Australia’s oldest wine region and a weekend favourite that attracts visitors to over 150 cellar doors. Sip rich, oaky chardonnays, award-winning semillon and sophisticated shiraz and cabernet while attending one of the regular vineyard concerts.
- Best for: A romantic hot air balloon ride or a getaway with friends featuring wine tasting and golf or a major music event.
- Popular wineries: Lindeman’s, Mount Pleasant, Tyrrell’s, Brokenwood Wines, De Bertoli, Tempus Two, Audrey Wilkinson Winery.
- Getting there: Drive from Newcastle in 90 minutes or from Sydney in under 3.5 hours. Stay at one of the charming Airbnbs in the Pokolbin region, or splash out for the luxurious Spicers Hunter Valley Retreat.