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Visit Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. Explore acclaimed wineries and restaurants, and taste world-class wines in Australia's oldest wine region. Pokolbin is a rural locality in the Hunter Region of New South Wales Australia. It is part of the Singleton Council local government area and the city of Cessnock. The area is the centre of the Lower Hunter Valley wine region. Pokolbin lies within the Hunter Valley Important Bird Area.
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Pokolbin
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Visit Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. Explore acclaimed wineries and restaurants, and taste world-class wines in Australia's oldest wine region. Pokolbin is a rural locality in the Hunter Region of New South Wales Australia. It is part of the Singleton Council local government area and the city of Cessnock. The area is the centre of the Lower Hunter Valley wine region. Pokolbin lies within the Hunter Valley Important Bird Area.
Hunter Valley Gardens is in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, located in Pokolbin, NSW, Australia. It opened in 2003 and is now open everyday of the year except Christmas Day. A naturally beautiful experience in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country with something on offer for the whole family. With over 6000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over 1 million ground cover plants, plus waterfalls, statues, murals and much more on offer. Their signature events are renowned across the region, with visitors attending from all over Australia. For more information on their upcoming events check out www.huntervalleygardens.com.au
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Hunter Valley Gardens
2090 Broke Rd
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Hunter Valley Gardens is in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, located in Pokolbin, NSW, Australia. It opened in 2003 and is now open everyday of the year except Christmas Day. A naturally beautiful experience in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country with something on offer for the whole family. With over 6000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over 1 million ground cover plants, plus waterfalls, statues, murals and much more on offer. Their signature events are renowned across the region, with visitors attending from all over Australia. For more information on their upcoming events check out www.huntervalleygardens.com.au
The Richmond Vale Railway Museum operates a railway and museum located at the heritage-listed Richmond Main Colliery south of Kurri Kurri, New South Wales. Address: 262 Leggetts Dr, Richmond Vale NSW 2323 Opened: 1979 Phone: (02) 4018 7230 Nearest car park: On site Richmond Vale Railway Museum is located in an attractive bushland setting off Leggetts Drive Richmond Vale, approximately 4km south of the Hunter Valley township of Kurri Kurri. It is the only operating heritage railway north of the Hawkesbury. The museum is a family-friendly location. In addition to the historical displays, the site offers the following attractions: - Unlimited full-sized train rides - Miniature train rides - Child-accessible signalling activity - Historic films in the mining museum - Picnic tables - Canteen - Souvenir shop - Special events throughout the year – watch our blog and Facebook for further detail. They are open on the first three Sundays of each month, and every school holiday Sunday, with the gates open from 9.30am.
Richmond Vale Railway Museum
The Richmond Vale Railway Museum operates a railway and museum located at the heritage-listed Richmond Main Colliery south of Kurri Kurri, New South Wales. Address: 262 Leggetts Dr, Richmond Vale NSW 2323 Opened: 1979 Phone: (02) 4018 7230 Nearest car park: On site Richmond Vale Railway Museum is located in an attractive bushland setting off Leggetts Drive Richmond Vale, approximately 4km south of the Hunter Valley township of Kurri Kurri. It is the only operating heritage railway north of the Hawkesbury. The museum is a family-friendly location. In addition to the historical displays, the site offers the following attractions: - Unlimited full-sized train rides - Miniature train rides - Child-accessible signalling activity - Historic films in the mining museum - Picnic tables - Canteen - Souvenir shop - Special events throughout the year – watch our blog and Facebook for further detail. They are open on the first three Sundays of each month, and every school holiday Sunday, with the gates open from 9.30am.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery is located just a short 15 minute drive from Heddon Greta at 230 High Street Maitland. With a Cafe, Shop and Exhibitions you are sure to find something to entertain. Housed in a federation gothic building, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery is fun for the entire family. This bright, contemporary space encompasses eleven light-filled exhibition spaces showcasing works from well-known Australian and international artists, including luminaries such as Sidney Nolan. The museum's focus is works on paper, however the collection also includes sculptures, installations, photographs, and more. One entire wing of the museum is dedicated to children and is home to the Art Factory, with free kids' art activities and special holiday workshops. Evocative bronze sculptures surround the museum, and temporary exhibitions mean you'll always find something new to see here. To get the most out of your visit, take the informative audio tour, and enjoy a snack at the popular cafe. Another worthwhile gallery to visit in the region is the Newcastle Art Gallery, which displays an impressive collection of Australian art, particularly from the 19th century, and the largest collection of modern Japanese ceramics in the southern hemisphere. Opening hours - Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5pm To find out about past, current and future exhibitions www.mrag.org.au
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High St
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery is located just a short 15 minute drive from Heddon Greta at 230 High Street Maitland. With a Cafe, Shop and Exhibitions you are sure to find something to entertain. Housed in a federation gothic building, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery is fun for the entire family. This bright, contemporary space encompasses eleven light-filled exhibition spaces showcasing works from well-known Australian and international artists, including luminaries such as Sidney Nolan. The museum's focus is works on paper, however the collection also includes sculptures, installations, photographs, and more. One entire wing of the museum is dedicated to children and is home to the Art Factory, with free kids' art activities and special holiday workshops. Evocative bronze sculptures surround the museum, and temporary exhibitions mean you'll always find something new to see here. To get the most out of your visit, take the informative audio tour, and enjoy a snack at the popular cafe. Another worthwhile gallery to visit in the region is the Newcastle Art Gallery, which displays an impressive collection of Australian art, particularly from the 19th century, and the largest collection of modern Japanese ceramics in the southern hemisphere. Opening hours - Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5pm To find out about past, current and future exhibitions www.mrag.org.au
Hunter Valley Zoo is a privately run zoo in the Heart of the Hunter Valley NSW. With hands-on, interactive animal experiences, daily shows and fun relaxed atmosphere, Hunter Valley Zoo is the perfect day out. To find out more go to www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au
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Hunter Valley Zoo
138 Lomas Lane
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Hunter Valley Zoo is a privately run zoo in the Heart of the Hunter Valley NSW. With hands-on, interactive animal experiences, daily shows and fun relaxed atmosphere, Hunter Valley Zoo is the perfect day out. To find out more go to www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au
MORTELS SHEEPSKIN FACTORY Mortels Sheepskin Factory is an Australian owned and operated company. Founded in 1958, Mortels has successfully established a reputation built on expertise and experience. Mortels manufacturing base is located at Thornton, and they retail their locally manufactured product from showrooms in both Thornton and Warners Bay. From their purpose built Australiana shearing shed style premises, fully guided tours are conducted through the factory on a raised viewing platform where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a fully operational manufacturing plant. Visitors watch and learn about the making of Mortels UGG boots, from the raw materials used through to the finished product. The tour finishes in store where the very product they have watched being made can be purchased giving visitors greater shopping enjoyment. THE SUNDAY MUSTER The Sunday Muster is a roundup of creative people; artists, crafts persons, and designers, in a boutique artisan market held on the grounds at Mortels Sheepskin Factory in Thornton. Commencing in 2019, The Sunday Muster is held monthly however best to check their Facebook page for information, as its more seasonal then monthly.
Thornton
MORTELS SHEEPSKIN FACTORY Mortels Sheepskin Factory is an Australian owned and operated company. Founded in 1958, Mortels has successfully established a reputation built on expertise and experience. Mortels manufacturing base is located at Thornton, and they retail their locally manufactured product from showrooms in both Thornton and Warners Bay. From their purpose built Australiana shearing shed style premises, fully guided tours are conducted through the factory on a raised viewing platform where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a fully operational manufacturing plant. Visitors watch and learn about the making of Mortels UGG boots, from the raw materials used through to the finished product. The tour finishes in store where the very product they have watched being made can be purchased giving visitors greater shopping enjoyment. THE SUNDAY MUSTER The Sunday Muster is a roundup of creative people; artists, crafts persons, and designers, in a boutique artisan market held on the grounds at Mortels Sheepskin Factory in Thornton. Commencing in 2019, The Sunday Muster is held monthly however best to check their Facebook page for information, as its more seasonal then monthly.
One of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful, bucolic landscapes of the Hunter Valley is to soar high above it in a hot air balloon. From above, the valley unfurls in a patchwork of fields and rolling, mist-cloaked hills studded with eucalyptus trees. Flights last about an hour, and sunrise is the best time to soak up the serenity and see kangaroos hopping across the fields. This is a romantic way to celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Family packages are also available and include photos and breakfast. From Newcastle to the Hunter Valley is about a 50 min drive, which has been made easier by the Express Way. Companies you can look at; Hot Air Balloon Hunter Valley www.balloonaloft.com Hunter Valley Ballooning www.beyondballooning.com.au Hunter Valley Wine Country www.huntervalleyballooning.com.au Or check out Adrenaline for great deals www.adrenaline.com.au
Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon
332 Lovedale Rd
One of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful, bucolic landscapes of the Hunter Valley is to soar high above it in a hot air balloon. From above, the valley unfurls in a patchwork of fields and rolling, mist-cloaked hills studded with eucalyptus trees. Flights last about an hour, and sunrise is the best time to soak up the serenity and see kangaroos hopping across the fields. This is a romantic way to celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Family packages are also available and include photos and breakfast. From Newcastle to the Hunter Valley is about a 50 min drive, which has been made easier by the Express Way. Companies you can look at; Hot Air Balloon Hunter Valley www.balloonaloft.com Hunter Valley Ballooning www.beyondballooning.com.au Hunter Valley Wine Country www.huntervalleyballooning.com.au Or check out Adrenaline for great deals www.adrenaline.com.au
Preserving one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, beautiful Barrington Tops National Park, in the upper Hunter Valley, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The best way to explore the park is on its vast network of hiking trails. Popular trails include the 1,500-meter-high Aeroplane Hill Walking Track, which weaves through wetlands and woodlands in the subalpine region of the park and offers stunning views from Careys Peak lookout. The Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track provides a wonderful walk through subalpine snow gum forests and temperate rain forest, where you can see some of the park's picturesque waterfalls. Giant tree ferns and carpets of cool, green moss are other distinguishing features, and the trail is also popular with birders. Other recommended hikes include the Blue Gum Loop trail; the easy, wheelchair-friendly Devil's Hole lookout walk; and the eight-kilometer Gloucester Tops Circuit, which combines three of the park's top hikes into a rewarding trek. While you're hiking, keep an eye out for wildlife like swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos. Official site: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Barrington-Tops-National-Park
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Barrington Tops National Park
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Preserving one of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia, beautiful Barrington Tops National Park, in the upper Hunter Valley, is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The best way to explore the park is on its vast network of hiking trails. Popular trails include the 1,500-meter-high Aeroplane Hill Walking Track, which weaves through wetlands and woodlands in the subalpine region of the park and offers stunning views from Careys Peak lookout. The Antarctic Beech Forest Walking Track provides a wonderful walk through subalpine snow gum forests and temperate rain forest, where you can see some of the park's picturesque waterfalls. Giant tree ferns and carpets of cool, green moss are other distinguishing features, and the trail is also popular with birders. Other recommended hikes include the Blue Gum Loop trail; the easy, wheelchair-friendly Devil's Hole lookout walk; and the eight-kilometer Gloucester Tops Circuit, which combines three of the park's top hikes into a rewarding trek. While you're hiking, keep an eye out for wildlife like swamp wallabies and grey kangaroos. Official site: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Barrington-Tops-National-Park
Connecting to Bathers Way is the poignant Newcastle Memorial Walk. Suspended above the sea, this scenic bridge and walkway was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and honor the fallen soldiers. You can also spot whales from here during their annual migration, from late May through early November.
