The Hunter Region is popularly known as Hunter Valley. It is located in Australia near New South Wales, extending to approximately 310 km to north of Sydney. The valley consists of Hunter River, it has tributaries which are spread to the south and north area over the region. The Hunter Valley is one of the largest river valley in the continent of Australia. The place is popular for Coal industry and wineries.
Most of the population of Hunter Region lives within the area of 25-km to the coast. Around 55% of the entire population lives in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. According to the 2011 census, the region holds 620,530 of total population.
The Hunter Valley is one of the Australia’s oldest growing region. The region is also famous for fine dining, galleries, health spa, golf courses and cooking schools. Here, one can taste hand-made local cheese, chocolates, breads, dairy goods, olive oil and so. They also offers Wine tasting class, with difficult selection of wine from set of fine wines from 150-cellar doors. Taking a glimpse of complete field from the helicopter ride, hot-air balloon or shopping is best option to explore the area.
The first sampling of vines were planted in the 1820s, which makes the region oldest in Australia. The Hunter Valley Semillon is undoubtedly iconic wine region, and known for producing fine quality of grape wines which includes Chardonnay, Shiraz, Verdelho and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visiting Wyndham Estate also can’t be missed, as it is internationally acclaimed place and hosts Opera in Vineyard each year.
There are several Cellar doors to visit, few can be simply visited, while few requires advance booking. Spending time in boutique guesthouses and dining with top quality restaurants with world’s finest wine in other historic towns of Lovedale, Maitland, Broke and Pokolbin.
The Hunter Valley is a two hours’ drive from North of Sydney. It is the heart of the city, located on the beachside of Newcastle. It has rich history, culture with great option of dining and shopping, also a walk-through in rainforest in a nearby national Park like Yengo, Watagan and visit to the Barrington Top Heritage site. There are different routes to get to Hunter Valley.