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Hunter Valley Self Drive, Australia

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Hunter Valley Self Drive, Australia

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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.

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