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Hunter

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Hunter is a region in New South Wales directly to the north of Sydney. It is also often referred to as the 'Hunter Valley'.

Cities[edit]

  • 1 Newcastle - largest settlement in the Hunter region, and a former steel industry centre. Beaches and coffee shops.
  • 2 Cessnock
  • 3 Lake Macquarie - coastal community to the south of Newcastle
  • 4 Maitland - a town immediately west of Newcastle
  • 5 Muswellbrook
  • Scone - the "horse capital of Australia"
  • 6 Singleton - a mining town inland from Newcastle

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

The Hunter is a popular region to the north of Sydney that provide rest and relaxation away from the big city. It is famous for both its vineyards and its coastal areas.

The Hunter Valley is well known rest and relaxation destination for weekends away from Sydney. The Hunter Region is one of Australia's most famous wine-growing regions, known for both its red and white wine varieties. It is a good destination for tourists who want a change of scenery from Australia's largest city. The main industries in the Hunter Region are coal mining, agriculture, viticulture and wine making, tourism, horse breeding, electricity production, dairy farming and beef cattle farming.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Newcastle Interchange is about 2.5 hours from Sydney Central station. Outside of central Newcastle, most of the region is difficult to tour without a car.

By plane[edit]

Newcastle has its own domestic airport, with regular flights from other Australian destinations. There are flight connections to Sydney, although the time spent getting to Sydney airport, checking in and flying rarely makes this an attractive option except if you are travelling on another flight.

Get around[edit]

There are suburban train services from Newcastle Interchange up through the Hunter Valley as far as Scone or Dungog. Regional (booked) services run from Sydney and Broadmeadow as far as Scone and Dungog.

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Wineries in the Hunter Valley[edit]

Grape vines in the Hunter Valley

. Tours generally visit multiple destinations in the Hunter Valley region, and hence they are listed here:

The Hunter Valley is a major wine growing region in Australia. Tours of vineyards and wine tasting tours are a huge industry. A number of local operators run tours of wineries:

  • Gone Walkabout Safaris, +61 2 49158515, e-mail: . Gone Walkabout Safaris operate 7 days a week with guaranteed departures every day, picking up participants from their accommodation in Newcastle and Hunter Valley. $60 per person.

In addition, there are several tours that set off from Sydney for day trips or weekend-long visits to the Hunter Valley wineries:

  • Red Carpet Tours, 2 Windsor Road, Willoughby, +61 2 9967 3238, fax: +61 2 9967 3638, e-mail: . Red Carpet Tours run 18 person day tours of Hunter Valley wineries, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Sydney. $155 adults and $135 concessions.
  • Wine Country Tours, +61 2 9484 0477, fax: +61 2 9980 1109, e-mail: . Wine Country Tours offer 8 person wine tours hosted by a winemaker with 25 years experience. The tour includes private cellar inspections, as well as morning tea and lunch. Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Sydney. Cost is $150 per person.

Natural Attractions[edit]

  • Mt Royal National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area

Eat[edit]

Most wineries offer excellent restaurants to go with your wine tasting

Drink[edit]

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