Explore like a Local

Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Where Can I Find:

Watershed Gallery (POKOLBIN)

  • Free Entry
  • Friday thru Monday 10:30-4:30
  • website 

Tamburlaine (POKOLBIN)

  • Free entry
  • Photography  & art exhibit
  • Call to check what is on
  • 4998 4200

Crowtrap (POKOLBIN)

Gemelli Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Free entry
  • Small Gallery upstairs
  • website

Mistletoe Winery  (HERMITAGE)

  • Free entry
  • Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
  • website

Majors Lane Restaurant (LOVEDALE)

  • Free entry
  • Small Gallery in the restaurant
  • website

Thirsty Palette Art & Wine (LOVEDALE)

  • Free entry
  • Saturday 10am-5pm
  • website

Emma’s Cottage (LOVEDALE)

  • Free entry
  • Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • website

Stomp Wine (LOVEDALE)

  • Free entry
  • Thurs-Mon 10-5
  • website

Dalwood Estate (BRANXTON)

  • Free entry
  • Second Sat of the month 10am-4pm
  • website

Winmark Art Gallery (BROKE)

  • By Appointmen
  • Ring 0429 265 268
  • website

Brokes Promise (BROKE)

  • Free entry
  • Aboriginal art, pottery, paintings & more
  • 725 Milbrodale Rd, Broke
  • (02) 6579 1165

Old Fire Shed Gallery @ Wollombi Cultural Centre  2888 Wollombi Road  (WOLLOMBI)

Gemelli Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Macrame and Painting classes
  • By booking
  • Phone 02 4998 7910

Taste of the Country (POKOLBIN)

  • Conducted by Hunter Valley Art Workshops
  • Contact Val valeriemaude@yahoo.com.au
  • website

Mistletoe Winery  (HERMITAGE)

  • Conducted by Hunter Valley Art Workshops
  • Contact Val valeriemaude@yahoo.com.au
  • website

Thirsty Palette Art and Wine (LOVEDALE)

  • Scheduled classes or make a group booking
  • website

The Garden Cellars (POKOLBIN)

  • See the Tunnel of Beer
  • $2/person for tastings
  • website

Hope Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • 7 days 10am-5pm
  • Paddle of 4 beers $12
  • website

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours (Pokolbin)

  • Beer Belly Tour
  • Half day tour of 3 destinations
  • Cheese and snacks included
  • $95/person
  • website

Gundog Estate (Pokolbin)

Ironbark Hill Brewery @ Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Free Beer Tastings
  • Mon thru Sat 10am-5pm
  • Sun 11am-6pm
  • Paddle of 4 beers $12
  • website

Matilda Bay Brewhouse (HERMITAGE)

  • Beer Tastings
  • Paddle of 6 beers for $15. Return the paddle and get a free middie of your choice
  • 10am – 10pm
  • Happy Hour – every hour a different beer is featured
  • website

The Lovedale Brewery downstairs at The Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

  • Beer tastings
  • Paddle of 4 beers $9
  • 11am-9:30pm
  • facebook

Hunter Beer Company @ Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Tours & Tastings
  • Tours Monday thru Friday 4pm
  • Tours Saturday & Sunday 12pm and 4pm
  • $10/person includes tastings
  • website

Grapemobile Bicycle Hire  (POKOLBIN)

Hunter Valley Cycling  (POKOLBIN)

  • Bike hire for adults and children
  • website

Sutton Estate (HERMITAGE)

PK’s at the Hunter Valley Information Centre (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 8am

Log Press Café @Drayton’s Family Wines(POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 9am – 2:30pm
  • 4998 7513

Café Enzo (POKOLBIN)

Harrigans (POKOLBIN)

voco Kirkton Park (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday thru Friday 7am
  • Saturday & Sunday  7:30am
  • website

Bodega Restaurant and Bar @The Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday thru Friday 7 – 10am
  • Saturday & Sunday 7 – 10:30am
  • website

Restaurant Eighty-Eight @The Convent (POKOLBIN)

