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The world renowned Hunter Valley, is one of the oldest and most venerable wine districts in Australia. It was established in the early 1800`s, with the first vineyards planted in the 1830's. Today the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney, hosts many World famous wine businesses such as Tullock, Lindemans and Tyrells. However this is just the start as there are a literally hundreds of exclusive boutique wine makers, each with their own exceptional wines with unique tastes and terroir. The Hunter Valley has a well established reputation for Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz wines and is developing quality wines for many other varieties.
Joining one or more of the local wine tours is a great way to experience the range of exceptional wines on offer and to discover how they are made. There are excellent food and wine trail maps and guides available from the tourist centers.
Hunter Valley Wine Region and Tourism Center
Australia is blessed with a fabulous array of beaches, many of which are in the Hunter Coast and Central Coast just north of Sydney and there are a wide range of fun things to do and a plethora of tourist activities for visitors to enjoy.
The locality is sub-divided into 8 major sub-regions: Pokolbin, Lovedale, Broke Fordwich, Upper Hunter, Lower Hunter, Wollombi, Mount View and Cedar Creek.
The fabulous Hunter Valley abounds in tourist possibilities with more than 135 wine makers, 70 bistros and restaurants and 170 places to stay locations available.
There are very good tourism amenities and a large range of interests are catered for from hot-air ballooning, scuba diving, horse riding, mountain bikes, tours with bikes, ecotours, surfing along the coast and angling in the rivers and along the adjacent seashore near Newcastle.
The locality is easily accessible from Brisbane and Sydney, being less than two hours away by vehicle, train or plane from Sydney and only 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport.
There is a magnificent variety of guided tours throughout the Hunter Valley including ecotours, fun adventure tours and surfing, rock climbing, ballooning and other activities, 4WD escapades and or course wine tours and food appreciation guides.
The locality has a wonderful array of spectacular National Parks and Recreational Reserves. The locality abounds in fine produce, for example fine beef, dairy products, cheeses, olive oil, fresh fruit, fabulous seafood and fresh vegetables.
Famous for food and wine, the Hunter Valley has many regular Festivals and Events for visitors to enjoy, for example the Opera in the Vineyards, Seafood Festival, Lovedale Long Lunch, Hunter Valley Harvest Festival, Jazz in the Vines and Budfest.
The Visitors Centres and other local information outlets are perfect ways to find out what's on and where to go.
The Hunter Valley has a rich and intriguing heritage, art galleries, amusement choices, golf courses, day spas, health resorts, bushwalks, 4WD excursions and other trips, relaxation and health centres and high quality vacation and health resorts.
The local wines, olives, beef, seafood, cheeses and other food produce grown in the Hunter Valley are showcased in the numerous magnificent bistros, cafes, road-side stalls and restaurants throughout the area.
The most stimulating mode of transport to see the locality and enjoy a wine tour are by taking a horse-back ride, fly overhead in a hot air balloon, motor bike, vintage car, helicopter, vintage plane, horse-drawn carriage and via bicycle.
There are a wonderful range or guided tours for discovering the magnificent Hunter Valley and the neighboring Barrington Tops and Central Coast areas.
The locality abounds in amusement and entertainment options with Newcastle Maitland and Cessnock being the major centres.
Why not stay on the coast in an exclusive beachfront house or apartment and enjoy day trips into the valley each day. The best of both worlds - beaches and wines!
© 2011 Dr. John Anderson
steveamy from Florida on December 10, 2011:
Nice post....the Hunter is (I believe) the source of one of my favorite wine descriptors -- Sweaty Saddle....so descriptive