Hello all of you out there in TV land! Only about 2 hours from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is one of the most publicized wine regions in Australia. As far as wine goes, the Hunter generally produces quite enjoyable and popular varieties. Wine aside, most importantly to many people, it provides a great romantic get away. I know loads of people with bourgeoning relationships that have had their first weekend away there. Nothing like a few hills and some vino to create a little romance…
Not just for love birds, many tourists who are visiting Sydney often go tour the Hunter as well. Perfect for those who only have a few days such as business travellers, it provides a chance to see a bit of the country, try some of the famous Aussie wines, and then land safely back in your Sydney hotel rooms that evening just in time to try one of the fabulous restaurants. Long day- but hey you can sleep on the plane tomorrow!
For any of the wine regions in Australia, I HIGHLY recommend going with a tour group of some sort. The drink driving laws in Australia are extremely strict and there are random breath test (RBT) stops all over the place- especially around the wine regions. Besides, then you can sit back, let someone else do the driving and enjoy your newly purchased plonk (Aussie slang for wine or spirits)!
I’ve come across a few tours on offer. I have not personally tried them, but they at least give you an idea of what’s out there.
- Heavenly Hunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Tour
Features: Australian Reptile Park, Morning Tea with Koalas and Kangaroos, over 30 wine tastings and cheese!Brought to you by the folks at the Surfing Kangaroo, they have pick ups from Coogee, Bondi Beach, Kings Cross, Circular Quay, Town Hall, and a few others. $99 for an adult, $20 gourmet lunch option, $25 scenic cycling option, and discounts for students. Call 02 9328 3016 for more information.
- Mr. Hunter Valley
Features: Limo equipped Mercedes, small groups, access to 40 small boutique wineries, at least 5 wineries will be visited, flexible itinerary.Day tours are $95 with lunch, pick ups from the City, fringe, or along Pacific Highway. I’ve done one of this kind before- the group usually picks the wineries by concensus. Call 0409 784410 for more information.
- Hunter Valley Wine Country Tour
Features: Morning Tea on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Hunter Olive Center, Hunter Valley Gardens Village, learn to throw a boomerang!Day tours are $80 or $105 with lunch. Pickups starting in Coogee, through the City, and up to Chatswood. They have a 2 day option that includes the Reptile park and Dolphin watching starting at $245. Call 02 9665 6600 for more information.
Accomodation Option- Country Inn- Branxton Hotel