As far as weekend trips are concerned, the beautiful Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia, has everything it takes for a perfect getaway. Plus, it’s only 2 hours north by car from Sydney, making it accessible to tourists from all over the world. In fact, every year, 2.5 million people visit the area to take advantage of the winery tours, hot air balloon, and many other attractions the Hunter Valley has to offer.
Hunter Valley Accommodation is easy to find throughout the entire region, no matter your budget or the type of occasion. But the three most popular places to stay are Pokolbin, Cessnock, and Lovedale.
Pokolbin can be found at the heart of the Lower Hunter Valley wine region. This area is not only the oldest wine region in Australia, but it’s also one of the country’s most famous. It has over 120 wineries, the oldest of which are nearly 200 years old. Take a tour and try the acclaimed Hunter Valley Semillon or the popular Australian Shiraz that are made here.
In addition to wineries galore, you will also enjoy Pokolbin’s selection of more than 60 restaurants and have your choice of over 160 places to stay. Golfers can get a bit of exercise at one of the region’s world-class golf courses. Visitors to this area can also take a stroll through the southern hemisphere’s largest rose garden, which is found in the 60-acre Hunter Valley Gardens, along with shops, restaurants, a chapel, and other attractions.
The picturesque Cessnock area is Pokolbin’s neighbor. A group of the small towns Paxton, Millfield, and Bellbird make up this area, which was named after Scotland’s Cessnock Castle as a tribute to the area’s early Scottish settlers. Cessnock marks where the Hunter Valley wine region starts and is also visited for is collection of antique shops, craft shops, and art galleries.
Finally, you have Lovedale, which much like Pokolbin and Cessnock, is a great place for wine tours. But along with its many wineries, Lovedale also has exciting activities to offer, like hot air balloon and horseback rides, which are great for visitors looking to quench their thirst for adventure while taking in the breathtaking landscape.