The Café at Legends @The Vintage (POKOLBIN)

Restaurant Cuvee at Peterson House (POKOLBIN)

Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery (POKOLBIN)

Andante Brasserie (POKOLBIN)

A Taste of the Country (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Thurs 10am
  • Fri thru Sun 9am
  • website

Oscars Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday, Thurs – Friday 9am
  • Saturday & Sunday 8am
  • 4998 7355

Love Kitchen Kawul (POKOLBIN)

  • Thursday thru Monday Daily 9am – 11:30am
  • website

Spicers Guesthouse and Eremore Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

  • Wednesday thru Sunday  9 – 12pm
  • website

Spicers Vineyards and Restaurant Botanica (HERMITAGE)

Matilda Bay Brewhouse @ Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

Ridgeview (HERMITAGE)

The Deck Café (LOVEDALE)

  • Mon-Fri 8:30 – 11:30am
  • Sat & Sun 8 – 11:30 am
  • website

Red Salt Restaurant @Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

Wandin Café (LOVEDALE)

Emersons (LOVEDALE)

  • Saturday and Sunday 8am-11am
  • website

Nightingales (BROKE)

  • Monday thru Friday 10am
  • Saturday & Sunday 9am
  • website

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday – Friday 9am
  • Saturday & Sunday 8am
  • website

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday thru Friday 10am
  • Saturday 9:30am
  • Sunday 9am
  • website

Panino Restaurant (WOLLOMBI)

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 – 11am
  • website

Great Northern Trading Post (Wollombi)

Oakvale Wines (Hermitage)

Tamburlaine Wines (POKOLBIN)

voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Carriage Tours

The Verandah Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

  • Paella Cooking classes
  • Cocktail classes
  • website 

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Hunter Valley Cooking School; Booking only – website
  • Hunter Valley “Big Kids” Candy Making; By Appointment Only – website
  • Pizza Making Classes; By Appointment Only – website

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheese making classes
  • Book a group experience or check website for organised classes
  • website

Mira Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Greek Cooking Classes
  • See website for up-coming dates
  • website

Majors Lane Restaurant (LOVEDALE)

  • Asian, Mexican & Smoking and Curing Masterclasses Saturdays and Sundays
  • Schedule and details found on the website
  • website

Margans Family Wines (BROKE)

  • Garden to Plate Cooking School
  • Every 2 months
  • website

Millfield Cooking School   (MOUNT VIEW)

Chateau Elan (POKOLBIN)

Heavenly Hunter Massage (HERMITAGE)

Spicers Vineyard Retreat Spa Anise (HERMITAGE)

Nu Leaf Retreat (HERMITAGE)

Ubika at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (LOVEDALE)

Hunter Valley Reflections Day Spa (LOVEDALE)

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Blaxland Inn (POKOLBIN) – Only in suitable weather in the outdoor area only.  Customers need to enter restaurant to order food and drinks and pay as you go.
Twine Restaurant (POKOLBIN) – Outdoor dining area
Matilda Bay Brewhouse (HERMITAGE) – Outdoor dining area
The Mill Restaurant and Brokenback Bar at Estate Tuscany (HERMITAGE) – Outdoor tables that are pet friendly.
Ridgeview (HERMITAGE) – Outdoor veranda area
The Deck Cafe Lovedale (LOVEDALE) – Outdoor dining area
Bistro Molines (MOUNT VIEW) – Outdoor Patio area, dog blankets and mats available

