The Hunter Valley region isn’t just a single city or town, it’s actually comprised of 11 local governments that each incorporate a number of different areas and destinations. To put it simply, it’s not a small region and it’s home to nearly 650,000 residents. With so much to see and do, and so much land to explore, it can be difficult to know what destinations, attractions and scenery you just can’t afford to miss out on, especially if you’re rather unfamiliar with the area. Hunter Valley tours are a fantastic way of ensuring you see the absolute best on offer, and, fortunately, there are plenty of tour options available to travellers.
By far the most popular and most famous of all Hunter Valley tours is the wine tour. Hunter Valley is renowned for being one of the best wine producing regions in the world, not just in Australia, and many visitors to the area make a visit to a local vineyard or a trip to a Hunter wine-selling establishment a priority on their itinerary. Tours include stops at different wineries and vineyards and often include a walk around the facilities, tastings and return transportation. Wine lovers can learn about the different grape varieties, the processes and how best to pair wines and foods.
Many Hunter Valley tours expand on the wine aspect and incorporate local foods and cuisines, such as vineyard tours that also visit cheese, olive, fudge and chocolate premises. Along with nuts, olives and olive products are up there with wines as one of Hunter Valley’s biggest exports, due to the ideal growing conditions in the region. Hunter Valley tours can also include visits to preserves makers, smokers who create the infamous Hunter Valley smoked trout and bakeries producing fresh breads.
Of course, it’s not just about wines and food, it’s also about the amazing scenery. Hunter Valley tours have been especially designed to show visitors the most stunning areas of the region, including the coastal Port Stephens, the numerous nature reserves on the outskirts of the cities and the historic Newcastle. For a great view of the Port Stephens area, take a dolphin or whale watching cruise, and enjoy a horseback riding tour of the trails in Lovedale.
To experience the sights and sounds of Hunter Valley’s biggest city, Newcastle, hop on a tram. These Hunter Valley tours take visitors back to the 1920’s in replica trams that travel throughout the bustling city and the relaxing coast. Audio commentary is available, informing travellers of the history of some of the city’s most prominent sights, including the train station, the wharf and the local brewery.
Want to see everything Hunter Valley has to offer? No problem! Take a Hunter Valley tour with a twist in a helicopter! Leaving from Cessnock Airport near the winery area of Pokolbin, helicopters soar up high above the vineyards below, over the national parks, the nature reserves, the small towns, the cities, the beaches and the mountains. Your pilot can point out specific areas of interest, or even just a good restaurant! Some of these Hunter Valley tours include a glass of local Hunter wine, too.
Hunter Valley tours aren’t all about the wine. They’re varied, they’re plentiful and they provide visitors with a good all-round experience of the region. Some Hunter Valley tours can even be taken from Sydney, meaning there’s no need to book additional accommodation in the area. It’s just a 2-hour drive and hotel pick up can be arranged through the tour operator, taking the hassle out of the trip.