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A Family Adventure in the Hunter Valley

When people think Wine Country they think just that, wine. But did you know Hunter Valley is also breaming with fun-filled family adventure? Here are Hermitage Lodge‘s top picks to wow the whole family.

  1. Hunter Valley Gardens: Begin your family escapade with a visit to the Hunter Valley Gardens. Spanning over 60 acres, this enchanting garden features ten stunning themed gardens, each offering a unique and immersive experience. Kids will delight in the Storybook Garden, where they can encounter their favorite characters, while the Sunken Garden and Rose Garden provide serene beauty for the adults. Plus, Hunter Valley Gardens offer the gold standard in season family friendly events including Christmas Lights Spectacular, Snow Time in the Gardens and Mega Creatures. Did we mention they also have a Ferris Wheel?!
  2. Wildlife Encounters: The Hunter Valley is home to several wildlife parks and sanctuaries where your family can get up close and personal with native Australian animals. Visit the Hunter Valley Zoo to hand-feed kangaroos, meet cuddly koalas, and witness fascinating wildlife presentations. For a more immersive experience, head to the Australian Reptile Park, just a short drive from the Hunter Valley, to see venomous snakes, crocodiles, and other reptiles. Kids will also love the park’s hands-on exhibits and daily animal shows.
  3. Aqua Golf and Putt Putt: Take a swing at the Hunter Valley Aqua Golf, a unique family activity combining golf and fun water games. This aquatic driving range offers both excitement and relaxation. Grab a club, aim for floating targets in the water, and watch as your golf ball splashes down. It’s a great way to introduce kids to golf while enjoying a refreshing and entertaining experience. Located right next door to Hunter Valley Gardens.
  4. Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Carriage Tours: Embark on a scenic horse riding adventure through the picturesque landscapes of the Hunter Valley. Several reputable equestrian centers offer guided horse rides suitable for all skill levels. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of vineyards, rolling hills, and bushland as you and your family trot along peaceful trails. Alternatively, you can opt for a charming carriage ride, perfect for a relaxed exploration of the region’s stunning scenery. Check out Hunter Valley Horses or Hunter Valley Classic Carriages.
  5. Hot Air Ballooning: For a truly magical experience, take to the skies with an incredible hot air balloon ride. Floating gently above the vineyards and countryside at sunrise, your family will be treated to breathtaking views that will create lasting memories. The experienced pilots provide an educational and entertaining experience as they navigate the hot air balloon. This adventure will captivate both young and old, making it a highlight of your trip. See Balloon Aloft or Hunter Valley Ballooning.

Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready for an unforgettable family adventure in the captivating Hunter Valley! Find your accommodation of choice and Book Now. 

Header image credit: Hunter Valley Gardens