Dog Friendly Wineries

Sobels Wines (POKOLBIN)
 Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN) – Inside, wander grounds with owner, water bowls, Pet Club Members get treats and a new dog lead
Lambloch and Pokolbin Cider House (POKOLBIN)
Wine House Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)
Vinden Wines (POKOLBIN) – Inside, water bowl
Gundog Estate (POKOLBIN) – Outdoor verandah, bowls available for water, dog treats for sale
McLeish Wines (POKOLBIN)  – Inside, water bowl, wander around grounds with owner
Cockfighter’s Ghost Wines (POKOLBIN)
Ivanhoe Wines (POKOLBIN – Water bowls available but must be on leash at all times to protect the resident gaggle of geese.
Wynwood Wines (POKOLBIN) – Welcome in the cellar door.
David Hook Wines (POKOLBIN)
Saddlers Creek Wines (POKOLBIN)
Leogate Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)
Glandore (POKOLBIN) – Fresh water but bring own bowl, tennis balls and dog toys, treats, stroll around grounds on a lead
Oakvale Wines (POKOLBIN) – Inside, wander grounds with owner
First Creek Wines (POKOLBIN)
Ben Ean (POKOLBIN)
Moorebank Wines (POKOLBIN)
De Iuliis Wines (POKOLBIN)
Hungerford Hill Wines (POKOLBIN)
Constable Estate (POKOLBIN)
Hanging Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)
 Irongate Estate (POKOLBIN)
Misty Glen (HERMITAGE)
RidgeView (HERMITAGE) Outdoor veranda area
 Hart & Hunter (HERMITAGE)
Tintilla Estate (HERMITAGE) – outdoor deck
Piggs Peake Winery (HERMITAGE)
Thomas Wines (HERMITAGE) – Inside, water bowl, pet friendly table outside at the restaurant and bar.
Gartelmann Wines (LOVEDALE)
Capercaillie Wines (LOVEDALE) – Allowed both inside and outside winery
Lucy’s Run Wines (LOVEDALE)- Inside, water available, wander outside on the grounds with owner
Stomp Wines (LOVEDALE) – Inside, water and dog biscuits, wander around grounds, wine barrel dog beds available to buy
Briar Ridge Wines (MOUNT VIEW) – Welcome inside cellar door, on the deck and terrace with  water, rest station, Smackos, and wander the grounds with owner
Carillion Wines /Bistro Molines (MOUNT VIEW)- Inside, bowl of water, can lunch with owner in courtyard, dog blankets and mats available
Ascella Organic Wines (BROKE)
Greenway Wines (BROKE)
Margan Family Wines (BROKE)

Other Dog Friendly Businesses

Handmade in the Hunter Markets (POKOLBIN) – Water  and water bowls provided.  Dogs must be on a lead at all times and owner are responsible for any messes.
Hunter Visitor Information Centre

Dog Friendly Accommodation

voco Kirkton Park (POKOLBIN) 02 4998 7680
Krinklewood Cottage/Trains 0428 277 276 – Several self-contained pet-friendly places – dogs allowed inside.
Elfin Hill (POKOLBIN) 02 4998 7543    – Cottage is pet friendly for special needs guests only
Misty Glen Cottage (HERMITAGE) 02 4998 7781- fully fenced garden and allowed inside.  Dogs must be vaccinated.
Estate Tuscany (HERMITAGE) 02 4998 7288 – 5 Dog Friendly Rooms
Deja Vu (HERMITAGE) 6574 7178 – 2 villas and pets are allowed inside
Ridgeview (HERMITAGE) 02 6574 7332 – only approved hypo-allergenic dogs.
Valley View Cottage (HERMITAGE) 0418 262 990 – Pets allowed inside plus there are acres and acres of accessible outdoor areas that provide freedom to be noisy and play.
Hermitage Hideaway (HERMITAGE) 0424184083 – By request only.
Spotted Gums on Hermitage (HERMITAGE)  0422 007 916 – Lilly Pilly Cottage allowed inside the cottage or on the gated deck outside
Billabong Moon (HERMITAGE) 02 6574 7053
Valley View Cottage (HERMITAGE) 0418 262 990
James Estate Guesthouse (HERMITAGE) 0438 945 774 – Pets welcome inside plus there is a fully enclosed yard for fur-babies.
Hunter Homestead (LOVEDALE) 0434 978052 – Dogs allowed inside
Loxley Cottage (LOVEDALE) 1 300 386 170
Englewood Ridge (LOVEDALE) 0417 287 345
Rothbury Escape (NORTH ROTHBURY) 02 4930 7011
Hunter Hideaway Cottages (NORTH ROTHBURY) 0408 499 557 – allows pets onsite. If wanted inside, there is a charge of $25 per pet and a bond required.  Pets not to be left alone in cottage.
Gartelmann Cottage (NORTH ROTHBURY) 1 300 386 170
Grasmere Estate (NULKABA) 1 300 386 170
Wine Country Tourist Park (NULKABA) 02 4990 5819
Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley (CESSNOCK) 1 800 649 156
Hunter Hideaway Cottages (BRANXTON) 0408 499 557
Red Tractor Retreat (BROKE) 0408 400 651
Barefoot at Broke (BROKE) 0413 730 969
Wedge-tail Loft & Wallaby Cottage (BROKE) 1-300 386 170
Wattle Lodge (GLENDONBROOK) 02 6577 6193