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Newcastle Memorial Walk
24 Memorial Dr
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Connecting to Bathers Way is the poignant Newcastle Memorial Walk. Suspended above the sea, this scenic bridge and walkway was built to commemorate the centenary of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and honor the fallen soldiers. You can also spot whales from here during their annual migration, from late May through early November.
About 100 kilometers from Newcastle, Wollemi National Park is a World Heritage-listed wilderness of cliffs, canyons, and gushing rivers. Vast tracts of unspoiled bushland fringe the banks of the Colo and Wollemi Rivers, where nature lovers can relax with a picnic or paddle the wild waters. One of the park's top features is Ganguddy, also known as Dunn's Swamp, a mist-shrouded swamp hemmed by beehive-shaped rock formations. You can explore this beautiful area on a guided kayak tour and learn about the park's aboriginal heritage and unique wildlife. Some kayak tours also incorporate a short hike. During prime visitor seasons, kayak rentals are also available for self-guided tours. Other popular things to do in the park include hiking the bushland trails, and rock climbing is also popular along the rocky escarpments. Wollemi National Park is also famous for its Glow Worm Tunnel Walking track, one of the most popular things to do at night here. Bordering Wollemi National Park, Yengo National Park is another pristine wilderness area to explore, with aboriginal rock art and popular hiking trails. The Finchley Cultural Walk is a favorite hike here. Official site: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Wollemi-National-Park
Wollemi
About 100 kilometers from Newcastle, Wollemi National Park is a World Heritage-listed wilderness of cliffs, canyons, and gushing rivers. Vast tracts of unspoiled bushland fringe the banks of the Colo and Wollemi Rivers, where nature lovers can relax with a picnic or paddle the wild waters. One of the park's top features is Ganguddy, also known as Dunn's Swamp, a mist-shrouded swamp hemmed by beehive-shaped rock formations. You can explore this beautiful area on a guided kayak tour and learn about the park's aboriginal heritage and unique wildlife. Some kayak tours also incorporate a short hike. During prime visitor seasons, kayak rentals are also available for self-guided tours. Other popular things to do in the park include hiking the bushland trails, and rock climbing is also popular along the rocky escarpments. Wollemi National Park is also famous for its Glow Worm Tunnel Walking track, one of the most popular things to do at night here. Bordering Wollemi National Park, Yengo National Park is another pristine wilderness area to explore, with aboriginal rock art and popular hiking trails. The Finchley Cultural Walk is a favorite hike here. Official site: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Wollemi-National-Park
Surrounded by mountains, Wollombi is a charming village sprinkled with 19th-century sandstone cottages. The town lies in the south of the Hunter region and has long been a popular rest stop along the Great North Road. Today, cafés and cozy guesthouses jostle near the old buildings. The best way to explore the town is on the Historic Wollombi Village Walk, a one-kilometer, self-guided heritage walk through the fascinating history of this little town, from its aboriginal heritage to its convict and colonial days. You can pick up a map at the Wollombi Museum. Nature lovers can explore more aboriginal heritage at the the nearby World Heritage Wilderness area of Yengo National Park.
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Wollombi
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Surrounded by mountains, Wollombi is a charming village sprinkled with 19th-century sandstone cottages. The town lies in the south of the Hunter region and has long been a popular rest stop along the Great North Road. Today, cafés and cozy guesthouses jostle near the old buildings. The best way to explore the town is on the Historic Wollombi Village Walk, a one-kilometer, self-guided heritage walk through the fascinating history of this little town, from its aboriginal heritage to its convict and colonial days. You can pick up a map at the Wollombi Museum. Nature lovers can explore more aboriginal heritage at the the nearby World Heritage Wilderness area of Yengo National Park.
Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation, is now a museum. It is located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia. It was built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. Fort Scratchley is a fascinating historic and educational site for visitors, tourists and students to explore. Guided tours are led by passionate Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteers with a wealth of knowledge about the site. There are two types of tours: Site and full tunnel tour: Runs around 90 minutes. Allow two hours on site. Tunnel tour: Runs around 60 minutes. Allow 90 minutes on site. Tours are available at regular intervals each day the Fort is open (6 days a week, 10am to 4pm closed Tuesdays). If you are with a small group of people (under x10) you don't book, just purchase your tour tickets at the Artillery Store on the day. Tours depart at the following times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 1.40pm and 2.30pm and are subject to availability on the day. Other times may be available by appointment. Unfortunately, tunnel tours are unsuitable for wheelchairs, walkers, prams & strollers due to narrow stairs & hallways. Group Bookings of 10 or more are welcome, however they do require a bit of notice. Address: 1/3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300 Phone: 02 4974 1422 fortscratchleytours@ncc.nsw.gov.au
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Fort Scratchley
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Fort Scratchley, a former coastal defence installation, is now a museum. It is located in Newcastle East, a suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales in Australia. It was built in 1882 to defend the city against a possible Russian attack. Fort Scratchley is a fascinating historic and educational site for visitors, tourists and students to explore. Guided tours are led by passionate Fort Scratchley Historical Society volunteers with a wealth of knowledge about the site. There are two types of tours: Site and full tunnel tour: Runs around 90 minutes. Allow two hours on site. Tunnel tour: Runs around 60 minutes. Allow 90 minutes on site. Tours are available at regular intervals each day the Fort is open (6 days a week, 10am to 4pm closed Tuesdays). If you are with a small group of people (under x10) you don't book, just purchase your tour tickets at the Artillery Store on the day. Tours depart at the following times: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 1.40pm and 2.30pm and are subject to availability on the day. Other times may be available by appointment. Unfortunately, tunnel tours are unsuitable for wheelchairs, walkers, prams & strollers due to narrow stairs & hallways. Group Bookings of 10 or more are welcome, however they do require a bit of notice. Address: 1/3 Nobbys Rd, Newcastle East NSW 2300 Phone: 02 4974 1422 fortscratchleytours@ncc.nsw.gov.au
King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda. The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze of colour. On the southern boundary are the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner's Cottage which were in regular use from 1890 to World War II. The park also has links with Newcastle's penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face. A popular place for family picnics and barbecues, and now a movie venue in summer. The park also has a playground and public toilets. York Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300 02 4974 2807
King Edward Park
King Edward Park was dedicated as a recreation reserve in 1863. Within the grounds was a bowling green and the Obelisk, built as a navigational marker in 1850; the focal point is a Victorian rotunda. The park has spectacular ocean views, Norfolk Island pines and a sunken garden usually ablaze of colour. On the southern boundary are the remains of the Shepherds Hill Battery and Gunner's Cottage which were in regular use from 1890 to World War II. The park also has links with Newcastle's penal past, with the Bogey Hole (or convict hewn ocean bathing pool) at the foot of the eastern cliff face. A popular place for family picnics and barbecues, and now a movie venue in summer. The park also has a playground and public toilets. York Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300 02 4974 2807
Activities
Heddon Greta Drive In movie cinema is the only drive in theatre in the Hunter Valley servicing Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Heddon Greta. For more information on Prices, Showings and more go to www.drive-in.com.au
Heddon Greta Drive In
Heddon Greta Drive In movie cinema is the only drive in theatre in the Hunter Valley servicing Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Heddon Greta. For more information on Prices, Showings and more go to www.drive-in.com.au
Teeing off in the tranquil countryside of the Hunter Valley is a memorable experience for golfers of all skill levels. Some of the courses also offer popular restaurants and charming accommodations, so you can take advantage of convenient stay-and-play packages. Top courses include The Vintage Golf Club in Rothbury, a Greg Norman-designed championship course on the grounds of the luxury resort, Chateau Elan. Other popular choices are the Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club in Lovedale and the Steve Smyers-designed Cypress Lakes Golf Course in Pokolbin, next door to the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort. Many of the clubs also offer golf lessons, and if you're truly a beginner, you can practice your putting skills at Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.
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The Vintage Golf Club
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Teeing off in the tranquil countryside of the Hunter Valley is a memorable experience for golfers of all skill levels. Some of the courses also offer popular restaurants and charming accommodations, so you can take advantage of convenient stay-and-play packages. Top courses include The Vintage Golf Club in Rothbury, a Greg Norman-designed championship course on the grounds of the luxury resort, Chateau Elan. Other popular choices are the Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club in Lovedale and the Steve Smyers-designed Cypress Lakes Golf Course in Pokolbin, next door to the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort. Many of the clubs also offer golf lessons, and if you're truly a beginner, you can practice your putting skills at Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.
