Updated: Jul 23
The Hunter Valley, around 2 hours drive north of Sydney, is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions. Known for production of Semillon and Shiraz, the region has been producing some of Australia’s best and most well known wines for centuries. An easy weekend getaway for Sydneysiders, lose yourself in the vast amount of wineries open for visitors, sample local cheeses and produce, or simply kick back at your idyllic escape at one of our favourite hotels below.
What Hunter Valley experience would be complete without a winery tour? We recommend Two Fat Blokes for your tour - tried and tested by our staff, the blokes offer group winery trips visiting 3 wineries, right up to private charters where you choose where to go (or you can just leave it up to the experts!)
Hot Air Ballooning is a great way to see the great expanses of the Valley - from above, the valley unfurls in a patchwork of fields and rolling, mist-cloaked hills studded with eucalyptus trees. Balloon Aloft provides a great hands-on experience, up to an experience where all you need to do is go!
Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley in Pokolbin, this recently revitalised 5 star property offers modern elegance where you’ll feel a sense of relaxed luxury as soon as you enter.
Kick back in the gardens with a glass of wine, grab one of the complimentary bicycles to explore the area (just not after a few wines), or take part in one of the helicopter rides offered by the property.
This quaint property hosts 45 guestrooms, of which we recommend the Garden Suite for a bit of extra space. If you’re travelling with the family, then we’d recommend the combined Dual King / King Deluxe rooms, which have the ability to interconnect.
The on-site Eremo Restaurant offers a contemporary Italian menu, coupled with matching local wines. The private dining room is able to be booked for groups of up to 14.
Tonic Tonic is a place of uninterrupted relaxation and style. Quietly nestled into the vineyards of the Hunter, this chic hotel oozes luxury at every turn. Crisp white linen, indulgent bathrooms with heated flooring, polished concrete floors, fun colour schemes and contemporary decor. Tonic specialises in a “hands-off” approach - there is no formal check-in, call if you need something, but other than that you’re left on your own.
Tonic features 8 secluded guest rooms, six of which rooms have king size beds and en suites offering huge showers, deep baths and double sinks, as well as one 2 bedroom apartment with all of the above plus full kitchen, lounge and dining area with a fireplace. A huge balcony looks over the stunning vineyard vista.
Dining at Tonic is a low key affair - your in room fridge will be stocked before you check in with local delicacies, as well as offering a full kitchen and BBQ for your usage. Further to this, the owners of Tonic are only a call away to assist with reservations at any of the Hunter’s finest restaurants.
Boathouse Leaves and Fishes The perfect Hunter Valley accommodation for a private couples retreat, the villas are a relaxed, secluded, indulgent retreat from day-to-day life. Situated in Lovedale, you’ll be amazed as soon as you arrive on property. Stop in at the store for a selection of local produce, homewares, fashion and furniture, before unwinding in your converted boathouse villa.
The property features four unique, stylish, private boat houses that are perfect for couples enjoying a weekend away in wine country. Each villa is appointed with quality linen, solid wooden furniture and free-standing bathtubs. The expansive surroundings viewable from your villa easily whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Leaves and Fishes restaurant focuses on seafood with an Asian twist. The restaurant offers a great variety of dishes set to great views of the surrounding vineyards. Try the crisp skinned ocean trout - it’s delicious!
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