Famed for its world class wineries and superb countryside, the Hunter Valley is fast becoming one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. Just a few hours north of Sydney, the region is surrounded by spectacular rural scenery and expansive national parks. Home to championship golf courses, lavish day spas and boutique accommodation, the Hunter Valley lends itself to weary city dwellers seeking a breath of fresh air. With an impressive range of restaurants showcasing local fare, not to mention the region’s famed nectar, eating and drinking is a popular pastime. Whether you desire a relaxing weekend getaway or a rural adventure, the Hunter Valley is sure to please. Here are our top five things to do in the Hunter Valley.
A winery tour is unmissable for thirsty visitors, with more than 150 excellent wineries, vineyards and cellar doors to explore. These guided tours will take a group of guests to a selection of premier wineries for enticing taste testings of the region’s most popular varieties of wine. Whether it’s the rich Hunter Valley Semillon or the sweet Chardonnay, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by the range of quality flavours available.
The Hunter Valley is also touted as a gastronome’s paradise. Boasting a burgeoning restaurant scene, you will find a host of delightful dishes that feature the region’s local produce. From casual eats at the local pub to dining at a modern Australian bistro, this will be one holiday that will truly satisfy. Those looking to expand their skills can join a class at one of the local cooking schools, where you can learn the art of cooking from an expert chef.
Shake off the extra holiday calories by spending your days exploring the great outdoors. Nature enthusiasts can wander the array of national parks and state forests that dot the area. Those truly taken with the captivating landscape can float serenely over lush green fields in a hot air balloon or go horse back through the rugged Australian countryside. Capture a bird’s eye view as your fly over brilliant patchwork paddocks on a helicopter flight at sunrise or simply pack a picnic and enjoy a hiking adventure through the bushland.
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There is no better place for a pampering than the tranquil surrounds of the Hunter Valley. Many of the local hotels boast beautiful day spas that offer a wealth of wellness treatments and five star facilities. Whether you choose to enjoy hot stone therapy, a manicure or pedicure or a soothing massage, you will feel sensational. Relax and unwind in the steam rooms or spa baths, or bask in the sunshine in the private sun gardens.
Golf aficionados can practise their swing in the Hunter Valley with a selection of stunning golf courses at your fingertips. Test your skills on the tree-lined fairways of the championship Vintage Golf Course, which was designed by renowned golfer, Greg Norman. Or enjoy a leisurely round of golf at the world class Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club which features glorious views of the Brokenback Mountain ranges.
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