The Australian Reptile Park is located at Somersby on the Central Coast, New South Wales in Australia. It is about 50 kilometres North of Sydney, and is just off the M1 Pacific Motorway. The Park has one of the largest reptile collections in Australia, with close to 50 species on display. From Newcastle the reptile park is an hours drive south heading towards Sydney off the M1. Address: Pacific Hwy, Somersby NSW 2250 Hours: 9am to 5pm everyday Phone: (02) 4340 1022 Exhibits: Lost World of Reptiles, Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit, and more. Notable animals: Elvis, Daenerys, Posie, Violet, Miss Piggy, George, and more. www.reptilepark.com.au
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Australian Reptile Park
Lot 69 Pacific Hwy
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The Australian Reptile Park is located at Somersby on the Central Coast, New South Wales in Australia. It is about 50 kilometres North of Sydney, and is just off the M1 Pacific Motorway. The Park has one of the largest reptile collections in Australia, with close to 50 species on display. From Newcastle the reptile park is an hours drive south heading towards Sydney off the M1. Address: Pacific Hwy, Somersby NSW 2250 Hours: 9am to 5pm everyday Phone: (02) 4340 1022 Exhibits: Lost World of Reptiles, Galapagos Tortoise Exhibit, and more. Notable animals: Elvis, Daenerys, Posie, Violet, Miss Piggy, George, and more. www.reptilepark.com.au
The Australian Army Infantry Museum (AAIM) is the custodian of Infantry Corps history and its customs and traditions. The Museum's collection ranges from the Australia's pre federation state colonial armies and their first deployments overseas in the nineteenth century through to today’s twenty first century diggers. For information on prices and hours visit www.infantrymuseum.com.au Address: Hamilton Vc Dr, Singleton Military Area NSW 2331 Phone: (02) 6575 0257
Infantry Museum
The Australian Army Infantry Museum (AAIM) is the custodian of Infantry Corps history and its customs and traditions. The Museum's collection ranges from the Australia's pre federation state colonial armies and their first deployments overseas in the nineteenth century through to today’s twenty first century diggers. For information on prices and hours visit www.infantrymuseum.com.au Address: Hamilton Vc Dr, Singleton Military Area NSW 2331 Phone: (02) 6575 0257
Aqua Golf and Putt Putt is the number one activity in Wine Country. Ideal for family and friends of all ages. Get into the swing of things at Aqua Golf and win prizes! The aim of the game is to hit a golf ball into the lake in front of you. If your ball lands in the floating target net you win a prize! The further away the target the better the prize, with vouchers for restaurants, cellar doors, hot-air balloon rides, golf games, bus tours and CASH JACKPOTS! Located within the Hunter Valley Gardens and Shopping Village, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. Located in: Hunter Valley Gardens Address: Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 0408 633 377
Aqua Golf Hunter Valley
Aqua Golf and Putt Putt is the number one activity in Wine Country. Ideal for family and friends of all ages. Get into the swing of things at Aqua Golf and win prizes! The aim of the game is to hit a golf ball into the lake in front of you. If your ball lands in the floating target net you win a prize! The further away the target the better the prize, with vouchers for restaurants, cellar doors, hot-air balloon rides, golf games, bus tours and CASH JACKPOTS! Located within the Hunter Valley Gardens and Shopping Village, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. Located in: Hunter Valley Gardens Address: Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: 0408 633 377
Newcastle Museum is a vibrant and welcoming centre for and about Newcastle. The new Museum opened to the community on 4 August 2011. Located in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops, the Museum is right in the heart of Newcastle. The new Museum is a more than simply a re-invention of the original Newcastle Regional Museum which was located in Newcastle West and founded in 1988 as a Bicentennial project. It is a reinvigorated, contemporary Museum that brings new exhibitions and experiences in a centre designed to provide efficient and sustainable services as well as appealing and accessible programs. Newcastle Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays except during holidays when it remains open seven days a week. The Museum aims to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Entry is free.
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Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way
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Newcastle Museum is a vibrant and welcoming centre for and about Newcastle. The new Museum opened to the community on 4 August 2011. Located in the historic Honeysuckle Railway workshops, the Museum is right in the heart of Newcastle. The new Museum is a more than simply a re-invention of the original Newcastle Regional Museum which was located in Newcastle West and founded in 1988 as a Bicentennial project. It is a reinvigorated, contemporary Museum that brings new exhibitions and experiences in a centre designed to provide efficient and sustainable services as well as appealing and accessible programs. Newcastle Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays except during holidays when it remains open seven days a week. The Museum aims to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. Entry is free.
Food scene
Full Throttle BBQ is your one stop low and slow BBQ shop. They have a Texas style Barbecue café, a massive range of rubs, sauces, flavoured woods, meat supply and accessories. They are the manufacturer and distributor of Manhorne BBQ smokers. With a competitive Award Winning BBQ Team, including a 1st placing at Meatstock in Sydney, they became completely addicted to barbecuing and decided to share the products they love and recommend with as many fellow BBQ lovers (and beginners) as possible. On the same site you can check out Full Throttle Custom Garage. Full Throttle Custom Garage is a brand-new state of the art facility specialising in modern performance enhancements & classic vehicle restorations. Address: Unit 2/10 Yangan Dr, Beresfield NSW 2322 Full Throttle Cafe www.ftbbq.com.au Full Throttle Custom Garage www.fullthrottlecustomgarage.com.au
Full Throttle BBQ & Cafe
10 Yangan Drive
Full Throttle BBQ is your one stop low and slow BBQ shop. They have a Texas style Barbecue café, a massive range of rubs, sauces, flavoured woods, meat supply and accessories. They are the manufacturer and distributor of Manhorne BBQ smokers. With a competitive Award Winning BBQ Team, including a 1st placing at Meatstock in Sydney, they became completely addicted to barbecuing and decided to share the products they love and recommend with as many fellow BBQ lovers (and beginners) as possible. On the same site you can check out Full Throttle Custom Garage. Full Throttle Custom Garage is a brand-new state of the art facility specialising in modern performance enhancements & classic vehicle restorations. Address: Unit 2/10 Yangan Dr, Beresfield NSW 2322 Full Throttle Cafe www.ftbbq.com.au Full Throttle Custom Garage www.fullthrottlecustomgarage.com.au
Counter-serve cafe chain with a hipster vibe, selling brekkies & light lunches made in-store. Located in: Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre Address: Shop T1080/1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Menu: soulorigin.com.au Phone: (02) 8324 6007
Soul Origin
1 Molly Morgan Drive
Counter-serve cafe chain with a hipster vibe, selling brekkies & light lunches made in-store. Located in: Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre Address: Shop T1080/1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Menu: soulorigin.com.au Phone: (02) 8324 6007
Hong Kong Chef is a yum cha local. Offering dine in or take away options. You can find their menu online. Located in: Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre Address: 1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Phone: (02) 4006 3969
Hong Kong Chef
1 Molly Morgan Drive
Hong Kong Chef is a yum cha local. Offering dine in or take away options. You can find their menu online. Located in: Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre Address: 1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Phone: (02) 4006 3969
The George Tavern is Maitland's premier award winning Tavern. Located just next to Stockland Greenhills. Casual venue turning out burgers, pasta and seafood, with karaoke nights and weekend DJs. Address: 531 Princes Hwy, Rockdale NSW 2216 Phone: (02) 9567 3048
The George Tavern
3 Molly Morgan Dr
The George Tavern is Maitland's premier award winning Tavern. Located just next to Stockland Greenhills. Casual venue turning out burgers, pasta and seafood, with karaoke nights and weekend DJs. Address: 531 Princes Hwy, Rockdale NSW 2216 Phone: (02) 9567 3048
The Happy Wombat is a friendly, comfortable resturant/bar in Newcastle, NSW. Where everyone is welcome. They have a strong emphasis on Australian Craft Beer, Spirits and Food. 575 Hunter St., Newcastle. N.S.W. 2300. reservations@thehappywombat.com Phone: (02) 4926 2010 Mon-Thur 7.00.am-10pm Fri 7.00.am-Midnight Sat 8am-Midnight Sun 8am-12pm
The Happy Wombat
575 Hunter St
The Happy Wombat is a friendly, comfortable resturant/bar in Newcastle, NSW. Where everyone is welcome. They have a strong emphasis on Australian Craft Beer, Spirits and Food. 575 Hunter St., Newcastle. N.S.W. 2300. reservations@thehappywombat.com Phone: (02) 4926 2010 Mon-Thur 7.00.am-10pm Fri 7.00.am-Midnight Sat 8am-Midnight Sun 8am-12pm
Rustica offers stunning views overlooking Newcastle Beach. Mediterranean cuisine and a full selection of fine wines. Rustica Newcastle Beach was established in 2011, and offers diners a varied menu featuring dishes from tapas, to main fare, that is typical of med-basin Mediterranean cuisine. Their chefs source local product where they can, including Port Stephens oysters, Upper Hunter lamb, and Hunter Valley verjuice. Call 02 4929 3333 to book your reservation for casual or corporate dining today. $$ - $$$, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options. U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle
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Rustica Newcastle Beach
1 King St
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Rustica offers stunning views overlooking Newcastle Beach. Mediterranean cuisine and a full selection of fine wines. Rustica Newcastle Beach was established in 2011, and offers diners a varied menu featuring dishes from tapas, to main fare, that is typical of med-basin Mediterranean cuisine. Their chefs source local product where they can, including Port Stephens oysters, Upper Hunter lamb, and Hunter Valley verjuice. Call 02 4929 3333 to book your reservation for casual or corporate dining today. $$ - $$$, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options. U 2 1 King St | Newcastle Beach, Newcastle
Hip, seafood-focused Australian eatery with outdoor tables under palm trees, plus a takeaway menu. Address: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East NSW 2300 Phone: (02) 4926 3780 $$ - $$$, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Scottie's
36 Scott Street
