A Guide to Activities and Things to Do in Hunter Valley


Hunter Valley is the perfect day trip destination if you live in Sydney. Australia’s premier wine-growing district, Hunter Valley has 120 wineries, celebrated scenery and great wildlife, wide range of adrenaline experiences and amazing food. Head out to this lovely region to experience life in its fullest flavor.

Horse-Drawn Wine Tours

What fun to ride a real historic horse carriage to the many delightful wine cellar doors at Hunter Valley! Kids can choose to ride on ponies, and do some side exploring of their own. Enjoy some great wines in your carriage and let the blissful scenery wash over you.

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Drift over the delightful Hunter Valley, and the tree-lined Hawkesbury Valley and the lovely Blue Mountains in a hot air balloon. You’ll truly escape life and become one with the cool morning mist, as you enjoy a unique perspective of the lovely countryside rolling by.

Guided Horse Riding Bush Tours

Take off into the Australian Bush country on horses and experience what it must have been like for Australia’s colonial ancestors when they first visited the country. Experience nature up close and personal and see Hunter Valley from a different perspective.

Guided Motorcycle Tours

Want more fun than a guided motorcycle tour on Royal Enfield C5 Bullets, exploring the fantastic countryside of beautiful Hunter Valley and beyond? On a motorbike, you can access great scenic roads that are hard to reach otherwise.

Wine Tasting Tours

Sign up for a luxury Mercedes Benz wine tour and experience private wine tastings at the best Hunter wineries. Explore Catherine Vale Wines, Ballabourneen Wine, Bimbadgen Winery, Binnorie Dairy, Bluetongue Brewery and many others. Taste and buy your share of Hunter Valley’s award-winning Semillons, Chardonnays, Rieslings, Verdelhos, Shirazes and Cabernet Merlots.

Helicopter Tours

Get a birds-eye view of the magnificent Hunter Valley’s patchwork of vineyards, hilly regions, bush regions, olive groves and the dramatic Brokenback Range via helicopter. You’ll experience Hunter Valley’s raw rugged beauty and its gentle beauty as never before.

Guided Biking Tours

If you’re into some slow nature exploration, a guided mountain bike tour of wineries is best for you. Sign up for a guided biking tour from a location that’s within easy cycling distance of major wineries. Enjoy a slow and delightful tour of beautiful Hunter Valley at your own pace.

Historic Tours

Hunter Valley was discovered by European settlers in 1797, and was initially used for timber and coal. Pretty soon, the perfect climates ensured good grape growth and vineyards sprouted up everywhere. Hunter Valley has many buildings that date back to the very beginnings. Be sure to visit the following:

• Marthaville Guildry Craft & Gift Centre: This delightful historic twin-gabled home is a shopper’s delight, filled with locally hand crafted items.

• Edgeworth David Museum: This historic, original school building has a collection of 5,000 heritage items from the coal and rural heritage of Hunter valley.

Other Activities

Shop at the award-winning Campbells Store Craft Centre, a collection of 15 specialty craft shops and art galleries. Do check out the Defiance Sculpture Park to view 40 amazing public sculptures created by prominent Australian and International sculptors.