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From fine wine and gourmet food to beautiful accommodation and fabulous events, a Hunter Valley getaway offers a taste of the good life. Australia's most visited wine region is home to more than 150 top-class wineries, vineyards and cellar doors as well as superb restaurants. Enjoy the perfect escape whether you're being pampered in one of the valley's day spas or teeing off from a championship golf course.
All things delicious and fine come together in the Hunter Valley, a three hour drive from Sydney. Whether you’re after a round of golf or a spa day, a rustic long lunch or fine wine tasting experience, the Hunter Valley is primed to satisfy your senses.
Some of Australia’s finest wines are produced in the region, with many of the top labels offering cellar door tasting experiences and vineyard tours. Visitors can cycle between destinations or book a guided tour to ensure they don’t miss any of the various attractions throughout the area. Winery tours can be booked via established companies or directly with each cellar door and offer an insider look into the area’s rich history of viticulture.
The town of Lovedale houses several multi-award winning restaurants featuring some of the best local and seasonal produce from the region. Dine amongst vines and barrels with views across rolling hills. Options range from casual and family friendly to five-star restaurants that cater to all desires and budgets.
Taste and buy exceptional local produce in the Hunter Valley and surrounding towns like Broke, including jams, chutneys and cheeses, olive oil, cured meats and confectionary. Broke also offers a monthly village market, where visitors can buy back-of-the-ute produce, crafts and local wines. In June, Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month is where all of these delicious morsels come together for thirty days of classes, talks, markets, lunch and dinner events, and winery tours.
Other activities available in and around the region include golf, day spas, horse riding, hot air ballooning, historic village visits and more, all of which can be tailored for groups, corporate retreaters and couples.
Singleton is a characteristic town offering plenty of outdoor activities for nature lovers, while Maitland is all about regional art galleries and a historic NSW gaol. The hiking trails and scenic lookouts of Wollombi should not be missed, and the historic shopfronts at the river port town of Morpeth are a tempting stopover. Finally, mid-nineteenth century historic sites and plenty of old country pubs can be found at Paterson, along with the historic Tocal Homestead and Patterson Rail Motor Museum.
To help you get the most out of your stay in the Hunter Valley NSW Region, we have provided you with a list of ideas on local activities and events to keep everyone entertained during your stay at The Convent.
With so much to see, do and discover you may find one trip to the Hunter Valley NSW is not enough.