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Hip, seafood-focused Australian eatery with outdoor tables under palm trees, plus a takeaway menu. Address: 36 Scott St, Newcastle East NSW 2300 Phone: (02) 4926 3780 $$ - $$$, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Muse Restaurant is one of the Hunter Valley's most awarded restaurants and an exquisite dining experience in the heart of Pokolbin area of the Hunter Valley. Located on Broke Rd in the Hunter Valley, Muse Dining’s spectacular building sets the scene for what becomes a food journey to remember. Soaring space with a large fireplace, for Modern Australian dishes with a local and seasonal focus. Address: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Menu: musedining.com.au Reservations: thefork.com.au Phone: (02) 4998 6777
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Muse Restaurant
2450 Broke Rd
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Muse Restaurant is one of the Hunter Valley's most awarded restaurants and an exquisite dining experience in the heart of Pokolbin area of the Hunter Valley. Located on Broke Rd in the Hunter Valley, Muse Dining’s spectacular building sets the scene for what becomes a food journey to remember. Soaring space with a large fireplace, for Modern Australian dishes with a local and seasonal focus. Address: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Menu: musedining.com.au Reservations: thefork.com.au Phone: (02) 4998 6777
Peterson House is the first stop often taken when visiting the Hunter Valley wineries. Located at the gateway of the Hunter, the picturesque property is home to the largest array of sparkling wines in the region.​ Our Cellar Door boasts over 40 varieties of red and white sparkling wine to taste, plus we have a wide range of souvenirs inspired by our motto ... “Life’s Flat Without Bubbles”. After you have been indulged on their delicious bubbles, head on over to their award-winning Restaurant Cuvee. Here you can sample fresh, seasonal produce in the a la carte restaurant, or choose a more casual dining experience with the Weekend Oyster Bar. ​ Have one more Hunter Valley experience before you head home, visit them in the morning and enjoy their famous Bubbly Breakfast! Address: Broke Rd & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: (02) 4998 7881
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Peterson House - Hunter Valley Winery
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Peterson House is the first stop often taken when visiting the Hunter Valley wineries. Located at the gateway of the Hunter, the picturesque property is home to the largest array of sparkling wines in the region.​ Our Cellar Door boasts over 40 varieties of red and white sparkling wine to taste, plus we have a wide range of souvenirs inspired by our motto ... “Life’s Flat Without Bubbles”. After you have been indulged on their delicious bubbles, head on over to their award-winning Restaurant Cuvee. Here you can sample fresh, seasonal produce in the a la carte restaurant, or choose a more casual dining experience with the Weekend Oyster Bar. ​ Have one more Hunter Valley experience before you head home, visit them in the morning and enjoy their famous Bubbly Breakfast! Address: Broke Rd & Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320 Phone: (02) 4998 7881
Located just outside of Cessnock at Nulkaba, Potters Brewery offers daily tours and a taste of its award-winning beers. With its own microbrewery, Potters Hotel Brewery Resort has something for everyone. Potters Brickworks Brasserie serves a selection of dishes paired with matching brews. It has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and a Lounge Bar with a roaring fire in winter. Situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens in the Hunter Valley, Potters Hotel Brewery Resort is just a 10-minute drive from Hunter Valley Gardens and 15 minutes from Cessnock town centre. Facilities; Tennis Court, Children's Playground, Accommodation, and Function facilities. Address: Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba NSW 2325 Phone: (02) 4991 7922
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Potters Hotel Brewery Resort
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Located just outside of Cessnock at Nulkaba, Potters Brewery offers daily tours and a taste of its award-winning beers. With its own microbrewery, Potters Hotel Brewery Resort has something for everyone. Potters Brickworks Brasserie serves a selection of dishes paired with matching brews. It has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and a Lounge Bar with a roaring fire in winter. Situated on 11 acres of landscaped gardens in the Hunter Valley, Potters Hotel Brewery Resort is just a 10-minute drive from Hunter Valley Gardens and 15 minutes from Cessnock town centre. Facilities; Tennis Court, Children's Playground, Accommodation, and Function facilities. Address: Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba NSW 2325 Phone: (02) 4991 7922
Traditional Thai cuisine served in a casual, long-running restaurant. Dine-in and take away options available. Address: 473 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Menu: maneeyathai.com.au Phone: (02) 4933 1717
Maneeya Thai Restaurant
473 High Street
Traditional Thai cuisine served in a casual, long-running restaurant. Dine-in and take away options available. Address: 473 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Menu: maneeyathai.com.au Phone: (02) 4933 1717
Here at The Whistler we are all about quality. As the saying goes - "We're here for a good time, not a long time." So come join us as we showcase the best food & booze this fine town has to offer, with over 16 quality craft beers on tap and a cocktail menu to rival any underground Melbourne hipster bar, you'll be sure to find something here that tickles you right where it feels good. Address: 436 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Menu: thewhistler.com.au Reservations: thewhistler.com.au Phone: (02) 4052 8510
The Whistler
436 High St
Here at The Whistler we are all about quality. As the saying goes - "We're here for a good time, not a long time." So come join us as we showcase the best food & booze this fine town has to offer, with over 16 quality craft beers on tap and a cocktail menu to rival any underground Melbourne hipster bar, you'll be sure to find something here that tickles you right where it feels good. Address: 436 High St, Maitland NSW 2320 Menu: thewhistler.com.au Reservations: thewhistler.com.au Phone: (02) 4052 8510
Food. Family. Fun. Enjoy live music every Saturday night. Kookaburra’s Brasserie and Grill offers an extensive budget conscious menu, as well as weekly specials. Two children’s play areas. Bingo every Monday & Friday morning and Thursday evening. Social bowls. Function and event packages. Address: Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327 Phone: 02 4937 1676 Email: info@kurrikurribowlingclub.com.au Website: www.kurrikurribowlingclub.com.au Location: Kurri Kurri
Kurri Kurri Bowling Club
Food. Family. Fun. Enjoy live music every Saturday night. Kookaburra’s Brasserie and Grill offers an extensive budget conscious menu, as well as weekly specials. Two children’s play areas. Bingo every Monday & Friday morning and Thursday evening. Social bowls. Function and event packages. Address: Tarro Street, Kurri Kurri NSW 2327 Phone: 02 4937 1676 Email: info@kurrikurribowlingclub.com.au Website: www.kurrikurribowlingclub.com.au Location: Kurri Kurri
Beaches
Newcastle's highest profile beach, it is a favoured swimming spot for family groups and those learning to surf and some of the local dolphins. The first beach on the Bather's Way, take a walk along the break-wall and to Nobby's Lighthouse. The walk from Nobbys to Newcastle Beach taked in Newcastle Ocean baths and the Historic Soldier's Baths Rock Pool. Catch the Light Rail to the Newcastle Beach stop, and walk from there, or parking available onsite. Offering picnic areas with BBQ grills.
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Nobbys Beach
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Newcastle's highest profile beach, it is a favoured swimming spot for family groups and those learning to surf and some of the local dolphins. The first beach on the Bather's Way, take a walk along the break-wall and to Nobby's Lighthouse. The walk from Nobbys to Newcastle Beach taked in Newcastle Ocean baths and the Historic Soldier's Baths Rock Pool. Catch the Light Rail to the Newcastle Beach stop, and walk from there, or parking available onsite. Offering picnic areas with BBQ grills.
Merewether Beach, home of international surfing competition, Surfest, the reserve stretches from Dixon Park in the north to Burwood Beach in the south - with superb views in all directions. Enjoy a coffee at a beachside cafe and watch as locals walk their dogs, parents juggle caffeine and kids with sandy hair, and the surfers roll-up by the dozen. Walk a bit further down the beach promenade and you'll find Merewether Ocean Baths, the largest Ocean Baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Merewether Beach
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Merewether Beach, home of international surfing competition, Surfest, the reserve stretches from Dixon Park in the north to Burwood Beach in the south - with superb views in all directions. Enjoy a coffee at a beachside cafe and watch as locals walk their dogs, parents juggle caffeine and kids with sandy hair, and the surfers roll-up by the dozen. Walk a bit further down the beach promenade and you'll find Merewether Ocean Baths, the largest Ocean Baths complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
Newcastle Beach has a reputation for being one of the best surf locations in Australia and is a favoured spot for board riders wishing to catch that perfect wave off Newcastle Point. Lifeguard Services are provided seven days a week during swimming season. A stroll between Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach will take approximately 15 minutes along the scenic Bather’s Way, with iconic Newcastle Ocean Baths in between. There is easy access from Newcastle Central Business District, train and bus facilities. Plus it has a kiosk and shaded table area, (kiosk open during swimming season), volley ball nets and change room facilities available.
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Newcastle Beach
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Newcastle Beach has a reputation for being one of the best surf locations in Australia and is a favoured spot for board riders wishing to catch that perfect wave off Newcastle Point. Lifeguard Services are provided seven days a week during swimming season. A stroll between Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach will take approximately 15 minutes along the scenic Bather’s Way, with iconic Newcastle Ocean Baths in between. There is easy access from Newcastle Central Business District, train and bus facilities. Plus it has a kiosk and shaded table area, (kiosk open during swimming season), volley ball nets and change room facilities available.
This sheltered beach was once a women only bathing Beach. Today, it’s a good location to bring your kids too. Horseshoe Beach is also an Off-Leash Location for dogs. FACILITIES Bike Racks Public Male/Female Toilet & Showers Covered & non-covered seating Outside showers Concrete pathway Nearby is a kiosk for hot take away food & drinks.
Horseshoe Beach
This sheltered beach was once a women only bathing Beach. Today, it’s a good location to bring your kids too. Horseshoe Beach is also an Off-Leash Location for dogs. FACILITIES Bike Racks Public Male/Female Toilet & Showers Covered & non-covered seating Outside showers Concrete pathway Nearby is a kiosk for hot take away food & drinks.
