One of the best experiences I’ve had in Australia was being able to visit their Wine Region in New South Wales. Known as Hunter Valley, this region boasts hectares upon hectares of vineyards, producing some of the best wines exported around the world.
It’s quite a long journey to the valley if you’re coming from the CBD or the Sydney suburbs. It was a three-hour trip for us by car and might take a bit longer if you take it by rail. In my previous posts, we travelled westward from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. This time, we headed north of Sydney.
As soon as we were out of the metropolitan area and through the Pacific Motorway, we already got a feel of the Aussie countryside. The lush greenery, the open road, and cool breeze just make you savour the moment. This is what makes travelling such a fulfilling experience.
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After a few hours of driving, the vineyards slowly started to rise from the horizon. That’s when we knew we’re in Hunter Valley. And the gateway to this beautiful region is the city of Cessnock. It’s the first stop we made before exploring the rest of the region.
The Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre along Wine Country Drive is the most helpful place you want to go to especially if you’re like us, who had no idea where to go. The tourist centre has everything you need: maps (free!), crates of wine, local specialties, vineyard histories, souvenirs, and more wine!
Because the region is quite vast- and you don’t want to get lost, the map is the handiest thing to bring (Not the wine! Save that for later!)
So we’ve picked our places and these were: Lindeman’s, McGuigan, Hunter Valley Chocolates, Hunter Valley Cheese, and Hunter Valley Gardens.
Watch out for my next posts on these amazing places! And I’ll tell you which vineyard had the best champagne!
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455 Wine Country Drive Pokolbin, NSW 2320