Hunter Valley

Within a few hours of Sydney, couples have a smorgasbord of romantic getaway choices — and one of the favourite weekend or short break destinations for Sydneysiders, interstate and overseas visitors alike is the Hunter Valley.

Famous for the fabulous wines that have earned a reputation as some of the world’s best tipples, the Hunter Valley is a place to indulge in great food and wine.

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As well as being home to Australia’s oldest wineries, the Hunter Valley offers visitors a range of activities. Of course, you would expect wonderful wine tasting and fine dining, but there are also more adventurous pursuits including hot air ballooning and bushwalking.

The Hunter region encompasses charming country towns and villages scattered amongst the vineyards, each one offering its unique experiences. From Pokolbin, known as the centre of wine country, to Lovedale where you’ll find boutique cellar doors, and the hub of Cessnock to the Barrington Tops, the region is vast and packed with experiences.

For a memorable New South Wales romantic getaway, any time of year, the Hunter Valley ticks all the boxes.

Need to Know:

DO set your sights on an unforgettable wilderness experience at the Barrington Tops National Park. If you're the adventurous type, you'll love a hike through breathtaking lookouts, spotting native wildlife along the way, followed by a back-to-nature picnic lunch.

DON’T forget to pamper yourself at one of the many day spas throughout the Hunter, maybe at a vineyard with a gourmet lunch included.

COUPLES WILL LOVE an early start with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Float above the Hunters' 120 vineyards with Balloon Aloft and take in the stunning views before indulging in a romantic champagne breakfast for two at Peterson House Winery.

Related article - what to do with 48 hours in the Hunter Valley.

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