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“OVER PRICED!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens
Broke Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
61 2 4998 4000
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Pokolbin
Type: Gardens
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Brisbane, Australia
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“OVER PRICED!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Great gardens but $25.00 per person entry is a bit on the expensive side & its an extra $10.00 on top of the $25.00 entry fee to go back later to see the Christmas lights!

Visited November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Christmas lights in the gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

an really spectacular sight. over 1 million lights covering many acres. Food and drink available at a reasonable price. wheelchair friendly. get there early to get a park. be prepared top do a lot of walking and take the camera!

Visited December 2012
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“Brilliant by day and magnificent by night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We just came home from a weekend at Wollombi which was about a 40 minute drive from the Hunter Valley Gardens
We decided to go on a Sunday which seemed to be a great decision. There weren't too many people about which was great as we didn't feel as though we were fighting for space to see everything.
We were impressed with the gardens from the moment we got to the counter to pay to the moment we left... it was just great.
We were given great advice by the lady at the counter about how to get around the gardens and the best time to come back during the evening for the Christmas light show.
We spend a good 2 hours walking through the gardens and just taking it all in.... wow it was just brilliant.... The Chinese section was a real high light for us and so was the formal garden... both of which had great photo opportunities.
After spending about 2 hours in the gardens we headed back to our accommodation in Wollombi for the remainder of the afternoon.
We headed back to the gardens and arrived at about 7:45.... which turned out to be perfect timing for lights which were amazing!!!
I would highly recommend the Christmas night lights for both couples and families... it was just amazing and I can't speak more highly of the experience.
The storybook section was great for kids but the highlight for me was the border garden which had the 12 days of christmas in lights and song.... I just loved this section.
We had an entertainment book which gave us a buy one get one free voucher for the day entry and if you go during the day you pay half price for the evening... In total it cost us $45... which we thought was good value... if we didn't have the voucher we still would have gone to see the gardens but would have felt it a little too expensive. If you're able to get you hands on an entertainment book voucher it just makes the value for money of the experience all that little more worth it.
All in all we had a great time and would recommend the Hunter Valley Gardens to people of all ages. You don't have to be a gardener or in to plants to be able to appreciate the creativity and skill that the HVG showcases.

Visited December 2012
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“ATT Kings Hunter Valley Gardens & Winery Tour - a wonderful day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We primarily booked for the Hunter Valley Gardens, but it first included a tasting at a winery which we weren't particularly interested in, but it was part of the tour so we had to do it.

Before arriving at the Winery, we traveled on a back road via a small town. The ride in the small bus we went in was absolutely atrocious - it was very uncomfortable and it ruined the day completely. It swang from side to side, felt every bump - large or small. It was terrible.

But on a good note the Gardens were amazing! Would recommend in seeing them, they were just fantastic!!

Good day out, minus the unpleasant road trip on a back road to the Winery & Gardens.

Visited November 2012
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“Power fail”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We went to see the light show and there was a power failure. Lucky, they gave us vouchers to go back again.

Visited November 2012
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