Synonymous with exquisite wine and picturesque countryside, the Hunter Valley is a major tourism destination, but for the lucky few, it’s a place to call home. Brokenback Range frames the valley that is teeming with small boutiques and nationally renowned cellar doors and microbreweries. Then there are the working and hobby farms, resorts, intimate guesthouses and speciality stores. The best part is, it’s not overbearing, it’s a sophisticated escape that balances the regions finest with country living,
Viticulture is a way of life here and has been for some time. Many people working in the vineyards live on their property while others choose to commute in from regional hubs like Cessnock, Maitland and Newcastle. Although heavily relying on the cellar doors, local tourism has evolved to include health retreats, fine dining, boutique stores, golf courses, hot air ballooning, scenic flights and a zoo. And taking pride of place among it all is Hunter Valley Gardens, an English-style manicured garden that hosts annual events like the ever-popular Christmas Lights Spectacular.
The towns within this region – Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke, Mount View and Rothbury – play to their country charm and are well-serviced by the larger townships nearby. And as more and more people realise the benefits of living in such a beautiful area, Hunter Valley is set to see further growth, but nothing that will takeaway from all that has made this region great in the first place.
Schools within Cessnock and Maitland service the Hunter Valley.
Buses service the area
Hunter Valley Zoo
Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Wine Country Markets
Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival
Balloon Aloft Fiesta
Opera in the Vineyards
Jazz in the Vineyards
Christmas Lights Spectacular
Winery Running Festival
Snow Time in the Garden