Dudley Beach (NSW 249) is located on the southern side of Little Redhead Point and trends due southwest for 1.3 km, to the beginning of a high rocky section of coast. The suburb of Dudley is located on the 100 m high clifftop 1 km south of each. Attempts to build a road to the beach were made early last century when Dudley was a large coal mining town but with no beach access. In 1930 a surf club known as Dudley-Whitebridge was formed to patrol the beach. However no road came and the club ceased in 1935. A road does now lead to the beach with two parking areas in the centre of the beach, one located for viewing, the other for beach access. The beach faces southeast, receives high waves averaging 1.6 m and has a well developed bar and rips system, usually consisting of 4-5 beach rips and two strong permanent rips against the rocks. Two small creeks cross the beach toward each end.
Dudley Beach
Dudley Beach (NSW 249) is located on the southern side of Little Redhead Point and trends due southwest for 1.3 km, to the beginning of a high rocky section of coast. The suburb of Dudley is located on the 100 m high clifftop 1 km south of each. Attempts to build a road to the beach were made early last century when Dudley was a large coal mining town but with no beach access. In 1930 a surf club known as Dudley-Whitebridge was formed to patrol the beach. However no road came and the club ceased in 1935. A road does now lead to the beach with two parking areas in the centre of the beach, one located for viewing, the other for beach access. The beach faces southeast, receives high waves averaging 1.6 m and has a well developed bar and rips system, usually consisting of 4-5 beach rips and two strong permanent rips against the rocks. Two small creeks cross the beach toward each end.
Neighbourhoods
Heddon Greta is a lovely, quite and friendly town just 20 minutes from the award winning Hunter Valley Wineries. This cute town is also part of the new Hunter Expressway, where there is a flyover between Heddon Greta and Kurri Kurri, taking you straight to the Hunter Valley area. The Heddon Greta Hotel has been lovely refurbished pub to chat and make friends with the locals. Only 3 minutes drive to Kurri Kurri where you will find all your major shopping centres; Aldi, Coles, IGA, BP, Caltex, and more. Heddon Greta boast the only Drive-In servicing Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens areas. There is also a bakery, bottle shop, take-away shop, gold club, and even a beautician.
Heddon Greta
Heddon Greta is a lovely, quite and friendly town just 20 minutes from the award winning Hunter Valley Wineries. This cute town is also part of the new Hunter Expressway, where there is a flyover between Heddon Greta and Kurri Kurri, taking you straight to the Hunter Valley area. The Heddon Greta Hotel has been lovely refurbished pub to chat and make friends with the locals. Only 3 minutes drive to Kurri Kurri where you will find all your major shopping centres; Aldi, Coles, IGA, BP, Caltex, and more. Heddon Greta boast the only Drive-In servicing Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens areas. There is also a bakery, bottle shop, take-away shop, gold club, and even a beautician.
Kurri Kurri is a small town in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Cessnock LGA. Kurri Kurri is the largest mural town in mainland Australia with over 60 magnificent outdoor artworks illustrating the area’s history and culture. Just 5 minutes down the road from Heddon Greta and coming off the Express Way. Here you will find a mixture of retail outlets that should meet your general needs including cafes, pubs, gift shops, banks, chemist, newsagents and even an Aldi, IGA and Coles. For over a century Kurri Kurri was a byword for coal mining in the Hunter Valley. It is a town with a late beginning (it didn't come into existence until October, 1902), a spectacular period when it was rich and prosperous because it was surrounded by hugely productive Hunter Valley mines, and a period when the mines closed and it had to readjust to most-coal mining life. Today it is a charming town with a huge hotel which is an ideal departure point for people wishing to explore the Hunter Valley wine region and discover this important chapter in Australian mining and industrial history. THINGS TO SEE AND DO Kurri Kurri Murals In 1998, as the local coal mining industry was drawing to a close, a committee was formed and a project named Towns with Heart was initiated. Part of the plan was to commission murals and decorate both the town and the surrounding old mining towns - Abermain, Heddon, Greta, Kurri Kurri, Neath, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr, Weston - all of which sprung up with the discovery of the Greta Coal Seam. The aim was to depict the history of Kurri Kurri in a series of murals throughout the town, from the Rothbury riots to the famous Headon Greta drive-in. The murals program, which was initiated in 2003, resulted in works being scattered throughout the district including Kurri Kurri, Weston, Abermain, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr, Heddon and Greta. The result is that today there are over 50 murals around Kurri Kurri and they are a magnet for tourists who enjoy wandering the streets and inspecting these huge works of vernacular art. There is a DVD of the murals available at the Visitor Information Centre. Kurri Kurri Hotel The Kurri Kurri Hotel, located on the corner of Lang and Hampden Streets, is a hugely impressive building which is a reminder of the wealth that flowed from the mines in the early years of the town. It was built in 1904, is three storeys high, has ornate cast-iron lacework on the verandas with extravagant veranda brackets, has large decorative brick arches, inset pedimented doors and windows and quality joinery. It is the town's most impressive building. The Big Kookaburra and Rotary Park A recent addition to the "big things" in the country is the Big Kookaburra which is located in Rotary Park in Kurri Kurri's main street. Rotary Park is not only a good place for a picnic but it is also the starting point for mural tours of the town. Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum The Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum is located in the old timber Pokolbin Schoolhouse (1901) in the grounds of the Kurri Kurri High School in Deakin Street. It contains 6000 items relating to local history and is open Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays from 1.00 am - 4.30 pm, tel: (02) 4937 4418. Admission is free and there is an extensive local history library and archives.
Kurri Kurri
Kurri Kurri is a small town in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Cessnock LGA. Kurri Kurri is the largest mural town in mainland Australia with over 60 magnificent outdoor artworks illustrating the area’s history and culture. Just 5 minutes down the road from Heddon Greta and coming off the Express Way. Here you will find a mixture of retail outlets that should meet your general needs including cafes, pubs, gift shops, banks, chemist, newsagents and even an Aldi, IGA and Coles. For over a century Kurri Kurri was a byword for coal mining in the Hunter Valley. It is a town with a late beginning (it didn't come into existence until October, 1902), a spectacular period when it was rich and prosperous because it was surrounded by hugely productive Hunter Valley mines, and a period when the mines closed and it had to readjust to most-coal mining life. Today it is a charming town with a huge hotel which is an ideal departure point for people wishing to explore the Hunter Valley wine region and discover this important chapter in Australian mining and industrial history. THINGS TO SEE AND DO Kurri Kurri Murals In 1998, as the local coal mining industry was drawing to a close, a committee was formed and a project named Towns with Heart was initiated. Part of the plan was to commission murals and decorate both the town and the surrounding old mining towns - Abermain, Heddon, Greta, Kurri Kurri, Neath, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr, Weston - all of which sprung up with the discovery of the Greta Coal Seam. The aim was to depict the history of Kurri Kurri in a series of murals throughout the town, from the Rothbury riots to the famous Headon Greta drive-in. The murals program, which was initiated in 2003, resulted in works being scattered throughout the district including Kurri Kurri, Weston, Abermain, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr, Heddon and Greta. The result is that today there are over 50 murals around Kurri Kurri and they are a magnet for tourists who enjoy wandering the streets and inspecting these huge works of vernacular art. There is a DVD of the murals available at the Visitor Information Centre. Kurri Kurri Hotel The Kurri Kurri Hotel, located on the corner of Lang and Hampden Streets, is a hugely impressive building which is a reminder of the wealth that flowed from the mines in the early years of the town. It was built in 1904, is three storeys high, has ornate cast-iron lacework on the verandas with extravagant veranda brackets, has large decorative brick arches, inset pedimented doors and windows and quality joinery. It is the town's most impressive building. The Big Kookaburra and Rotary Park A recent addition to the "big things" in the country is the Big Kookaburra which is located in Rotary Park in Kurri Kurri's main street. Rotary Park is not only a good place for a picnic but it is also the starting point for mural tours of the town. Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum The Sir Edgeworth David Memorial Museum is located in the old timber Pokolbin Schoolhouse (1901) in the grounds of the Kurri Kurri High School in Deakin Street. It contains 6000 items relating to local history and is open Wednesdays, Sundays and public holidays from 1.00 am - 4.30 pm, tel: (02) 4937 4418. Admission is free and there is an extensive local history library and archives.
Discover a charming region with a rich history, emerging food scene, thriving arts community, boutique accommodation and packed events calendar. Maitland is a city in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Maitland City Council, situated on the Hunter River approximately 166 kilometres by road north of Sydney and 35 km north-west of Newcastle. It is on the New England Highway about 17 km from its start at Hexham. There’s creativity on every corner in Maitland. Discover vibrant murals on city streets, see artists at work in their studios and pick up works from local creators. Maitland Regional Art Gallery hosts a superb range of touring exhibitions and shows thousands of artworks each year. It’s a good idea to arrive in Maitland with an empty stomach. Join the queue for delectable cakes and pastries, buy a loaf of the region’s best bread, discover a unique breed of coffee shop hybrids and dine all day on the best local produce. The riverside Levee is a delight, too, with an enticing mix of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and small bars. Dine on native inspired cuisine at Coquun, a refined Café, Small Bar, Deli and Bistro or indulge in cakes and pastries at nearby Icky Sticky Patisserie. There’s always something happening around Maitland, from festivals to markets, workshops, concerts and exhibitions. Don’t miss the Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival in August, Riverlights Multicultural Festival in October and the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival in November. With 600 stalls, the monthly Maitland Markets is brimming with local produce. MAITLAND HISTORY From colonial philanthropist Caroline Chisholm to famous boxer Les Darcy, Maitland’s history will captivate you on the East Maitland Heritage Walk. Among the fascinating heritage buildings, you’ll see Chisholm’s cottage and the Maitland Gaol, which opened in 1848 and closed 150 years later. Join a guided tour of the gaol or even stay a night in the gaol. The night behind bars includes a torchlight tour of the former prison. For the history of fashion from the 1860s to present, visit the Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles and marvel at the changes. A short drive away is a fashion icon and one of Australia’s iconic big things – the Big UGG Boots, at Mortels Sheepskin Factory and The Sheep’s Back Museum. There are factory tours where you’ll learn how the world-famous boots are made. The Mortel family business has been operating since 1958.
