Mining town turned tourism hub, Cessnock has come a long way while remaining true to its working-class roots. Dubbed the gateway to Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, Cessnock is the backbone to a thriving tourism industry – from its guesthouses to tour-based companies, Cessnock is changing in a big way.
Vincent Street is the main hub and is teeming with cafes, eateries and specialty stores. Department store giants are also located nearby. The local pubs are a mainstay, some have remained true to Aussie pub grub while others have adopted a more refined menu, but all come with a side of country hospitality. Step away from the main centre and the streets take on a much quieter feel. Lined with double brick and weatherboard homes, some on larger lots then others, but all with a nostalgia of times passed.
Although catering to a diverse community, families are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to schools and outdoor pursuits. Cessnock is bordered by Werakata National Park and Aberdare State Forest, which are the local go-tos for mountain biking, trail walking and camping. The playing fields and parks scattered throughout the area hint at the locals enduring love affair with sports, namely rugby, with some big-name players having had their start here.