Hunter Valley | A traveler’s guide to Hunter Valley day trip


With Sydney’s best wineries, farm-to-fork food, and sophisticated yet laid-back retreats, it’s no wonder Hunter Valley has such enduring appeal. But many travelers have questions before taking a Hunter Valley day trip from Sydney. Therefore, we thought of answer some of the common questions asked by travelers with Sydney Top Tours.

How far Hunter Valley from Sydney?

Located 2 hours north of Sydney and this is Australia’s oldest wine region. Many of the wineries throughout the Hunter valley are family-owned. Those have been passed down the family generations for hundreds of years. The wines are produced the highest quality wines over the years. Some of the Hunter Valley wineries won international awards, for example, James Busby’s perpetual award and James Halliday’s five-star ratings for the quality of their wines. If you are obsessed with wine, try Vat 1 Semillon which is one of Australia’s most awarded white wines.

There are many attractions and things to do whilst in the Hunter Valley and so much more than just a wine tasting day trip from Sydney. The wine tours can be prebooked and you are part of a private tour or in a large group with a tour guide. Tour buses are prepared and organised to assist in moving patrons from one winery to the next. This avoids any risk of patrons driving whilst completing their wine and cheese tasting.

How many wineries are there in the Hunter Valley?

The wineries in this valley provide small samples of the different types of wine. Hunter is famous for Semillon, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.  Verdelho and Chambourcin are other vine varieties you can find in the region. Handmade chocolates, fudge, and cheese are the other options available for you of you a foodie! Along with those, you can taste olive samples which are also produced in the area.

With many wineries in the area, there are endless opportunities for places to visit. Not only you can sample the wines of the region but you can sample the local chocolate, cheese, gin, and vodka – All the best things in one place!

What is Hunter Valley famous for?

Along with the wineries, there is plenty of other things to see in the area.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Along with the wineries, there is plenty of other things to see in the area. The Hunter Valley Gardens are beautifully maintained and full of native plants and flowers. Taking a walk through the gardens can take a few hours, so make sure you take water and a hat.

Hot air balloon ride Hunter Valley

For something different, you can even few the wineries and gardens from above in the comfort of a hot air balloon.

Hunter Valley Zoo

If you are taking children with you there is also the Hunter Valley Zoo. This located in Cessnock with an assortment of animals and activities for them.

Hunter region accommodation

The Hunter Valley is perfect for a day trip, midweek getaway, or romantic weekend away with your loved one. There are accommodation options suits for all budget types. The Crown Plaza Hunter Valley is a very popular accommodation option with many opting to stay there. There is also an assortment of luxury hotels and spa retreat to stay in the Hunter region. But, if you want something more laid back, there are camping grounds and caravan parks available as well.
Due to the popularity of the area, it is wise to book as far in advance as possible if you are looking to stay in the Valley and especially if you are going at a popular time of year, such as Christmas

Hunter Valley gardens

Weather in Pokolbin

Depending on what time of year you visit, the Hunter Valley weather varies. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather if you are heading towards the valley. If any plans to spend outside of the wineries and gardens, make sure that you are hydrated and properly sheltered from the sun.

If you do not want to be a part of a tour, you can also visit Hunter Valley wineries, gardens, and local attractions on your own. There is plenty to do outside of a tour and you can visit in your own time. All the wineries offer their products for purchase and you can go home with an assortment of local produce.

You can organise a private tour guide from Sydney and tailored to the areas and attractions that you would like to see whilst providing you with the peace of mind of being able to get in and around the different places without your own vehicle. They are professional, fun and full of interesting information about the area.

Hunter Valley wine tours

Whichever way you decide to go; in a tour or on your own, make sure you take a camera to photograph the beautiful area and giving yourself a memory that you can refer back to for years to come.

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