10 Best Things to do in the Hunter Valley

By Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
Category: Things to Do

Enjoy everything the Hunter Valley has to offer and take in some outstanding experiences close to your luxury accommodation. We put a list together to save you the time. Check out our suggestions.

  1. Hunter Valley Gardens

No trip to the Hunter Valley is complete without exploring these world famous gardens. Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, the gardens have over 60 acres of spectacular displays, with 8km of walking paths that make it easy to discover the many feature gardens hidden within. There is always events, some specific to the season, with plenty for kids and families to do.


  1. Wine Tasting at McGuigan’s

The Hunter Valley is famous for wines, and one of the best wineries in the region is McGuigan’s. Their knowledgeable and friendly cellar door staff will guide you through a tasting of McGuigan’s wines. It’s centralised location and daily tours of the winery, where experts will guide you through the wine making process is a must see. Group tastings are available just drop them a line to make a booking.


  1. Hunter Valley Concert’s

A feature of the Hunter Valley in the last decade is the open air concerts. There have been international acts coming to play in some of the best surrounds in the country, including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and The Rolling Stones to name just a few. These concerts are always a sell-out and accommodation is a must in the weekend plan.


  1. Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club

One of the most picturesque Golf Clubs in the region, Cypress Lakes is well worth spending the day on the greens enjoying the links style play o of the front night and the rolling tree lined back nine.  With unique and spacious grounds, anyone from the professional to the social swingers will be able to enjoy themselves.


  1. Astills Trails

Located near Pokolbin in the Werakata National Park, Astills trail is an easy 2km loop through important habitat for rare and threatened birds. Local families love the fresh air and greenery which thrives on their doorstep, bushwalkers and birdwatchers from all over NSW make the journey too.


  1. Cessnock Regional Art Gallery

A local gem situated in Cessnock, 5 minutes from Pokolbin, showcasing local art and craft from a range of artists from the community. With ever changing programs, there is always a fresh rotation of new exhibits. It highlights a broad range of contemporary visual art. It also runs public programs for locals and tourists alike to get involved.


  1. Hot Air Ballooning

Wine Country Ballooning offers the perfect backdrop for the flight of a lifetime. Sunrise flights take you over the wine region for around an hour, and finishes with a gourmet breakfast and complimentary champagne. A unique experience that should be fully embraced.


  1. Hunter Valley Cheese Co.

The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory is a purpose built cheese factory, and compliments perfectly the giant wine tourism in the Valley. They offer a wide variety of tasting packages for small and big groups. The range of cheese available will astound you, and cheesemakers offer daily talks to invite you into the process of cheese-making.


  1. Hunter Valley Chocolate Company

What is a trip away without indulgence? Hunter Valley Chocolate Co. has 3 outlets located in the Hunter Valley. There are a wide variety of chocolate and sweets. You can sample a fine selection of chocolate and there is even a fudge making station where you can see the fudge being made at the 2320 location.


  1. Maitland Gaol

For something completely different, a trip to Maitland Gaol will be talked about for many years after your Hunter Valley getaway. Located 20 minutes from Pokolbin in the middle of one the Hunters oldest towns, Maitland Goal is steeped in history and supernatural superstition. There are a wide variety of tours available, ranging from night tours, ghost tours and former inmate tours. As well exploring the gaols past, there are also modern events held such as the Bitter & Twisted Beer Festival which you can add to your calendar for November travellers.