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Hunter Valley Getaways Australia

Planning a midweek or weekend getaway to the Hunter Valley in NSW? Are you or your family celebrating a special milestone or are you longing for a break from the busyness of life?

Just a 2-hour drive from Sydney is the Hunter Valley, one of Sydney’s most popular getaway destinations for wine connoisseurs, foodies and a very popular family-friendly destination.

(Editor Update 2021)

Hunter Valley wine region
Hunter Valley wine region – Image by Alex Olzheim from Pixabay 

If you enjoy wine the Hunter Valley Wine Country has over 150 cellar doors and is well known for its Semillon wine. You will be spoilt for choice when visiting Australia’s premier food and wine destination.  The region offers the visitor outstanding beauty and breathtaking country views.  There is nothing more relaxing than getting away from the busyness of the city and waking up to the sounds of the bellbirds or watch kangaroos grazing in the early morning light.

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We would recommend that you phone ahead for accommodation, restaurant bookings and check the opening hours for the Cellar Doors and attractions that we have included in our article for your Hunter Valley vacation.

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Best Time To Visit the Hunter Valley

Spring (September, October, November)  – see the new green shoots on the vines. The country gardens are in bloom.

Summer (December, January and February) – the vines are heavy with grapes.  January is harvest time in the Hunter.

Autumn (March, April, May) – the winemakers are blending their wines.

Winter  (June, July, August) – the vines are barren, it is a good time for tasting reds and enjoying hearty meals beside an open fire.

The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival is held during June. Check out the full details here.

Where To Stay in the Hunter Valley

Hotels in the Hunter Valley

To Travel Too Top Tip: Check with the accommodation for ‘romantic Hunter Valley packages’ and ‘Hunter Valley weekend deals”.


Crowne Plaza Hotel Hunter Valley at 430 Wine Country Drive Lovedale

King Deluxe Bedroom at the Crowne Plaza
King Deluxe Bedroom at the Crowne Plaza – image courtesy of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Deluxe accommodation in deluxe rooms, resort suites and villas just perfect for romantic getaways and family holidays. Visit their Ubika Day Spa for a relaxing spa treatment after a day of sightseeing and wine tasting.

Dining options are available at the:

Facilities include an adults-only pool, golf and the Water Dragons Kid Club.


Potters at Wine Country Drive in Nulkaba have 68 rooms, villas and suites available.

Their Bar and Brasserie open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Facilities include:

  • State of the art gaming facility and TAB
  • Micro Brewery – the Hunter Beer Company available for tastings and tours
  • For children: Outdoor children’s playground
  • Day/night tennis court
  • Heated outdoor spa
  • Two swimming pools
  • Boules court
  • Courtesy bus
  • Live entertainment
  • Heritage-listed beehive kilns

Click here for travellers recent photographs and reviews in Tripadvisor as well as the latest deals



The Hunter Valley Resort at Hermitage Road, Pokolbin

Hunter Valley ResortThe Hunter Valley Resort is suitable for couples, families, solo travellers and groups.

We enjoyed our 2 night midweek stay.  We can also highly recommend the two tours that the resort offers which are complimentary for staying guests. Bookings are essential.

Wine Tasting at Hunter Valley Resort
Wine tasting at the Hunter Valley Resort
  1.  Wine Theatre – 2 sessions daily at 10 am and 3 pm.  The tour commences with a 30-minute video followed by wine tastings.
  2. Guided Vine Experience daily at 9 am followed by wine tastings.

The Matilda Bay Brewhouse is located at the resort.  There are selections of 12 beers on tap as well as a stout and a local cider.  You must try their beer tasting paddles.

Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 7.30 am to 10.30 am.  Dinner is available daily from 6 pm with last orders at 8 pm. Bookings are essential.

Facilities: Swimming pool, tennis court, games room, massage centre, adventure centre, electric bikes, bushwalking trails, horseriding tours, Segway tours and a guest library.



Chateau Elan, Vintage Drive in Pokolbin

Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan – photo courtesy of Chateau Elan

The award-winning 5-star Chateau Elan is a luxury resort with 100 luxurious appointed rooms and a 17 room spa. The private villas have breathtaking views over the countryside and have either balconies or terraces.  The 5 Spa villas in the main building offer complete privacy with their own secluded courtyards.

Chateau Elan -1 bedroom villa
1 Bedroom Villa at Chateau Elan

Facilities include:

Golf course at the Chateau Elan
Play a round of golf or two at Chateau Elan
  • 18 hole Greg Norman-designed golf course
  • Swimming pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Tennis courts
  • Hair and beauty salon
  • Views over the golf course
  • Legends Grill Restaurant
  • 19th hole golf course bar – Spike Bar

Estate Tuscany at Broke Road Pokolbin

A boutique 4-star hotel that offers 26 Olive Grove Rooms and 12 Vineyard View Rooms.

