Looking for a relaxing getaway from your busy work week? Holidaying in Sydney and out of ideas what else you can do? The Hunter Valley is only a 2-hour drive from Sydney. There are many different accommodation options, from basic lodges to more luxurious residences. Overall, I would say, that it is good to plan ahead in order to find a nice place to stay and to book restaurants in advance as well in order to avoid waiting in line for a table or not getting the table with the best view.
Wake up at:
Peppers Creek Residence (if you are looking for that little bit more, quaint setting in Pokolbin, secluded feel to it), Hermitage Lodge (idyllic and nice accommodation, in Pokolbin), Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (Resort Style, good value for money, in Lovedale), Tonic Hotel (if you are looking for a secluded place to relax, simple and modern, in Lovedale) all these accommodations are quite pricey, if you want to stay on a smaller budget you have to go with a basic lodge room.
Amanda’s on the Edge (very charming restaurant in the middle of the vineyards, great food and wine, the staff make you feel very welcome and are extremely friendly, book ahead in order to get a table at the window), EXP.restaurant (if you are looking for that extra dinner experience then you should try their 5 or 8 course menu), Cafe Enzo (very cozy and casual country style cafe – loved this place and it actually was my favourite one, had breakfast and lunch there, amazing breakfast with lots of savoury and sweet choices (beautiful seasonal fruit bowl with muesli, vanilla yogurt and toasted banana bread… yum!), very good coffee and chai latte, great lunch options, overall a lovely place to hang out and chill.
Wine tasting and other things to do:
All the wineries are centrally located in the same area you can easily drive from winery to winery or even walk or bike if the weather allows it. Most of them offer free wine tastings. Drive up to Audrey Wilkinson Winery, where you will have a great view over the beautiful vineyards. Enjoy a wine tasting or have a look at their winemaking museum.
Stop by at Roche Estate, here you can have a bite or just enjoy a glass of wine outside with a nice view. For all cheese lovers out there I suggest a visit at the Smelly Cheese Shop, where you will find a great selection of cheese from all over the world. You can also buy a tasty cheese platter and bread for a nice picnic wherever you want.
If you’ve had enough of all the wineries you might visit the Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village and stroll around the small shopping village. It is quite a touristy place but there are a few very cute shops with present ideas and specialities from the local area.
View from the Audrey Wilkinson winery