Maitland
Discover a charming region with a rich history, emerging food scene, thriving arts community, boutique accommodation and packed events calendar. Maitland is a city in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and the seat of Maitland City Council, situated on the Hunter River approximately 166 kilometres by road north of Sydney and 35 km north-west of Newcastle. It is on the New England Highway about 17 km from its start at Hexham. There’s creativity on every corner in Maitland. Discover vibrant murals on city streets, see artists at work in their studios and pick up works from local creators. Maitland Regional Art Gallery hosts a superb range of touring exhibitions and shows thousands of artworks each year. It’s a good idea to arrive in Maitland with an empty stomach. Join the queue for delectable cakes and pastries, buy a loaf of the region’s best bread, discover a unique breed of coffee shop hybrids and dine all day on the best local produce. The riverside Levee is a delight, too, with an enticing mix of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and small bars. Dine on native inspired cuisine at Coquun, a refined Café, Small Bar, Deli and Bistro or indulge in cakes and pastries at nearby Icky Sticky Patisserie. There’s always something happening around Maitland, from festivals to markets, workshops, concerts and exhibitions. Don’t miss the Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival in August, Riverlights Multicultural Festival in October and the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival in November. With 600 stalls, the monthly Maitland Markets is brimming with local produce. MAITLAND HISTORY From colonial philanthropist Caroline Chisholm to famous boxer Les Darcy, Maitland’s history will captivate you on the East Maitland Heritage Walk. Among the fascinating heritage buildings, you’ll see Chisholm’s cottage and the Maitland Gaol, which opened in 1848 and closed 150 years later. Join a guided tour of the gaol or even stay a night in the gaol. The night behind bars includes a torchlight tour of the former prison. For the history of fashion from the 1860s to present, visit the Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles and marvel at the changes. A short drive away is a fashion icon and one of Australia’s iconic big things – the Big UGG Boots, at Mortels Sheepskin Factory and The Sheep’s Back Museum. There are factory tours where you’ll learn how the world-famous boots are made. The Mortel family business has been operating since 1958.
Beautiful beaches meet pristine national parks and pretty waterways on the NSW Central Coast, just north of Sydney. Explore the area's natural treasures on outdoor adventures, meet native animals at popular wildlife sanctuaries, sample local food and wine, and discover a thriving arts scene. The Central Coast is blessed with national parks and nature reserves in its backyard: the Bouddi Coastal Walk and The Coast Walking Track showcase these spectacular landscapes. There are mountain biking and horse-riding trails, too, as well as 4WD touring in stately forests. The national parks on the Central Coast are: Brisbane Water National Park Popran National Park Bouddi National Park Wyrrabalong National Park The shared cycleways along the coastal path connect Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach, Terrigal and The Entrance, home of the daily Pelican Feed. The Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway stretches 12km with plenty of picnic and barbecue spots along the way. The sparkling waterways are popular for fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing, too. Hike through Ourimbah State Forest to get to TreeTop Adventure Park where you can fly through the forest canopy on a rollercoaster zipline or flying fox. Go to Glenworth Valley to enjoy horse-riding in a sylvan setting. Other adventurous options include big game fishing tours, skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking and surf schools. Enjoy a ferry ride on Brisbane Water with Central Coast Ferries to Woy Woy, where you will find Fishermen’s Wharf a top spot for fish and chips. There are many more great places to eat on the Central Coast from rustic restaurants like Saddles to the beach shack chic of Avoca Surf House. Local markets are also a magnet for day-trippers. The Central Coast also has a vibrant art scene – visit the Gosford Regional Gallery, Art House and Ken Duncan Gallery. See the events calendar for the roster of exhibitions. The emerging art scene is complemented by boutique producers such as Mr Goaty Gelato, Bay Road Brewing and Distillery Botanica, which has a fragrant distillery garden. See wildlife up close at The Australian Reptile Park, home to huge saltwater crocodile Elvis and giant Galapagos tortoise Hugo. Meet native animals including Kambala the koala and Hippo the wombat at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, which is a working wildlife sanctuary designed to protect animals that come into care. The Central Coast is around an hours’ drive north of Sydney along the Central Coast Highway. You can catch the train direct from Sydney to Woy Woy or Gosford and the journey takes around 90min. There are also daily shuttles to Sydney Airport. For a scenic trip, take the ferry from Palm Beach to Ettalong. There is a huge range of accommodation on the Central Coast with something to suit every taste and budget. Pitch your tent in a beachside campsite, settle the family into a stylish holiday house, go off the grid at a rural eco retreat or relax in luxury at a five-star hotel.
Central Coast
Beautiful beaches meet pristine national parks and pretty waterways on the NSW Central Coast, just north of Sydney. Explore the area's natural treasures on outdoor adventures, meet native animals at popular wildlife sanctuaries, sample local food and wine, and discover a thriving arts scene. The Central Coast is blessed with national parks and nature reserves in its backyard: the Bouddi Coastal Walk and The Coast Walking Track showcase these spectacular landscapes. There are mountain biking and horse-riding trails, too, as well as 4WD touring in stately forests. The national parks on the Central Coast are: Brisbane Water National Park Popran National Park Bouddi National Park Wyrrabalong National Park The shared cycleways along the coastal path connect Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach, Terrigal and The Entrance, home of the daily Pelican Feed. The Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway stretches 12km with plenty of picnic and barbecue spots along the way. The sparkling waterways are popular for fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing, too. Hike through Ourimbah State Forest to get to TreeTop Adventure Park where you can fly through the forest canopy on a rollercoaster zipline or flying fox. Go to Glenworth Valley to enjoy horse-riding in a sylvan setting. Other adventurous options include big game fishing tours, skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking and surf schools. Enjoy a ferry ride on Brisbane Water with Central Coast Ferries to Woy Woy, where you will find Fishermen’s Wharf a top spot for fish and chips. There are many more great places to eat on the Central Coast from rustic restaurants like Saddles to the beach shack chic of Avoca Surf House. Local markets are also a magnet for day-trippers. The Central Coast also has a vibrant art scene – visit the Gosford Regional Gallery, Art House and Ken Duncan Gallery. See the events calendar for the roster of exhibitions. The emerging art scene is complemented by boutique producers such as Mr Goaty Gelato, Bay Road Brewing and Distillery Botanica, which has a fragrant distillery garden. See wildlife up close at The Australian Reptile Park, home to huge saltwater crocodile Elvis and giant Galapagos tortoise Hugo. Meet native animals including Kambala the koala and Hippo the wombat at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, which is a working wildlife sanctuary designed to protect animals that come into care. The Central Coast is around an hours’ drive north of Sydney along the Central Coast Highway. You can catch the train direct from Sydney to Woy Woy or Gosford and the journey takes around 90min. There are also daily shuttles to Sydney Airport. For a scenic trip, take the ferry from Palm Beach to Ettalong. There is a huge range of accommodation on the Central Coast with something to suit every taste and budget. Pitch your tent in a beachside campsite, settle the family into a stylish holiday house, go off the grid at a rural eco retreat or relax in luxury at a five-star hotel.
Home to some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains are world famous. With sensational views over the deep valley troughs, formed over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular. Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyway and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond. Jenolan Caves is an underground wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. You can also enjoy lunch in the restaurant and stay overnight in iconic Jenolan Caves House, a popular wilderness getaway since 1896. The Blue Mountains' many bushwalks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. You can also enjoy many mountain bike trails. Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. The leisurely Charles Darwin walk to the Overcliff-Undercliff track is an ideal area for bird watching and enjoying the Blue Mountains National Park. You’ll find many excellent restaurants and cafes in the Blue Mountains. The one-hat Fumo in Blackheath serves modern Australian with a Japanese twist. Try seasonal share plates at Leura Garage, set inside an old mechanic’s workshop; Asian comfort food at Miss Lillian Teahouse; and fine dining at Darley’s Restaurant. Discover unique cultural experiences, from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to the colourful Katoomba Street Art Walk, which features world-class street art. Join an Aboriginal NPWS ranger at the biannual Tree Painting and Art Day and learn to paint traditional symbols using ochre. The Blue Mountains is a 90min drive from Sydney or two hours by train. The region has outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a glamorous boutique establishment near spectacular Echo Point. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley also brings a generous serving of sophistication.
Blue Mountains
Home to some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions and charming country villages, the Blue Mountains are world famous. With sensational views over the deep valley troughs, formed over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are spectacular. Experience wonders at Scenic World, where the glass-topped carriages of the Scenic Railway take you on a heart-stopping ride into the depths of the Jamison Valley. Or jump aboard the Scenic Skyway and journey high over the canyon for superb views of the Three Sisters and beyond. Jenolan Caves is an underground wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Explore on fantastic guided cave tours. You can also enjoy lunch in the restaurant and stay overnight in iconic Jenolan Caves House, a popular wilderness getaway since 1896. The Blue Mountains' many bushwalks include easy strolls to longer walks which lead from the clifftops into the depths of the valleys. The Six Foot Track is a more challenging three-day walk along the old coach road between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. You can also enjoy many mountain bike trails. Wentworth Falls picnic area is a great base to explore the lush world of rainforests and waterfalls along a range of spectacular walking tracks to suit all the family. The leisurely Charles Darwin walk to the Overcliff-Undercliff track is an ideal area for bird watching and enjoying the Blue Mountains National Park. You’ll find many excellent restaurants and cafes in the Blue Mountains. The one-hat Fumo in Blackheath serves modern Australian with a Japanese twist. Try seasonal share plates at Leura Garage, set inside an old mechanic’s workshop; Asian comfort food at Miss Lillian Teahouse; and fine dining at Darley’s Restaurant. Discover unique cultural experiences, from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to the colourful Katoomba Street Art Walk, which features world-class street art. Join an Aboriginal NPWS ranger at the biannual Tree Painting and Art Day and learn to paint traditional symbols using ochre. The Blue Mountains is a 90min drive from Sydney or two hours by train. The region has outstanding accommodation, from cottages and cabins to luxury resorts. Lilianfels Resort & Spa is a glamorous boutique establishment near spectacular Echo Point. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley also brings a generous serving of sophistication.
