Get Inspired / Sydney / Regional New South Wales Hunter Valley Self Drive, Australia Sydney Seaplanes Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Sydney / Regional New South Wales Hunter Valley Self Drive, Australia story by: Inspire Sydney & Surrounds So close to Sydney yet truly a world away, the Hunter is the birthplace of Australian wine. Here you’ll find world-class Semillon, Shiraz and generations of family winemakers that are here to tell the tale. Add to this an array of activities, such as hot air ballooning, wine tasting tours, gardens, cooking schools and multi award winning dining experiences. Day 1: Sydney – Hunter Valley Travel the scenic route via Wollombi Village to the Hunter Valley. Frist stop, Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre in Pokolbin where you can pick up a visitor guide and maps. Then you’ll be set to visit a number of local food producers to sample fresh handmade cheeses, olives, jams, pickles or honey. Before you check into your accommodation, take time to stop into a winder/cellar door and enjoy your first Hunter Valley Semillon or Shiraz, buy a bottle or two to take back to your hotel to enjoy. The Hunter boasts over 60 restaurants and eateries and has fast established itself as one of Australia’s outstanding culinary destinations – a fine dining experience is a must while you’re here! Day 2: Hunter Valley Start the day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the vineyards, a great way to get a real feel of the lay of the land. Then it is time to get amongst the vines on a vineyard tour to discover what winemaking is all about and learn the processes involved in getting the fruit from the vine to the table! Then it’s time to put this new-found wine knowledge to the test with a visit to some local cellar doors to find your favourite drop. There’s also lots of boutique shopping villages in the Hunter where you can pick up local produce. From degustation menus and romantic dining to tapas and casual pub meals, it’s all on offer. So enjoy some local produce paired with some fantastic local wine. Day 3: Hunter Valley – Sydney If you’re a golfer you might want to tee off at the 18 hole Greg Norman designed Vintage Golf Course, or pamper yourself at one of the relaxing day spas. Before heading back to the city a stop at the Hunter Valley Gardens is well worth it. Spanning over 60 acres there are ten stunning feature gardens. Highlights worth seeing along the way HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE SHOP – Stop in for the cheese talk and a taste before choosing your favourites to take back to your hotel for your evening snack. BARRINGTON TOPS NATIONAL PARK – Surrounding the vineyards is this beautiful, subtropical rainforest with some great walking trails. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Get off grid in New South Wales Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Sydney's ultimate what’s hot dining list Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.