Experience the Hunter Valley Gardens

Take a trip two hours outside of Sydney, and you’ll find yourself in wine country. The Hunter Valley region boasts stunning scenery and tasteful vineyards that have long been the main focal point for tourists who make their way here for an escape from the bustling metropolis of Sydney. But stay an extra day in this region to visit the green grassy fields of Pokolbin and delight in the wonderous experiences you’ll discover at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Open seven days a week, this garden features 16 hectares of open space with 10 themed gardens that showcases both native and exotic plants from around the world, paying tribute to traditional types of gardens found in Italy, China, Japan, and France to name a few.

Hunter Valley Gardens

What to do there

Step into a world of wonders as you pass through each of the gardens on display. The Storybook Garden is beloved by those of all ages as fairy-tales come to life before your eyes in the form of Humpty Dumpty and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The fragrant Rose Garden is sure to wow visitors with its vibrant display of deep red and pretty pink roses. The scents of the Italian Grotto will draw you to its garden ripe with trees of lemons and oranges while the Formal Garden will have you reminiscent of European castle grounds with its manicured setting and illustrious statues. You can even take the garden train which passes through all 10 gardens while you sit back, relax and enjoy the captivating views.

How to get there

From Sydney, it’s a breezy 2-hour drive with amazing scenery through Cessnock until you reach Pokolbin. If you’re staying in the Hunter Valley and are coming straight from the airport, it’s about a 50-minute drive from Newcastle Airport.

Nearby accommodation

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens is the perfect retreat for a romantic getaway. While it can get quite pricey, the prominent location in which the hotel is situated is as central as it gets. Just metres away is the village shops, gardens, and restaurants.

Harrington’s Irish Pub & Accommodation is also located right next to the gardens and is a cosy, traditional hotel that you’d expect of the dreamy Hunter Valley. It’s perfect for families because of its spacious design and has its very own pub attached to it.

Local Eateries

Harrigan’s Irish Pub is great for a comforting, hearty meal and its cosy fireplace will immerse you in the heritage of the Irish décor. Try their signature dish; a Beef and Guinness Pot Pie, or feast on other favourites such as burgers and steak. With many awards won, this bistro is perfectly located in the Hunter Valley for your laidback go-to meal.

For a superb dining experience head to Muse Kitchen in Pokolbin, run by chef Troy Rhoades- Brown who uses a mix of local ingredients to cook up award winning dishes that are fresh, modern and vibrant. They even have a matching wine list that is the perfect accompaniment to the stylish menu.

Check out our Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Day Tour today!

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