Townships and Localities
Whilst it is the Hunter Valley as a whole that is recognised and remembered as a world-class wine region and tourism destination, the region is made up of a number of small communities, townships and localities. Each of them has their own secrets to reveal and can be discovered on their own or as part of a Hunter Valley trail.
Via the picturesque Putty Road from the Blue Mountains & Western Sydney or a quick 15 minute drive via Broke Road from Pokolbin, you will find Broke Fordwich, nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Range in the shadow of the majestic Yellow Rock. Known as ‘the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley’, Broke Fordwich is home to boutique wineries and quality country accommodation with splendid vistas. Exceptional wines, fine restaurants and a gourmet selection of local produce, make a visit to this area a must. www.brokefordwich.com.au
East of Pokolbin you will discover Lovedale. Known for its community of boutique wineries, cellar doors, quality accommodation, restaurants and unique galleries, Lovedale is also where the now famous Lovedale Long Lunch takes place on the 3rd weekend in May every year. www.lovedalehuntervalley.com.au
Pokolbin/Rothbury forms the epicentre of Wine Country. It is where most of the Hunter Valley’s first vineyards were planted and where you will find the largest collection of wineries, accommodation houses, restaurants and activities. And, of course, you will also find many of the original families here.
With award-winning boutique cellar doors, wineries and unique accommodation this is one of the most idyllic and scenic parts of the Hunter Valley. Enjoy Mount View Road, from the south-eastern end of Pokolbin south to Millfield Village. The road winds its way around the breathtakingly beautiful Brokenback Range and reveals vistas you’ll just have to capture. www.mountview.biz
The picturesque Wollombi Valley and its historic village are home to many old convict structures and ancient Aboriginal sites. Wollombi Village is famed for its heritage colonial architecture and is the gateway to the convict trail, National Parks, boutique wineries and museums. www.visitwollombi.com.au
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Located off the New England Highway you will find these small village centres displaying historic architecture, arts & crafts stores and friendly locals. Dalwood is also the site of the Hunter Valley’s first grapevines and you will find links to the area’s history at Wyndham Estate.
Just off the F3 Freeway, Cessnock is Wine Country’s hub for business and shopping. Here you will find everything you need from groceries, gifts, fashion and hardware as well as the essential services including post offices and banks. There are also several accommodation options, restaurants, cafés and pubs. www.cessnockchamber.com.au
Entering from the north on the Pacific Highway, you will encounter Kurri Kurri and its surrounding towns. Kurri Kurri is rich in heritage and features a railway museum, grand old pubs and the famous ‘Town Murals Project’. www.kurrikurri.com
Accessed via the New England Highway, the Golden Hwy, Putty Road or Hermitage Road, this sub-region offers boutique wineries, rolling pastures, horse studs and natural wonders – including Lake St Clair – and an intriguing mix of heritage, country charm and modern sophistication. www.singletontourism.com.au
At the northern end of Pokolbin, this friendly rural destination offers a wide range of accommodation styles, restaurants, cafes and galleries. It is also where some of the regions most acclaimed vignerons and winemakers both work and live. Come and explore. www.aroundhermitage.com.au