How long does it take to walk around the Hunter Valley Gardens?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/29/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Appreciate the peacefulness you experience as you walk through Hunter Valley Gardens.

Hunter Valley Gardens

Set off on a two-hour drive from Sydney to arrive at Hunter Valley Gardens, tucked away within all the vineyards. Hunter Valley is best known as one of Australia’s most popular wine regions, producing excellent semillon wine.

To get the best experience out of your time at Hunter Valley Gardens, we recommend you walk around for three to four hours. If it’s expected to be a hot day, you can go earlier or spend around two hours walking to avoid spending too much time in the sun.

Hunter Valley Gardens has a lot you can do and see during the day with family friendly events throughout the year.

See the different themed gardens

There are 10 individually themed gardens that you can see. The gardens include native and exotic varieties of plants from around the world.

Lakes Walk garden brings on something new throughout all the different seasons of the year.

Italian Grotto is a beautiful Italian-style garden with bright colours. There are even edible plants like olive trees, lavender, and lemon.

Storybook Garden is a unique style garden with your favourite childhood nursery rhyme characters. From Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland, Jack and Jill, and much more. Which characters do you remember?

Hunter Valley Gardens, NSW

Visit the Gardens during the Christmas Lights Spectacular

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is the most popular event held at Hunter Valley Gardens. Between November to January every year, the Gardens light up with over four million lights!
Since it is Christmas lights, the event opens at 5:30 PM each night so you can see the different bright colours shine.

The event includes fun rides for the kids, entertainment, and of course food and drinks.

Experience Snow Time in the Garden

Each year during winter, the Gardens have Snow Time in the Garden, an opportunity to experience snow. You can play in the snow and make a snow angel, go ice toboggan, try out ice skating, or walk through the snow cave.

There are also amusement rides and food and drinks available to buy.

Go shopping

Check out the collection of shops at the Shopping Village that sells a range of fashion, gifts, jewellery, and more. Byvonne sells a collection of handmade products including art, candles, and jewellery. Daisy Lane Gifts has everything you can imagine when you’re in need of a gift from diffusers, wine glasses, candles, and more.

Enjoy a delicious meal

Hunter Valley has a selection of restaurants for you to enjoy a tasty meal for lunch or dinner. Restaurants provide amazing fresh and vibrant dishes for you to taste. You can try your luck and walk in or book ahead to avoid missing out.

Taste some local wine

Right by Hunter Valley Gardens are McGuigan Wines and Brokenwood Wines. Both wineries offer wine tasting experiences for you to taste some local wines, including semillon.

To visit the Hunter Valley Gardens to see the unique themed gardens or events, you will need to buy an entry ticket. You can easily book a ticket online and select which date suits you.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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