Backpacking the Hunter Valley

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    VISIT ONE OF THE MANY EXCELLENT WINERIES: Photo - Mike Newling, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    TAKE A HORSE RIDE THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE: Photo - Grenville Turner, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    SEE SOME AMAZING VIEWS, LIKE FROM CARSONS LOOKOUT ON THUNDERBOLT WAY: Photo - Hamilton Lund, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Hunter Valley Highlights

  • Explore more than 100 wineries and cellar doors.

  • Go hot air ballooning, skydiving or take a joyflight in a vintage plane over the beautiful landscapes of the Hunter Valley.

  • Take a horse ride through the picturesque countryside.

  • Visit one of the national parks in the region, which are good places to do some bushwalking (hiking), or head to one of the lookouts to see some breathtaking views.

About the Hunter Valley

Only two hours drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley Wine Country is one of the most popular wine regions in Australia. There are more than a hundred wineries and cellar doors here, many of which you can visit and sample their excellent wines.

Local Communities & Townships

The region is made up of a number of small townships and regions including:


This is the commercial centre of the Wine Country. Here you will find essential services, many shops, eating places, accommodation, cafes and pubs.

Broke Fordwich

Located at the foothills of the Brokenback Range, Broke Fordwich is home to boutique wineries and good country accommodation. Great wines, fine restaurants and local produce make a visit to this area worthwhile.

Lovedale/North Rothbury

This area is has a good selection of boutique wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and unique galleries.


Pokolbin/Rothbury is where you will find the largest collection of wineries, accommodation options and restaurants.

Mount View

This is one of the most scenic parts of the Hunter, with some amazing views from Mount View Road. The area has award-winning boutique cellar doors, wineries and accommodation.

Wollombi Valley / Millfield

You can view many old convict structures and ancient Aboriginal sites in the scenic Wollombi Valley and the historic Wollombi Village. The Village is well-known for its heritage, colonial architecture and is the gateway to the Convict Trail, national parks, wineries and museums.


These small villages showcase historic architecture, arts and crafts stores and Dalwood is also the site of the Hunter Valley's first grapevines.

Kurri Kurri

Kurri Kurri is rich in heritage and features a railway museum, grand old pubs and the famous 'Town Murals Project'.

Singleton / Upper Hunter

This sub-region offers horse studs and natural wonders - including Lake St Clair - and of course boutique wineries. Singleton itself has all the services and facilities of a typical country town.

Orientation Map for the Hunter Valley

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Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitors Centre

455 Wine Country Drive
Pokolbin, New South Wales
Phone (02) 4990 0900