The Hunter Valley Visitor Information
The Hunter Valley
Forming part of the coastline of the Tasman Sea, the Hunter Valley is one of the largest river valleys in the state of New South Wales. This region, which is less commonly known as Hunter Region, is located some 120 kilometres north of the metropolitan city of Sydney, the state capital. It takes its name from one of its most important water source, the Hunter River.
Hunter Valley's estimated population of 645,395 people have taken residence in its 11 Local Government Areas: Cessnock City Council, Dungog Shire, Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland City Council, Muswellbrook Shire, Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Council, Singleton Shire, and Upper Hunter Shire. Localities that surround the region are Central Coast, Central West, Mid North Coast, New England, North West Slopes, and (of course) the Tasman Sea.
With an estimated 2.5 million annual visitors, tourism is a thriving industry in Hunter Valley (in fact, it is the sixth most popular tourist destination in all of Australia). This is largely because of the many things about the region that attracts people to it:
The Hunter Valley Wine: Hunter Valley is better known for the wine the region produces. In fact, it is one of the first wine regions planted in the early 19th century. Over the years, wine making has become a well-established industry in the region. Some of Hunter Valley's best wineries are Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard, Bimbadgen Estate, Drayton's Family Wines, Gosforth Estate, Hermitage Road Cellars at Hunter Resort, Lindemans Ben Ean, McGuigan Cellars, McWilliams Mount Pleasant Estate, Pepper Tree Wines, Pokolbin Estate, Reg Drayton Wines, RothburyEstate, Tower Estate Wines, Tyrell's Vineyards, and Wyndham Estate.
Tours and Activities: Residents and visitors alike who would like to take part in local tours and activities will have much to look forward to in Hunter Valley. Some of the best recommendations include the Full Day Winery and Vineyard Tour, the Hunter Valley Gardens, the Hunter Valley Luncheon Heli Tour, the Hunter Valley Scenic Wine Tasting Tour, the Hunter Valley Vintage Winetasters, the Hunter Valley Wine Tasting, and the Sunrise Champagne Flight Over the Hunter Valley.
Popular Events: People who delight in joyous merry-making will certainly have much to enjoy in Hunter Valley. Some of the region's best local annual events are the Hunter Valley Harvest Festival (March and April), the Lovedale Long Lunch (May), the Good Weekend Opera in the Vineyards (October), and Jazz in the Vines at Tyrrell's Vineyard (October).
Parks and Reserves: Nature lovers will never walk away from Hunter Valley disappointed thanks to its numerous "green locations". Some samples of the region's national parks and nature reserves include Barrington Tops National Park, Black Bulga State Conservation Area, Chichester State Forest, Goulburn River National Park, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Karuah Nature Reserve, Mount Royal National Park, Myall Lakes National Park, Myall River State Forest, Polkolbin State Forest, Putty State Forest, Running Creek Nature Reserve, The Glen Nature Reserve, Watagans National Park, and Werakata National Park.