Newcastle on the NSW North Coast has become the new capital of cool. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it’s now a culinary and artistic hot-spot that’s also home to some of the best beaches in the whole country. There’s plenty to do here, for both indoor and outdoor types. Food and drink lovers are in for a treat. There’s a delicious range of waterside bars, cafes and restaurants on the harbour foreshore promenade. Have lunch by the ocean at the chic Merewether Surfhouse. You’ll find restaurants all over the city, with one street alone (Darby Street) home to over 25 cafes and restaurants. Or pick up fresh local produce at the weekly Newcastle City Farmers Market on Sundays. The best way to explore the stunning Newcastle coastline is to take the Bathers Way, a scenic walk from historic Nobbys Head Lighthouse to Glenrock State Conservation Area. Stop for a swim at the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths and the Bogey Hole, a rock pool built by convicts in 1819. For more outdoor adventure, soar on zip-lines at the TreeTop Adventure Park or learn to surf at the Surfest Surf School. Wildlife experiences include meeting koalas at Blackbutt Reserve, or whale watching with CoastXP and Nova Cruises during the migration season from May to November. Newcastle is a city of fabulous events too. The sporting calendar is jam-packed, from the biggest surfing festival in Australia, Surfest, in February to the Newcastle 500 supercars in November. Music lovers also have regular concerts and the Newcastle Jazz Festival in August. Start with a visit to the excellent Newcastle Museum and the Newcastle Art Gallery. Find out more about the city’s history and heritage on guided tours, including Aboriginal-led tours, walking tours and harbour cruises. There are regular tours of the Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Australia’s only coastal fortification to fire upon a World War II Japanese submarine. Two convenient ways to travel between the historical attractions and the gorgeous beaches are the Newcastle Coastal Explorer and Newcastle’s Famous Tram, a replica 1932 tram. Alternatively, bring your bicycle or hire one and pedal from the heart of the city to the beaches and along the coast. Newcastle is a two-hour drive north of Sydney along the Pacific Highway. Newcastle Airport is only 25km from the city centre and has regular direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can also catch a train or bus direct from Sydney’s Central Station to Newcastle and the journey takes just under three hours. Accommodation options suit all budgets, from backpacker hostels and self-catering apartments to luxury hotels and resorts. Newcastle will get its first five-star hotel, Kingsley, in late 2020. Families will love NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park where they can pitch a tent right next to Stockton Beach.
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Newcastle on the NSW North Coast has become the new capital of cool. Once a working-class, no-nonsense destination, it’s now a culinary and artistic hot-spot that’s also home to some of the best beaches in the whole country. There’s plenty to do here, for both indoor and outdoor types. Food and drink lovers are in for a treat. There’s a delicious range of waterside bars, cafes and restaurants on the harbour foreshore promenade. Have lunch by the ocean at the chic Merewether Surfhouse. You’ll find restaurants all over the city, with one street alone (Darby Street) home to over 25 cafes and restaurants. Or pick up fresh local produce at the weekly Newcastle City Farmers Market on Sundays. The best way to explore the stunning Newcastle coastline is to take the Bathers Way, a scenic walk from historic Nobbys Head Lighthouse to Glenrock State Conservation Area. Stop for a swim at the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths and the Bogey Hole, a rock pool built by convicts in 1819. For more outdoor adventure, soar on zip-lines at the TreeTop Adventure Park or learn to surf at the Surfest Surf School. Wildlife experiences include meeting koalas at Blackbutt Reserve, or whale watching with CoastXP and Nova Cruises during the migration season from May to November. Newcastle is a city of fabulous events too. The sporting calendar is jam-packed, from the biggest surfing festival in Australia, Surfest, in February to the Newcastle 500 supercars in November. Music lovers also have regular concerts and the Newcastle Jazz Festival in August. Start with a visit to the excellent Newcastle Museum and the Newcastle Art Gallery. Find out more about the city’s history and heritage on guided tours, including Aboriginal-led tours, walking tours and harbour cruises. There are regular tours of the Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Australia’s only coastal fortification to fire upon a World War II Japanese submarine. Two convenient ways to travel between the historical attractions and the gorgeous beaches are the Newcastle Coastal Explorer and Newcastle’s Famous Tram, a replica 1932 tram. Alternatively, bring your bicycle or hire one and pedal from the heart of the city to the beaches and along the coast. Newcastle is a two-hour drive north of Sydney along the Pacific Highway. Newcastle Airport is only 25km from the city centre and has regular direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. You can also catch a train or bus direct from Sydney’s Central Station to Newcastle and the journey takes just under three hours. Accommodation options suit all budgets, from backpacker hostels and self-catering apartments to luxury hotels and resorts. Newcastle will get its first five-star hotel, Kingsley, in late 2020. Families will love NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park where they can pitch a tent right next to Stockton Beach.
Forster and Taree Area Stretching from the Great Lakes to the beautiful Manning Valley, you’ll discover spectacular beaches and waterways, beautiful coastline and stunning wilderness in this wonderful region. For dolphin cruises and scuba diving to kayaking and bushwalking, this vast natural playground is unrivalled. Between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Forster is the vibrant heart of the Great Lakes. Hire a houseboat for a holiday on the stunning lakes and spectacular waterways. Along the coastline you can enjoy nearby surf beaches in Hawks Nest, Pacific Palms and Bulahdelah, or explore gorgeous Booti Booti National Park. The riverside town of Taree is an excellent base for exploring the natural attractions, such as the 6km stretch of Diamond Beach. You can also enjoy wine tastings at boutique valley wineries. You’ll find cafes and restaurants serving local seasonal produce and freshly caught seafood. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and shows such as Opera by the Lake. Old Bar and Wingham Explore from Old Bar near Crowdy Bay National Park to Wingham’s historic town centre. And one hour north from Wingham you can amble in subtropical rainforests in Coorabakh National Park. Visit Big Nellie lookout for uninterrupted views over the volcanic formations that distinguish the park. Manning Valley Only 35 minutes’ drive from Forster, the beautiful Manning Valley is home to Australia’s only double delta river system. The Ellenborough Falls in the Manning Valley is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Getting there and where to stay The Forster and Taree region is around 3hr 45min drive north of Sydney and two hours from Newcastle. You can take the train from Sydney to Taree Station and the journey takes around 5hr 30min. There are coach services to both towns. You can also fly into Taree Airport. Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. Near Forster you will find campgrounds in Myall Lake National Park, and near Taree the Coopernook State Forest has a peaceful camping and picnic area surrounded by tall gums.
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Forster and Taree Area Stretching from the Great Lakes to the beautiful Manning Valley, you’ll discover spectacular beaches and waterways, beautiful coastline and stunning wilderness in this wonderful region. For dolphin cruises and scuba diving to kayaking and bushwalking, this vast natural playground is unrivalled. Between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Forster is the vibrant heart of the Great Lakes. Hire a houseboat for a holiday on the stunning lakes and spectacular waterways. Along the coastline you can enjoy nearby surf beaches in Hawks Nest, Pacific Palms and Bulahdelah, or explore gorgeous Booti Booti National Park. The riverside town of Taree is an excellent base for exploring the natural attractions, such as the 6km stretch of Diamond Beach. You can also enjoy wine tastings at boutique valley wineries. You’ll find cafes and restaurants serving local seasonal produce and freshly caught seafood. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and shows such as Opera by the Lake. Old Bar and Wingham Explore from Old Bar near Crowdy Bay National Park to Wingham’s historic town centre. And one hour north from Wingham you can amble in subtropical rainforests in Coorabakh National Park. Visit Big Nellie lookout for uninterrupted views over the volcanic formations that distinguish the park. Manning Valley Only 35 minutes’ drive from Forster, the beautiful Manning Valley is home to Australia’s only double delta river system. The Ellenborough Falls in the Manning Valley is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Getting there and where to stay The Forster and Taree region is around 3hr 45min drive north of Sydney and two hours from Newcastle. You can take the train from Sydney to Taree Station and the journey takes around 5hr 30min. There are coach services to both towns. You can also fly into Taree Airport. Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. Near Forster you will find campgrounds in Myall Lake National Park, and near Taree the Coopernook State Forest has a peaceful camping and picnic area surrounded by tall gums.
Home to spectacular national parks, delicious food and wine experiences and Australia’s country music capital, the Tamworth region has lots of appeal, all year-round. Discover thrilling rodeo, meet local koalas and join in the fun of a world-famous country music festival. The Tamworth Country Music Festival in January attracts star performers and tens of thousands of fans to vibrant Tamworth, the heart of the region and Australia’s city of lights. Tamworth was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to switch on electric street lights on 9 November 1888. The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is open all year and can provide tips on many wonderful things to do and see in this beautiful part of Country NSW. Discover the historic towns of Nundle, Werris Creek, Gunnedah and Uralla on scenic drives through the pretty countryside. From the fertile Liverpool Plains around Quirindi to the New England High Country vineyards near Uralla, the area is one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions. The 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April showcases the region’s produce, cool-climate wines and restaurants. Check out the events calendar for more festivals and shows, or a rodeo at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, which is one of the finest equine venues in the world. Places to stay range from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, guesthouses, motels and farm stays. Or pitch a tent in the splendid Warrabah National Park, where you’ll enjoy bushwalking, and fishing and canoeing on the Namoi River. Camping, fishing and boating are also popular at Chaffey Dam, north of Nundle. Split Rock Dam, near Barraba, is a bird-watching paradise. The whole family will love getting up close to joeys and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. In Gunnedah, you can see koalas in their natural habitat. Other family attractions include gem fossicking and splashing about in the Lake Keepit Water Park.
