Things to Do in the Hunter Valley Wine Region

The rolling hills and vintage vineyards of the Hunter Valley make for the perfect day trip if you’re on the hunt for a hearty dose of culture and stunning views. The Valley sprawls out for miles, encompassing cute pockets of civilization, 100-year-old wineries, and plenty of opportunities to try the local gourmet fare.
If you find yourself in the area, here are some of the top things you can get stuck into.

1. Wine Tasting

Wine makes up a big part of the Hunter Valley lifestyle, and it has retained its high status in the wine world for more than a century. Here, you’ll find numerous family-run vineyards that produce local flavours imbued with the distinct charm of the valley.

As well as touring the wineries and learning more about the winemaking process, you can sample some of the delicious flavours at the many cellar doors in the region – most of which promise incredible views across the valley.

2. Explore of two wheels

The Hunter Valley lends itself perfectly to outdoor exploration, and one of the best ways to see everything on offer is to hit the road on two wheels. Cycling is a hugely popular activity here, giving you the chance to whizz from one winery to the next, discovering beautiful scenery as you go.

3. Hit the Skies

If you want more of an adrenalin rush, you can take to the skies in a hot air balloon and explore the valley from a different perspective. Soar high about the patchwork fields and old vineyards, looking out for quaint landmarks from above.

4. Get arty

The Hunter Valley isn’t just known for its wine. In fact, it boasts a rich art scene that can be explored through the numerous galleries and studios that are dotted around. As well as browsing temporary exhibitions, you can visit artist studios and learn more about the skill and inspiration behind their work. This is the perfect cultural accompaniment to a day of wine tasting and exploration.

5. Taste the Local Produce

As well as wine, the Hunter Valley prides itself on its dedication to delicious foods. You’ll find plenty of restaurants and farm shops serving homegrown fare that brings the best flavours of the valley right onto your plate.

The Hunter Valley really is a must-see. Forming one of Australia’s most cultural hotspots, it brings visitors a collection of art, wine, and food set amongst a stunning backdrop.

If you intend to travel in a large group, please consider our Private Hunter Valley Wine Tour.