Hunter Valley is a famous region for Australia’s wine industry. The region has around 120 wineries. It has been developed in recent years and now offers visitors a chance to explore vineyards and partake in wine tasting tours and if you’re feeling romantic you could take a horse and carriage ride and enjoy a picnic. There are historic towns with loads of charm and lots of accommodation and restaurants. It is located about 2 hours North of Sydney.
Besides its vineyards and eateries, there are a myriad places of interest like Lake Macquarie, a glistening lake with magnificent beaches about 12 miles (19km) south of Newcastle; the beautiful Myall Lakes; and the attractive stretch of surfing beaches near Newcastle. Nearby is the Barrington Tops World Heritage Wilderness Site, which, at 5,203 feet (1,586m) above sea level, contains some of the highest untamed natural bushland in Australia. One of the most popular coastal destinations in the region is Port Stephens, renowned for its crystal clear water and golden beaches. The harbour of Port Stephens is home to about 80 dolphins and many cruise boats offer close up views of these animals. Port Stephens coastline is also a wonderful vantage point for whale watching in season.