When should I go to Hunter Valley?

When should I go to Hunter Valley?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/14/2020

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Find the perfect time to visit this wine wonderland!

Made up of a filigree of picturesque roads, green vineyard patches, and five start restaurants, the Hunter Valley is sheer decadence. Being a hub for the finer things in life, from fine wine, gourmet restaurants, boutique beer, and sensational scenery. But when should you travel to this wine wonderland? We’ve made it a bit easier for you, listed the prime times to visit Hunter Valley depending on your travel tastes!

  • For Pristine Weather

    From March to May, the Hunter Valley region celebrates the Autumn time. It is by is the best season to visit the Valley, with temperatures pleasant and very little rain. It is after the harvest period, with the entire landscape painted in shades of orange, yellow, green and brown. making it a photographer’s delight.

  • For a Cheap Stay

    If you want to go all out on your Hunter Valley holiday, it can cost you an arm and leg during the peak period. Luxurious accommodation, fancy restaurants, and expensive tours can be your only options during the prime periods of the year, with few able to fork out enough cash for a truly pampering journey. Therefore, visiting in the offseason can give you a fantastic trip at half the cost! During the months of June to August, tourists are unlikely to visit the Valley, leading to cheaper flights, hotel prices, and tours.

  • For a Winery Hopping Day

    For a day (or weekend) hopping for one exceptional winery to the next, the summertime is your best bet. Between the months of December to February is the harvest time for vineyards in the Hunter Valley, making it the perfect season to go on wine tours and tastings. Due to this, it is also a vibrant time for activities, with festivals and events cramming the calendar. It is a busy period of the valley, with school holidays and sunny days bringing a herd of travellers to the greenery. Prices typically go up during this season, but it can be worth it for the delicious range of wineries attractions.

  • For a Cosy Weekend

    During the colder months of June, July and August, the Hunter Valley transforms again into a winter wonderland. Fog and mist snake through the valley and fires are lit in every winery and restaurant. The entire Valley tries to warm up, offering spa treatments, winter festivals, and seasonal menus showcasing hearty meals that pair perfectly with robust red wines of the region. Folk can enjoy the crisp cold mornings by trekking through the fresh green bushland, before cosying up by the fireplace and enjoying a day of reading, exploring, and sipping on a delicious drop of wine. This time of travel is perfect for a romantic weekend, as this time is typically quieter, perfect for a dreamy setting amidst the wine region.

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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.