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Sip, Cycle and More: Finding the Hunter Valley’s Hidden Havens

Welcome to the picturesque Hunter Valley Wine Country, a region renowned for its world-class wineries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culinary scene. You’re staying in the centre of it all at Hermitage Lodge on the corner of McDonalds Rd and Gillards Rd and now it’s time to explore!

While the area is well-known for its popular vineyards and cellar doors, there is a wealth of hidden gems waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers. In this blog, we will take you on a journey off the beaten path, unveiling unique experiences that showcase the lesser-known treasures of the Hunter Valley. Get ready to explore the region’s hidden corners and indulge in unforgettable adventures.

1. Cycle through Vineyard Trails:
Embark on a two-wheeled adventure and discover the beauty of Hunter Valley’s vineyards on a cycling tour. Escape the crowds as you pedal along quiet back roads, passing by rolling hills and verdant vineyards. Visit Hunter Valley Bike Hire for more information.

2. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise:
Experience the Hunter Valley from a whole new perspective by taking to the skies in a hot air balloon at sunrise. As you gently float above the vineyards, witness the golden glow of the rising sun casting its enchanting light on the landscape below. Explore options with Balloon Aloft and Hunter Valley Ballooning. Image credit: Destination NSW

3. Boutique Winery Visits:
While there are renowned wineries aplenty in Hunter Valley, seek out the hidden gems—small, family-owned vineyards and boutique wineries that offer unique and personalized experiences.

Engage in intimate wine tastings at Vinden Wines, John Wallace Wines, Horner Wines, Parched Crow, and Keith Tulloch Wines, just to name a few!

4. Gourmet Food Trails:Hunter Valley’s culinary delights extend beyond its vineyards. Venture off the main roads and uncover the region’s gourmet food trails. Visit Binnorie Dairy for a cheese tasting that is to die for, indulge your senses at Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese, and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company. Or keep it local with a delicious neighbourhood Italian on site at Pescara Restaurant.

5. Nature Walks and Wildlife Encounters:
Escape the vineyards and explore the region’s natural wonders. The greater Hunter Valley boasts scenic bushland, national parks, and wildlife-rich areas. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on nature walks through lush forests. Discover hidden waterfalls, ancient rock formations, and serene picnic spots tucked away in the midst of nature.

6. Art and Culture:
Delve into the region’s artistic and cultural side by visiting the Watershed Art Gallery and exploring the unique creations at the Handmade in the Hunter Markets. Image Credit: Watershed Art Gallery

Hunter Valley Wine Country is more than just a wine lover’s paradise—it’s a destination that holds an array of off the beaten path experiences waiting to be explored. Whether you choose to cycle through vineyard trails, soar above the landscapes in a hot air balloon, or uncover boutique wineries and gourmet delights, the region’s hidden gems are sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. Embrace adventure, seek out the lesser-known treasures, and allow yourself to be captivated by the allure of the Hunter Valley’s offbeat experiences.


All information is gathered from each venues website and is current at the time of posting. These businesses have no affiliation with Hermitage Lodge, but we appreciate what they do! Be sure to reach out to each individually for reservations or any additional details.