakfast at a local winery.

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Jet fighter flight Hunter Valley
Intro warbird aerobatic flight

While you’ll take in the views from a hot air balloon, a warbird flight is a more thrilling way to take to the skies… Always wanted to try aerial manoeuvres including acrobatics, loops, rolls and stall turns? Now is your chance!

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Rally Driving in the Hunter Valley
Rally drive with hot lap experience

It’s time to head off road and try your hand at rally driving. Cut eight laps around the track testing your skills under the guidance of an instructor before enjoying a hot lap where you’ll see just how fast these cars can go…

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