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Things to do in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is a magical place with so many great activities to choose from. Here are five amazing things to do in the Hunter Valley.

  1. Tour the vineyards
  2. Go for a hot air balloon ride
  3. Visit the gardens
  4. Take a helicopter ride
  5. Theatre in the vines

Tour the vineyards

Hunter Valley grapevines

The Hunter Valley is not only Australia’s oldest wine region; it also has more cellar doors than any other wine region in the country. With more than 140 to choose from, your biggest challenge will be deciding which ones to visit. Here are some of our favourite Hunter Valley vineyards and cellar door experiences.

Or, if you prefer a more organised approach, there are lots of amazing Hunter Valley wine tours on offer. Here are some of our favourite tours.


Go for a hot air balloon ride

Things to do in the Hunter Valley

There are not many places in Australia where you can enjoy breathtaking sunrise views from the vantage of a hot air balloon, but you can with Balloon Aloft in the Hunter Valley. Take in the rolling vineyards and rugged mountain ranges while you soar like an eagle in a private hot air balloon. It’s such a peaceful way to enjoy the natural beauty of the valley, and this once-in-a-lifetime experience will leave you daydreaming about it for years to come. Find out more.


Visit the gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens are of a scale that might surprise you with eight kilometres of walking paths winding through 14 hectares of gardens. You’ll discover waterfalls, statues, murals and more as you explore your way around the ten individually themed gardens, including a Storybook Garden. And if you visit the Hunter Valley Gardens from 27 March to 25 April, treat yourself to Mega Creatures Night Safari, where you can watch your favourite dinosaurs, dragons and creepy crawlies come to life as they light up the Gardens as the sun sets. Find out more.


Take a Helicopter ride

Hunter Valley Helicopter ride

Take to the skies with a private helicopter tour and enjoy the glorious views of the Hunter Valley and beyond. Look across the enormous Great Dividing Range and gain a whole new perspective on this beautiful part of the world. Find out more.


Theatre in the vines

Theatre in the vines

Shakespeare in the vines will be a show to remember. Set amongst the vines at the Wine House Hunter Valley, picnic in style with a glass of wine and snacks as you watch Essential Theatre perform the ultimate love story, Romeo & Juliet. Pencil it in your diary: Saturday 10 April 2021, 1pm – 8pm and book your tickets here to avoid disappointment.


Where to stay

If you’re searching for Hunter Valley accommodation, Pokolbin is right in the heart of the wine-growing region.

Hermitage Lodge – Immerse yourself in the heart of the Hunter Valley

Hermitage Lodge is a boutique hotel nestled amongst the vines of a tranquil 20-hectare property. Choose from twenty rooms and seven different room types. Why not make it even more special with our ‘Romantic Escape’package.

609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin
Info and reservations: Ph +61 2 4998 7639


Where to eat

Il Cacciatore, Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning restaurant

Treat your tastebuds to delicious Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Il Cacciatore delivers authentic, Italian food made from fresh local ingredients in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. It’s no surprise it’s a popular choice of Hunter Valley locals and visitors alike. Open for dinner seven nights from 6 pm; Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm and takeaway, pick up only.

Restaurant Reservations: +61 2 4998 7639
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