Hunter Valley Wine Country
Let's talk about good Australian wines. How lucky are we to have a wine region so close to Sydney. It's only about a two hour drive north from Sydney that you will find the famous "Wine Country" region. The Hunter is the perfect place to spend a few days, it is such a beautiful place and home to many wineries, cheese shops, gardens, restaurants and it has its own zoo.
Things to See and Do
There are more than 150 vineyards stretching from Cessnock in the south to the New England Highway in the north.
Hunter Valley Gardens
If you haven't been to the Hunter Valley gardens and you're a garden lover, you need to put this on your to do list. The gardens are easy to get to and are located on Broke Road, Pokolbin. The gardens spread across 60 acres (24 hectares) which include the beautiful Sunken Garden, the Storybook Garden, the Rose Garden, the Oriental Garden, the Lakes Walk, the Italian Grotto, the Indian Mosaic Garden, the Formal Garden, the Chinese Garden and an amazing Border Garden.
The Hunter Valley Gardens are open every day from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.
To find out more about the gardens click on the link. http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au.
There is a great little shopping village across the road from the Hunter Valley Garden that has a wide range of specialty stores, dining and accommodation including a gourmet chocolate shop and if you like cheese I highly recommend the cheese shop there.
Potters Hotel Brewery Resort
You might notice a few beehive structures as you drive along Wine Country Drive in Nulkaba. The structures are on the grounds of the Potters Hotel Brewery Resort and are an unusual part of the history of the Pokolbin area. These happened to be the very first brickworks that were set up by Stephen Arthur Hennery and Mark Robinson on 10 acres.
I have stayed here a few times and like the accommodation. The meals are great and they have a great selection of beers and wines. There is also a lovely indoor and outdoor dining area with fires going in winter.
For little more information and accommodation bookings check out http://www.pottershbr.com.au.
This is another great place to stay or just have a meal. The pub is just a 10 minute walk from the Hunter Valley Gardens and serves delicious wholesome meals. Most Saturday nights you will find a live band playing and its the prefect place to catch up with friends.
Hunter Valley Zoo
The Hunter Valley Zoo is not a very big zoo however it does have international animals and Australians animals including dingoes, Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos, koalas, snakes and birdlife.
It's a fun place to visit with the family as their are farm animals you can pat and feed.
It is located at 138 Lomas Lane, Nulkaba and open six days a week (closed on Wednesdays) between 9.00 am - 4.00 pm I would suggest clicking on the link to find out the latest information. https://www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au.
I highly recommend doing a wine tour so you can relax and let someone else do all the driving while you get to relax and enjoy the local wines.
To book a tour I would recommend this link http://www.winecountry.com.au