Lying just north-west of Newcastle and south of Tamworth, Upper Hunter Country is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, where you can lose yourself amongst wilderness areas, distinctive wineries, and world class horse studs. Explore the charming towns of Muswellbrook with Denman and Sandy Hollow a short drive away. Visit Scone, Merriwa and Aberdeen, each with their own unique brand of country hospitality.
The Upper Hunter Wine District is one of several that make up the Hunter Valley Wine Region. A great place to combine a relaxing getaway with a Wine tour.
Amazing Things to Do, Places to See.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, home to the Max Waters Collection of paintings by influential Australian artists.
Hunter Belle Cheese, Viewing windows into the factory and packing rooms allow you to view the cheese-making process or you might even see the fresh fudge or gelato being made. (viewings only on weekdays)
MUSWELLBROOK HERITAGE WALK, 4.5 kms long, old buildings dating back to the mid-1800s, grand residences, community precincts – testimony to the good times and hard times.
A thriving small town at the heart of fine wine, good food and heritage.
CAMEL FARM TOURS – Learn about the history of Australia and why camels are here. Be treated with a tour of the property covering how the camels are milk and how camel milk makes it way to the shelf.
LAKE GLENBAWN RECREATION AREA – Large spacious park offers a great family holiday or a day trip, a habitat for over 100 species of birds, so make sure you keep the binoculars handy, one of the best freshwater fishing spots in NSW.
Burning Mountain walk – Imagine a fire sizzling below ground for 5,500 years where the fire moves one metre every year. This remarkable phenomenon is reflected in the plants and animals adapted to life around it.
Ellamara – the site of the original settlement of Giants Creek. Includes the historic Post Office and General Store Circa 1860. Local History Museum, Kitchen Museum, Antiques and Collectables Store, Farm and Local Produce Store.
UPPER HUNTER WINE AND FOOD AFFAIR
Held in May, wineries will be showcasing their wines, extravaganza of gourmet foods, local chefs will be cooking up a storm, array of locally made fresh produce such as olives, cheese, breads and chocolate that will certainly satisfy the most ravenous of appetites.
DENMAN FARMERS MARKET
Held on the 1st Saturday of every month, offers local produce including wine, cheese, fruit and vegetables, preserves, cakes, plants and seedlings. From “Paddock to plate”, meet the producers with tastings available.
The King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge Observe the traditional skills of Australian Stockmen and women through an exciting and intense competition over four days.
Scone Horse Festival
10 Days in May, of unique spectacles, showcasing the versatility of the horse.
MERRIWA FESTIVAL OF THE FLEECES
Enjoy the thrilling Team Penning action, exciting Sheep Yard Dog Trials, hilarious Bush Poet’s breakfast, sheep shearing demonstrations, wood carving, dog high jumping, vintage vehicle displays, over plenty of market stalls allowing you to taste, smell and purchase a great range of sensational products.
Held in Aberdeen, a unique display celebrating the region’s Scottish heritage complete with the unveiling of a new Tartan as part of 20 years celebrations. Enjoy Highland and Country Dancing, Pipe Band displays, Strong Man events with the Tartan Warriors to enjoy as well as tug-of-war, three-legged races, and the famed Kilted Dash to participate in.
Upper Hunter offers a variety of dining options from all day breakfasts and lunches to dinner choices. Ranging from restaurants, cafes, Pubs, and wineries you are sure to find a dining experience to remember.
Accommodation in the Upper Hunter caters to all tastes, ranging from elegant Victorian mansions, luxury homesteads, services apartments, motor inns and Hotels in historical buildings, to B&Bs, Farm stays and self-contained homes. There are a variety of camping and caravan parks dotted around the area.
For bookings refer to Visit NSW
Vineyards and Wine Tasting
The Upper Hunter offers food and wine attractions that are deliciously enticing, from wine tasting at cellar doors and cider orchards, to handmade cheeses, olives oils, gourmet condiments and fresh produce markets.
- James Estate Wines
- Hollydene Estate Wines and Vines Restaurant
- Small Forest Wine
- Two Rivers Wines
- Pukara Estate Olives
- Stone Hill Vineyard
- Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider
- Omadale Brook Estate
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.