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Hunter Valley - August Good Time To Go?

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Hunter Valley - August Good Time To Go?

My husband and I will be in Sydney for 6 days in mid-August. We were thinking of doing one trip out of the city for 1 night/ 2 days, and Hunter Valley wineries seems right up our alley. Is August a good time to go? And is 4 days enough for Sydney (plan on doing all the major sight seeing, including bridge climb, plus maybe ferry to Bondi Beach one day). Thanks!

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Hi

As a Sydney-sider, I would say that of course 4 days isn't enough time, but , provided the weather is good, you should have time for all the major sites.

In terms of the things you've mentioned, Bondi is a must and the walk along the headland to Bronte beach or even further is beautiful and there are plenty of nice cafes and restaurants at either end. You can't get the ferry to Bondi though. You can get the ferry to Manly beach and that is wonderful too - would recommend doing both as they are completely different and a ferry ride is always great. May even see whales at that time of the year if ver lucky!

A walk through the botanic gardens to the opera house is a must and, if you like fine dining, there are some spectacular restaurants on the harbour which are quintessentially Sydney (like Quay, Aria, Guillaume at Bennelong, Cafe Sydney).

In terms of a 1-2 day rom Sydney, it will be a little cold in August and the vines will all be bare, but since the main point of the Hunter is drinking wine, it will be fine. Another option (which I would recommend instead) is to take a 1-2 day trip to the Blue Mountains. The national parks are world heritage listed, towns like Leura are very pretty and there is nice accomodation there too.

Have fun!

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Thanks Loui-fly this is terrific information! And we love finding great restaurants so appreciate the recommendations. I was thinking about Blue Mountains too but thought it might be too cold.

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Personally, I'd prefer the Hunter Valley over the Blue Mountains at that time of the year. Wine tasting, eating and drinking are not weather dependent.

You really do need a car to explore the Hunter Valley as the area is quite spread out and there's virtually no public transport.. How do you feel about driving? On the other side of the road?

Big ticket items in Sydney for most visitors are Bridge, Opera House,Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, Manly Ferry, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbor and possibly Chinatown.

You can easily cover that in the time you have available.

There are lots of really lovely walks around Sydney - Bondi-Bronte is one of them. The Federation Walk from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay is another favorite and gives you spectacular Harbor Views back towards the city.

So many great places to eat both in Sydney and the Hunter Valley - where does one start?

Have a look at www.urbanspoon.com for some ideas. Select your region/city, cuisine and price and see what the local foodies think of each place. www.eatability.com is another foodie website that I find good.

Have fun.

Edited: 7:26 pm, July 05, 2012
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The Blue Mountains are cold in August but I love going on a nice bush walk and then coming back to a cosy room to sit in front of an open fire! The spectacular views and walking trails through the bush are good all year as our native forests are evergreen and it can even be more pleasant to walk in winter than in summer.

Whether you go to the Hunter or the Blue Mountains depends on what you want to do and whether you want to focus on wineries or see some more nature. For ideas, have a look at:

Blue Mountains National Park: …nsw.gov.au/blue-mountains-national-park…

Tourism Blue Mountains: http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/

Hunter Valley Tourism: http://www.winecountry.com.au/

Even if you don't overnight in the Blue Mountains, it is worth a day trip if you have time as it is completely unique.

Good luck!

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Loui-fly, does the ferry to Bondy not run in the winter?

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There is no ferry to Bondi, summer or winter.

The closest is a ferry to Watson's Bay, and then bus.

Bondi is on the coast. The ferries do not leave the harbour.

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Hi Chris

As Margo_oz has said, definitely no ferry to Bondi. Bondi is a surf beach, so nowhere to dock. The classic ferry to beach trip in Sydney is to Manly (Manly is a surf beach next to a harbour). Both Bondi and Manly are beautiful and quite different from each other and you should go to both. Best way to get to Bondi is with a bus from the city or a train from city to Bondi Junction followed by a bus.

This website provides all the bus, train and ferry timetable information for Sydney: http://www.sydneybuses.info/

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Thanks all!

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You will enjoy the Hunter Valley, you must go and see the Hunter Valley Gardens, 21 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Phone: (02) 4998 7466

There is also the Beer Tunnel and a lot of other attractions in this same area.

Enjoy.

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