Also known as Central Pokolbin, Rothbury is located to the North-East of the Parish of Pokolbin, next door to Lovedale, within the popular Lower Hunter Valley Wine Region. Rothbury is a charming area for a midweek break, romantic weekend or golf trip, and is a little over two hours’ drive north from Sydney and 50 minutes from Newcastle Airport.
Centred around McDonalds Road and Broke Road, Rothbury is home to a number of acclaimed boutique wineries and makes a great place to combine a relaxing getaway with a Wine tour.
Amazing Things to Do, Places to See.
WERAKATA NATIONAL PARK
If you’re up for an outdoor adventure, Werakata National Park is only a short drive away. The Deadmans mountain bike loop in the park is an easy 8km cycling track. Accessed from the parking area at Astills picnic area the loop would make a great half day out with a picnic lunch. You will find the parking area on Ironbark Lane, Nulkaba.
For a unique experience, visit Hunter’s Dream to stroll serene lavender fields and an ever evolving Japanese display garden, to leave the everyday behind and do some dreaming of your own.
Featuring The Japanese Garden Display – Take a walk through the exquisite garden (In season all year), The Lavender Field – With over 10,000 introduced plants the beauty and fragrance of the lavender field is truly an experience to remember, (In season August – October). The Olive Grove – with eight different varieties more than 500 Olive Trees growing on the estate. (In season all year). You can also sample the locally produced honey from the remarkably productive hives on the estate. An don’t miss the Fruit Orchard – Oranges, lemons and mandarins all grow beautifully on the estate and the orchard never fails to produce a bumper harvest.
HUNTER VALLEY HORSE RIDING AND ADVENTURES
Located in nearby Lovedale, you can explore the local countryside and the Molly Morgan Range’s trails on horseback, with a range of personalised rides, picnic rides, sunset rides, and riding for corporate groups on offer, covering over 300 acres on the Molly Morgan Range.
VINTAGE GOLF CLUB
Designed by renowned Australian golfer, Greg Norman, The Vintage 18-hole course, is set amongst wetlands, surrounded by eucalypts and vineyards.
RICHARD MERCER GOLF ACADEMY
Located at The Vintage, meet one of Australia’s finest professionals while participating in golf lessons or joining a golf school. With individual and group lessons, come and enjoy a golf lesson and improve your skills.
THE SPA AT CHATEAU ELAN HUNTER VALLEY
You know the 3 R’s of education. Well at the Chateau Elan you will discover a new 3 R’s –
Relaxation, rejuvenation, recuperation. With 17 beautifully appointed treatment rooms and a focus on care, comfort and discretion, you are guaranteed to leave with peace of mind and a sense of physical wellbeing.
SANDALYN ESTATE OLIVE OIL AND BALSAMIC TASTINGS
Drop in to enjoy free Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, Turkish Delight and Pudding Tastings and also offer pasta and sushi making classes. Stock up your fridge and larder with our unique range of Local Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Infused Oils, Balsamic Vinegar, Sandalyn Caramelised aged red wine Vinegar and Olives.
Located at Sandalyn Wilderness Estate: http://www.sandalyn.com.au/
Rothbury is the destination for Concerts and Performances, with Bimbadgen Estate hosting several international performers throughout the year.
A DAY ON THE GREEN 2019
Famous for bringing international acts to the country side, this music festival combines a day in the sun with the beat of good music all while pampering your taste buds with great food and locally produced fine wine.
In 2019, Bimbadgen Estate will host John Butler Trio, Kylie Minogue and Bryan Adams.
RNB VINE DAYS
In February, join the crew at Bimbadgen Estate for the second instalment of a festival known for its electric atmosphere, delectable gourmet food and signature wines, and epic line-up featuring some of the biggest hitmakers of contemporary RNB.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE VINES
Summer 2019 will see Essential Theatre return to Calais Estate for Shakespeare in the Vines, performing the much loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Be ready for an evening of quick-witted comedy combined with great food and wine all under the setting sun.
HUNTER VALLEY CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Discover the talents of many local and national cheese makers, bakers, chocolatiers and chefs, explore this showcase of chocolate, cheese, great food, fine wine and craft beer. Held in July, what better way to spend a winter’s day.
From guesthouses, homesteads and cottages in tranquil vineyard and olive grove settings to holiday houses and a luxury resort with a day spa, Rothbury offers all you need to plan a charming, midweek break, romantic weekend, a golfing holiday or a pampering weekend with friends.
For the full range to choose from visit:
There are a range of dining option within the Rothbury area, including fine dining at The Legends Grill at The Vintage or Esca Bimbadgen, to the true flavours of Sardinia and Italy at Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria, at St Clements Estate. On the northern edge of Rothbury, is Amanda’s On The Edge Restaurant located on the hill of Windsor’s Edge Vineyard. If you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, travel further down McDonald’s Road to Hermitage Lodge’s award-winning restaurant ‘Il Cacciatore’ which specialises in Northern Italian inspired cuisine. Many of the local wineries offer dining options from outdoor alfresco eating to specialised dessert cafes and all things in between.
For more inspirational dining options in Rothbury, and nearby Pokolbin, visit Tripadvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurants-g616341-Rothbury_Cessnock_Greater_Newcastle_New_South_Wales.html
Vineyards and Wine Tasting
With a splendid range of cellar doors dotted among the vineyards, this enticing winemaking region produces fine olive oils, too. The locals now only live in the area but many work at family owned vineyards and wineries, with a focus on keeping the vines in the family. Here are some of the local Rothbury Wineries and Cellar Doors.
Ballabourneen Wine & Co – a boutique producer of fine wines and creates all the traditional favourites, as well as producing the Hunter Valley’s original sparkling Moscato.
Black Creek Farm – Thélème Wines; a family owned vineyard with a large fireplace in the farmhouse and the balconies overlooking the vineyard, they have created a relaxed and friendly French provincial inspired cellar door design.
Hart and Hunter – boutique family winery doing things their own way and having a lot of fun in the process. Offering premium boutique Single Vineyard Wines you can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and tasting, either inside or on the lovely front deck over-looking the vineyard of Gabriel’s Paddocks.
Saltire Estate – with the first floor Cellar Door featuring floor to ceiling windows which look out over the industrial winery, visitors can see where wines are made while they taste them, enjoy a picnic on the large lawn outside the winery with vineyard and olive grove views.
St Clements Estate – a relatively new vineyard, all wines are made from grapes grown on the estate and handpicked.
Lucy’s Run Wines – a small boutique winery, producing about 800 cases of wine per year. Appreciate meeting the owners and growers for first-hand and personal stories from the vineyard.
For a comprehensive list visit;
Visit NSW – Destinations
Hunter Valley Wine Country
Combine these great experiences with the Hunter Valley wine region with a tour
A great way to enjoy the views and of course the sensational tastes of what the region offers is to book a wine tour with:
With pick-ups and drop-offs from your accommodation
Whether it’s for a corporate or social event, our Hunter Valley wine tasting tours are the perfect way to experience what the famous wine region has to offer.
Our tours are designed with our guest in mind, keeping it simple so that all you need to do is enjoy the day.
Since 2001, we’ve specialized in guiding small group wine tours through the Hunter Valley. We’re family owned and operated and are passionate about showcasing the beautiful Hunter Valley region and its wines, providing our guest with the ultimate wine tasting experience.