Facilities include:

  • Inground swimming pool
  • Helipad
  • Cellar door
  • Breakfast room

The Mill Restaurant (click here for the latest reviews and photographs)

Brokenback Bar
Brokenback Bar

Brokenback Bar at the Estate Tuscany opens 7 days from 12 pm till late.

Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation Hunter Valley2090 Broke Road Pokolbin

Harrigans Studio Accommodation
Harrigan’s Irish Pub and studio accommodation – photo courtesy of Harrigans

Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation Hunter Valley has a range of accommodation to suit solo travellers, couples and families:

  • Studio Rooms
  • Executive Rooms
  • Deluxe Suites
  • Premier Suites
  • 2 bedroom apartment
  • 3 bedroom apartment

Facilities at Harrigan’s include:

  • Burger Bar
  • Bistro
  • Sports Bar
  • Bottle Shop
  • VIP Lounge
  • Outdoor swimming pool for hotel guests

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens – Cnr. Broke and McDonald’s Road Pokolbin

Mercure Resort Bedroom
Mercure Resort Bedroom – image supplied by Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens

The Mercure Resort is a 4.5-star hotel that offers 72 studio, superior, deluxe and suite rooms with either a private balcony or courtyard overlooking the gardens and the Hunter Valley. The Mercure Resort Suites offer guests a spa bath and a lounge area with a fireplace for that special romantic getaway.

Facilities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Elements – the Signature Restaurant of Mercure Resort with a menu inspired by the flavours of France and Italy


The Convent at 88 Halls Road, Pokolbin

The Convent Hunter Valley
The Convent Hunter Valley image supplied by The Convent Hunter Valley
Bedrooms at the Convent
Bedroom 11 at the Convent – image supplied by The Convent Hunter Valley

The Convent has 19 luxuriously appointed deluxe and superior bedrooms, a Premier Bedroom and a Garden Suite ideal for families and small groups.

Bedroom 5 The Convent Hunter Valley
Bedroom 5 The Convent Hunter Valley – image supplied by The Convent Hunter Valley

Enjoy breakfast in Restaurant 88, dinner at Restaurant Circa 1876 and afternoon and high teas from Friday to Sunday.



Cessnock Motel at 13 Allandale Road Cessnock

20 ground floor units with ensuite bathrooms, reverse cycle airconditioning, Foxtel, swimming pool and bbq area.

Hotel Cessnock at the Junction of Wollombi Road and Vincent Street, 234 Wollombi Road, Cessnock

Accommodation, Restaurant and Outdoor dining facilities are available.

Self Contained Accommodation in the Hunter Valley

Broke Fordwich

Barefoot at Broke at 596 Milbrodale Road Broke Fordwich

Barefoot at Broke Accommodation
Barefoot at Broke accommodation – photo courtesy of Barefoot at Broke

Nestled at the foot of the Yengo Mountain Range Barefoot at Broke offers accommodation for up to 6 people on 23 acres with stunning mountain and bush views.

Accommodation includes:

  • The main bedroom with ensuite on one wing
  • Two further bedrooms on the other wing
  • A large gourmet chefs kitchen
  • Open plan living
  • Outdoor entertaining deck
  • Gas BBQ
  • Free wifi
  • Dog friendly

Nightingale Villas at 1239 Milbrodale Road Broke

There are 6 x 64 m2 luxury villas situated on 60 acres with:

    • Self-contained kitchens
    • Wifi available
    • BBQ facilities
    • Continental breakfast
    • On-site restaurant
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair access

For the latest traveller reviews and photos in Tripadvisor click here

Cedar Creek

Cedar Creek Vineyard Cottages at 1840 Wollombi Road Cedar Creek.

There are 4 self-contained 1 bedroom cottages and 3 self-contained 2 bedroom cottages with views over the vineyards. Accommodation includes:

  • A Breakfast hamper of bacon, eggs, tomatoes, bread, cereal, freshly squeezed orange juice, Tea/coffee
  • Spa bath
  • Woodfire
  • Verandah with vineyard and valley views
  • Internet access
  • BBQ
  • Kitchen
  • In house massage available
  • 20% off at cellar door
  • Late midday check-out

For the latest traveller reviews and photos from travellers of Cedar Creek Vineyard Cottages in Tripadvisor click here.


Adina Vineyard at 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale

3 x 3 bedroom self-contained villas overlooking the vineyards. Facilities include:

  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Outdoor settings
  • BBQ’s
  • Gas log fires
  • A swimming pool.

For the latest reviews and photos from travellers of the Adina Vineyard Accommodation in Tripadvisor click here