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Take the drive

In beautiful weather we left the freeway at Calga and drove to Wollombi stopping first at Peats... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Julie T
Sydney, Australia
Romantic Drive

It is really nice drive with 80 to 100km/hr speed limit and scenic view. Sometimes there are bikes... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Sydney, Australia
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Planning a visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country and hoping to take the road less travelled? Why not enjoy a scenic drive on Tourist Drive 33, along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, through the beautiful NSW countryside. Food and wine, adventure...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, Wollombi, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In beautiful weather we left the freeway at Calga and drove to Wollombi stopping first at Peats Ridge café. Then drove through lovely countryside to town of Wollombi for lunch, we choose Harp of Erin Beautiful lunch with homemade carrot cake to finish. We then...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Julie T
Reviewed November 27, 2018

It is really nice drive with 80 to 100km/hr speed limit and scenic view. Sometimes there are bikes and motorcycles around but you can enjoy drive.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

A nice easy ride on a motorbike, with pleasant scenery. Watch out for single lane sections with tight corners and cars coming the other way!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This was easily one of my top 3 rides I've ever went for, and the best one in NSW! As it was a return trip from the wine country (Pokolbin) to Sydney, I left around 10 am and was so fortunate to not meet another...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

A drive along this route is a pleasant escape from the outside world. The farms look great, the scenery is relaxing and history is everywhere. A special bonus on a sunny weekend is sharing the day with the chrome and beards of hundreds of motorcycle...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank JustMe-Pete
Reviewed May 6, 2018

went for an improptu drive not knowing how far it was away but throughly loved the drive and the unexpected treasures

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Short drive out of Sydney for a weekend away in Wollombi. Lots to see along the way. Great part of the whole experience.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Going up to the Hunter Valley from Sydney, we opted to take a route different from the M1, which can be faster, but far less interesting. Turning off the M1 at Peat's Ridge Exit, we drove though small and interesting villages, nearby bridges built by...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

The road is narrow with uneven edges, winding and I thought extremely bumpy but a much nicer way to see the countryside rather than take the freeway. Nowhere as busy as the freeway either. Nice valleys, rows of milk can letterboxes, quaint house and at...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank aussietraveller59
Reviewed January 1, 2018

If you are visiting Hunter from Sydney this is the route to take. Very scenic through the convict trail and takes you through Wollombi to Cessnock. There are few stops and trails on the way and I absolutely enjoyed the drive.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Response from RodGarnett | Reviewed this property |
I forgot to answer you question fully. This isn't the rainy season (we don't have one in Sydney) and there is only one river crossing and it should be good in almost any conditions. Most of the time you will be in quite... More