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The Hunter Valley is a region with many towns around it. Pokolbin is the most popular--home to major wineries, tourist attractions, and top golf courses. It gets large crowds in the summer, especially day trippers from Sydney and Newcastle. If you're after a more off-the-beaten-path experience, Lovedale is a lovely, smaller town dotted with cozy retreats and boutique wineries and cellar doors (and it's right next door to Pokolbin). The heritage town of Wollombi has a relaxed vibe and is generally more budget-friendly. And although it's small by big-city standards, Maitland is one of the largest towns in the region and can still be easily explored on foot. Its High Street is lined with historic mansions, galleries, and craft shops.
Unlock the gates of Maitland Gaol today, where visitors are invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol housed some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals and has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class self guided audio tour. Additionally, themed guided day tours and torchlight tours by night are regularly available and are a great way to interpret this unique attraction. If you have any questions about Maitland Gaol, please contact our Customer Service team. We look forward to welcoming you to Maitland Gaol soon.
Australian Gourmet Traveller 2020 Winner Best Small Cellar Door. The most beautiful vineyard estate in NSW. A French-inspired boutique Winery, Cellar Door & Vineyard, set on the banks of the Wollombi Brook, against the backdrop of the Brokenback Range. The established 150-acre vineyard has been certified Biodynamic & Organic since 2007 and produces on-site renowned wines with distinguished varietal character. The vineyard is treated as a living ecosystem and all operations are holistic and sustainable. Krinklewood is a must-visit on any visit to the Hunter Valley.
Mortels museum and factory tours offer a truly unique experience inside an Australian company with a fascinating history. Take a fully guided UGG factory tour and learn how uggs are made and get an insight into the production process. The sheepskin industry's rich history is displayed in an informative, interactive way in The Sheep's Back Museum. Browse through Mortels large range of sheepskin products and other Australiana products. Sit and enjoy a delicious meal and coffee in Mortels Café & Gift Gallery. Daily factory tours Monday - Friday 11am, no booking required. Other times by bookings for groups - minimum 8. Tour cost $15 per adult, $7.50 per child to 16 years.
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 activities, nature and wildlife, walking and cycling, festivals and events, history and culture.
Join our experienced Aboriginal guides as they share with you their knowledge of the culturally significant sites of Hunter Wine Country & the diverse uses of the surrounding bushland. The Wollombi and Broke Valleys are home to numerous Ceremony and Lore sites. Our tours follow the Traditional Ceremonial journey to share the stories including why Mt Yengo is as significant to NSW Aboriginal people as Uluru is to the Central Desert people.We endeavor to empower & connect any of our tour visitors to knowledge, understanding & the spirit which is within us all so you can walk away with a true feeling of enlightenment & awareness.Our tours are currently available to book on weekends but if you have a group interested in a mid week tour please contact us.Ngurra Bu, meaning 'little lore camp' is a not for profit organisation whose mission is to teach and share Aboriginal culture to ensure that it continues to be the oldest living culture on earth.
Carinya Homestead, Tara Cottage & Roviana are nestled on a magnificent 100 acre working olive grove of River Flats Estate in beautiful Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley NSW. The property surrounded by stunning olives, wineries and Cellar doors. Broke Fordwich is just a short drive from Pokolbin and all the yearly events. River Flats Estate offers farmstay accommodation suitable for large families, groups and functions. River Flats Estate is great for kids, visit the animals and our own retail store.