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12 Great Things to Do in the Hunter Valley

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NSW’s Hunter Valley has a long and rich history and wide variety of things to do but the obvious place to start is in the wineries! So here’s a list of 12 great things to do in the Hunter Valley …

1) Visiting Cellar Doors. There are over 100 wineries in the Hunter Valley and virtually all of them welcome visitors for wine tasting. The predominant white varieties are Semillon and Chardonnay. The Hunter is renowned for its Semillon, regarded by many as the best in the world. Chardonnay is also extensively produced and there are many styles found here. You can find other white varieties as well…Shiraz is the red variety the Hunter is most renowned for although there are pockets of outstanding Cabernet and other reds around the place….and let’s not forget Champagne styles, with Peterson and others producing them in recent years.
Winery Tours are also offered by some wineries.
2) Dining out. There are many fine restaurants in the Hunter, including some in the wineries, such as the Great Cask Hall at Hope Estate and the Diner and Tapas Bar at Wandin Valley Estate. For more click here.
3) History. The Hunter is full of historic sites. The village of Morpeth, located on the Hunter River, was founded in 1830 and has a number of public buildings on the Register of the National Estate. There are also interesting retail places to browse….The Edgeworth David Museum in Pokolbin has over 5,000 heritage items in its collection.
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4) Hot Air Balloon Trips. There are several companies offering early morning hot air balloon trips. Imagine floating peacefully, quietly and slowly along the treetops in the early morning light, startling the kangaroos as you approach. Follow this with a champagne breakfast.
5) Golf courses. The Lower Hunter Valley has a number of fine golf courses, including the Greg Norman designed Vintage, site of various pro tournaments, the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club at the Crown Plaza Hotel, and Cypress Lakes at the resort of the same name, as well as others in the vicinity. As well as fascinating course layouts, the surrounding scenery is lovely, full of the bucolic splendour of the Hunter Valley.
6) Horse riding is a delightful way to spend a few hours and see some of the valley at a slower pace.
7) Taste some chocolate or fudge at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company in Lovedale.
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8 ) Concerts. Spring, summer and autumn offer a range of outdoor concerts in the wineries, from Hope Estate, to Tempus Two to Wyndham Estate and Bimbadgen. From Opera in the Vineyards in October at Wyndham Estate, the Hunter has seen the likes of John Mellencamp, Elton John, Cheryl Crow, Fleetwood Mac, Carlos Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Neil Diamond and Steely Dan. This year, we’ll be seeing Carole King, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Elvis Costello and others. For more see the Hunter Valley Blackboard.
9) Weddings. The wine country has many superb wedding venues and hosts over 1,000 weddings each year. Go to a wedding or even have a wedding in the beautiful surrounds of the wine country.
10) Go to a Brewery for a change of pace. There are several breweries and distilleries in the wine country.
11) Treat yourself to relaxing but slightly luxurious accommodation by choosing self-contained accommodation in the Hunter Valley – a preferred option for people who want to truly relax.
12) Visit the Hunter Valley Zoo, a great venue for any group with children
And one more, because it’s always nice to under-promise and over-deliver:
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13) Taste some cheese at one of several cheese making establishments in the Hunter. For some, the stinkier the better!
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