Tamworth
Home to spectacular national parks, delicious food and wine experiences and Australia’s country music capital, the Tamworth region has lots of appeal, all year-round. Discover thrilling rodeo, meet local koalas and join in the fun of a world-famous country music festival. The Tamworth Country Music Festival in January attracts star performers and tens of thousands of fans to vibrant Tamworth, the heart of the region and Australia’s city of lights. Tamworth was the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to switch on electric street lights on 9 November 1888. The Big Golden Guitar Tourist Centre is open all year and can provide tips on many wonderful things to do and see in this beautiful part of Country NSW. Discover the historic towns of Nundle, Werris Creek, Gunnedah and Uralla on scenic drives through the pretty countryside. From the fertile Liverpool Plains around Quirindi to the New England High Country vineyards near Uralla, the area is one of Australia’s richest agricultural regions. The 10-day Taste Tamworth Festival in April showcases the region’s produce, cool-climate wines and restaurants. Check out the events calendar for more festivals and shows, or a rodeo at the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, which is one of the finest equine venues in the world. Places to stay range from camping and caravanning to heritage pubs, guesthouses, motels and farm stays. Or pitch a tent in the splendid Warrabah National Park, where you’ll enjoy bushwalking, and fishing and canoeing on the Namoi River. Camping, fishing and boating are also popular at Chaffey Dam, north of Nundle. Split Rock Dam, near Barraba, is a bird-watching paradise. The whole family will love getting up close to joeys and other friendly animals at the Tamworth Marsupial Park and Adventure Playground. In Gunnedah, you can see koalas in their natural habitat. Other family attractions include gem fossicking and splashing about in the Lake Keepit Water Park.
From wine tasting in Australia’s oldest wine region to bushwalking in World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter is an appealing escape like no other. Producing exceptional wines, the region also thrives with acclaimed restaurants, festivals, beautiful heritage and ancient rainforest in the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. Fun and informative tours combine fine wine and good food, a tasty mix in the Hunter which grows a rich variety of produce. You’ll taste some of the best wines in the world at the cellar doors, including the distinguished Hunter Valley semillon. Emerging European grape varieties win accolades, too. At award-winning restaurants such as Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines and Margan Restaurant, talented chefs create exquisite dishes using the freshest seasonal produce. Fresh local produce and other delights are available at markets and providores, such as Hunter Belle Cheese and the Lovedale Smokehouse. Hop aboard a Nova Cruises riverboat in Newcastle and travel along the Hunter River to wine country and the historic towns of Maitland and Morpeth. Discover the natural beauty of the Upper Hunter, a region with a rich farming heritage and untouched wilderness. Fish, paddle or swim in tranquil waterways. Join in the fun at the Scone Horse Festival in Scone, the horse capital of Australia. Champion mare Winx was raised on a horse stud in the Hunter region. Each winter the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens hold the popular Snow Time in the Gardens where the kids can go ice skating and build snowmen. The World Heritage wilderness in the Hunter is a wonderful attraction, too. In the Yengo National Park, explore ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Finchley Cultural Walk. Volcanic flows aeons ago shaped the Barrington Tops National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Perfect for a weekend escape, getting to the Hunter is easy. The region is only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and trains also depart from Sydney, stopping at Maitland and Morriset. It’s 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport, which is serviced by flights from Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Accommodation options suit various budgets. There are campgrounds and caravan parks, vineyard cottages and guesthouses, as well as retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses. Check out the events calendar for festivals and markets and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.
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From wine tasting in Australia’s oldest wine region to bushwalking in World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter is an appealing escape like no other. Producing exceptional wines, the region also thrives with acclaimed restaurants, festivals, beautiful heritage and ancient rainforest in the Hunter Valley, Upper Hunter and Barrington Tops. Fun and informative tours combine fine wine and good food, a tasty mix in the Hunter which grows a rich variety of produce. You’ll taste some of the best wines in the world at the cellar doors, including the distinguished Hunter Valley semillon. Emerging European grape varieties win accolades, too. At award-winning restaurants such as Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines and Margan Restaurant, talented chefs create exquisite dishes using the freshest seasonal produce. Fresh local produce and other delights are available at markets and providores, such as Hunter Belle Cheese and the Lovedale Smokehouse. Hop aboard a Nova Cruises riverboat in Newcastle and travel along the Hunter River to wine country and the historic towns of Maitland and Morpeth. Discover the natural beauty of the Upper Hunter, a region with a rich farming heritage and untouched wilderness. Fish, paddle or swim in tranquil waterways. Join in the fun at the Scone Horse Festival in Scone, the horse capital of Australia. Champion mare Winx was raised on a horse stud in the Hunter region. Each winter the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens hold the popular Snow Time in the Gardens where the kids can go ice skating and build snowmen. The World Heritage wilderness in the Hunter is a wonderful attraction, too. In the Yengo National Park, explore ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Finchley Cultural Walk. Volcanic flows aeons ago shaped the Barrington Tops National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Perfect for a weekend escape, getting to the Hunter is easy. The region is only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and trains also depart from Sydney, stopping at Maitland and Morriset. It’s 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport, which is serviced by flights from Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Accommodation options suit various budgets. There are campgrounds and caravan parks, vineyard cottages and guesthouses, as well as retreats and luxury resorts adjacent to championship golf courses. Check out the events calendar for festivals and markets and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.
Tour and Transfer Companies
Finalist 2019 Australian Business Awards - Tourism Sector Hunter Valley. Whether you are looking for Winery Tours, Concert Transfers, Airport and Cruise Transfers, Brewery Tours or Dinner and Night Transfers Lucky's Hunter Valley Tours will be able to put a package together for you. Address: 19 Tennant St, Bellbird NSW 2325 Website: www.luckyshuntervalleytours.com Phone: 0458 079 232
Luckys Hunter Valley Tours
19 Tennant Street
Finalist 2019 Australian Business Awards - Tourism Sector Hunter Valley. Whether you are looking for Winery Tours, Concert Transfers, Airport and Cruise Transfers, Brewery Tours or Dinner and Night Transfers Lucky's Hunter Valley Tours will be able to put a package together for you. Address: 19 Tennant St, Bellbird NSW 2325 Website: www.luckyshuntervalleytours.com Phone: 0458 079 232
Hunter Valley Tours is a small tour service specialising in uniquely personalised tours in the Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Tours are known for their intimate customized boutique cellar door wine tasting tours. ... Making your stay here in the Hunter a unique valley experience. www.hvtours.com.au info@hvtours.com.au 0456 737 888
Hunter Valley Tours
Hunter Valley Tours is a small tour service specialising in uniquely personalised tours in the Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Tours are known for their intimate customized boutique cellar door wine tasting tours. ... Making your stay here in the Hunter a unique valley experience. www.hvtours.com.au info@hvtours.com.au 0456 737 888
Driving yourself around ‘the Hunter’ can be limiting, especially when there’s wine tasting involved and your time is short. There’s a better way to experience more of the Hunter Valley. Just imagine a mouth-watering trip filled with the best local wine and food… and you’re just sitting back laughing! Yes, you deserve one of our wine tours. Two Fat Blokes - Gourmet Tours & Kitchen 691 Hermitage Rd Pokolbin NSW 2320 Australia. Map Tours - Ph: 0414 316 859 Kitchen - Ph: 02 4998 6699
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Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours & Kitchen
1443 Wine Country Dr
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Driving yourself around ‘the Hunter’ can be limiting, especially when there’s wine tasting involved and your time is short. There’s a better way to experience more of the Hunter Valley. Just imagine a mouth-watering trip filled with the best local wine and food… and you’re just sitting back laughing! Yes, you deserve one of our wine tours. Two Fat Blokes - Gourmet Tours & Kitchen 691 Hermitage Rd Pokolbin NSW 2320 Australia. Map Tours - Ph: 0414 316 859 Kitchen - Ph: 02 4998 6699
Explore the vineyards of the Hunter Valley on our wine tours, taste the local beer and cheese, and more! Riding motorbikes for 30 years and offering tours in the Hunter Valley for over 15 years, Hunter Trikes owner Daren is a safe and reliable bet to go cruzin' with. 02 4991 7533 ride@huntertrikes.com.au 332 Lovedale Road, Lovedale New South Wales, Australia
Hunter Trikes
332 Lovedale Rd
Explore the vineyards of the Hunter Valley on our wine tours, taste the local beer and cheese, and more! Riding motorbikes for 30 years and offering tours in the Hunter Valley for over 15 years, Hunter Trikes owner Daren is a safe and reliable bet to go cruzin' with. 02 4991 7533 ride@huntertrikes.com.au 332 Lovedale Road, Lovedale New South Wales, Australia
Shopping Centres
Stockland Green Hills is a major shopping centre located in East Maitland, an eastern suburb of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. Experience it all with Hoyts, Timezone, TGI Fridays, Chipmunks and so much more. Address: 1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Opened: 1977
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Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre
1 Molly Morgan Drive
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Stockland Green Hills is a major shopping centre located in East Maitland, an eastern suburb of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. Experience it all with Hoyts, Timezone, TGI Fridays, Chipmunks and so much more. Address: 1 Molly Morgan Dr, East Maitland NSW 2323 Opened: 1977
Westfield Kotara is a shopping centre located in the suburb of Kotara in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened in 1965 as Kotara Fair. In 2003 the shopping centre was purchased by the Westfield Group. The centre's major tenants include Coles, Target, Kmart, Woolworths and a David Jones. Address: Corner Park Avenue &, Northcott Dr, Kotara NSW 2289
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Westfield Kotara
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Westfield Kotara is a shopping centre located in the suburb of Kotara in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. It was opened in 1965 as Kotara Fair. In 2003 the shopping centre was purchased by the Westfield Group. The centre's major tenants include Coles, Target, Kmart, Woolworths and a David Jones. Address: Corner Park Avenue &, Northcott Dr, Kotara NSW 2289
Charlestown Square is a major regional shopping centre in Charlestown, New South Wales, a suburb of the city of Lake Macquarie. Charlestown Square is the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Hunter region with more stores and more parking. Address: 30 Pearson St, Charlestown NSW 2290 Opened: 1979
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Charlestown Square
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Charlestown Square is a major regional shopping centre in Charlestown, New South Wales, a suburb of the city of Lake Macquarie. Charlestown Square is the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Hunter region with more stores and more parking. Address: 30 Pearson St, Charlestown NSW 2290 Opened: 1979