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The Hunter Region

The Hunter Valley is an area that’s famous for its inspiring wilderness and world class wines and vineyards. No matter what your taste in getaways you’re bound to find something to savour, just two hours from Sydney.

At the mouth of the Hunter River, the port of Newcastle, founded in 1804 as a penal colony for exporting lime and coal, is today the world’s largest coal exporter and Australia’s biggest port. Visitors and locals alike are fascinated by the spectacle of boats and ships from around the world passing just metres from where you can relax with a coffee or a drink.

Close by, at Newcastle which showcases fine examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture, and a sense of history greets you at every turn.

The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest winemaking region. From humble beginnings in 1825, the Hunter Valley is now home to over 80 wineries and cellar doors. In recent years, excellent vintages have been produced from more than 20 varieties of grapes.

Hunter Region NSW

From one end of the Valley to the other, you’ll find sensational local produce, great live music and fantastic food ­ an irresistible combination! Wander through an art gallery, tour a working winery, indulge in fine dining, take a horse and carriage ride. Or perhaps you’d prefer something more adventurous like hot air ballooning or skydiving.

Clustered around the vineyards are charming villages and towns, each with a special appeal of its own. Features include heritage buildings, gift centres that deserve hours of browsing and stylishly restored Australian pubs, as well as markets, concert spectaculars and festivals held throughout the year.

Image Wollombi Hunter Region. Credit Anson Smart Tourism NSW

Hunter Valley Tours


The Legendary Pacific Coast

The new “Culture and Heritage Trail” highlights 30 key locations from the Central Coast to Northern Rivers embracing dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries, historic sites and interactive art studios.

From dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries and historic sites, the diversity of experiences truly offers something for everyone.

Trial Bay GaolBeginning on the beautiful Central Coast with galleries and museums. The superb natural environs of the Mid North Coast are rich with public art, annual festivals, historic features, local creations and hidden gems.

The trails also focus on directing visitors to some of the smaller towns along the route that have been bypassed with the ongoing upgrading of the Pacific Highway. They retain their character and interest and remain very much a part of the rich tapestry of this great drive

There are plenty of stops and side-trips along the way – historic sites to meander, funky art galleries to browse, craft workshops where you can get your hands dirty and dynamic performances to experience.

Experience the dramatic history of Trial Bay Gaol and admire the incredible local talent at the many galleries and studios of the Byron Shire.

There’s always something new to explore – come and discover The Legendary Pacific Coast Culture and Heritage Trail – an experience that is never the same twice.

Some highlights are

  • Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum
  • Pacific Coast NSWNewcastle Museum
  • Newcastle Forte
  • Wineries of the Hunter Valley
  • The Australian Woodwork Gallery
  • Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Trial Bay Gaol
  • The Old Butter Factory
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