IHOP (Hop on/Hop off service)

  • Central Pokolbin Thurs-Mon
  • Lovedale and North Pokolbin Sat
  • website

Hunter Hopper

  • 2 routes providing hop-on/hop-off services
  • Thurs thru Sun 10am-5pm
  • website

Tourist Drive 33

  • Scenic drive from Sydney along the Great North Road to the Hunter Valley
  • website

The Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Whiskey bar Thurs – Saturday
  • Opens at 6pm
  • website

Chateau Elan (POKOLBIN)

  • Wine Lounge
  • 7 nights a week
  • Live music on Friday nights
  • website

Ben Ean / Hunter Belle Cheese Room (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheese & Wine Affair
  • 6 Premium Wines matched with 6 Gourmet Cheeses
  • Daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm
  • $25 per person
  • By booking
  • website

Ben Ean / Hunter Belle Cheese Room (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheese tasting
  • Fudge tasting
  • Gelato
  • website

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory (POKOLBIN)

  • FREE cheese making tutorial
  • Daily at 11am and 3pm
  • 4998 7744

McLeish Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Wines of Distinction Tasting $10/person
  • Bring your own picnic barbeque and wine tasting $10/person (Use of on-site barbeque included)
  • Regional Cheese Platter to go with your purchased bottle of wine $35
  • Regional Tasting Plate and Wine Tasting $32.50/person
  • By booking only
  • website

Tulloch Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Wine & Chocolate tasting $25/person
  • Mystery Wine Tour $35/person
  • Museum Experience $80/person
  • Vertical Red Wine Flight $80/person
  • website

Moorebank Vineyard Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tastings (Saturday and Sunday) $30/pp
  • Bookings 4998 7610
  • website

Peterson House (POKOLBIN)

  • Oyster Bar
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Starting at 10am
  • website

Wine House Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)

  • The Tasting Table Selection of cheese & charcuterie to accompany 4 whites & 4 reds
  • Connoisseurs Wine & Chocolate Tasting – 4 wines from premium tier matched with Cuvee Chocolate
  • Grand Sensory Adventure – Sparkling on arrival and 4 super-premium wines with 4 individual food pairings. Everyday from 12:30pm. Bookings 24 hours in advance.
  • Classic Hunter Valley Semillon Experience
  • Classic Hunter Valley Shiraz Experience
  • Divine Chardonnay
  • Alternative Whites
  • Alternative Reds
  • website

Hunter Distillery (POKOLBIN)

  • Locally made organic vodka, gin, schnapps
  • Open daily 10am-5pm
  • Tastings $5/person (price deducted if you make a Hunter Distillery purchase)
  • website

Usher Tinkler Wine and Salumi (POKOLBIN)

  • Salumi and cheese plates available with wine tasting
  • 10:30am-2:30pm
  • Available to groups up to 8 people
  • website

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

  • Cheeses of the World  and Wine Matching Experience 11am, 2:30 and 4pm daily $30/person website
  • Group High Cheese – 3hrs duration – min 10 people, max 40 – $75/person website
  • Local Producer Tastings 11am-1pm Saturday
  • website

Murchessons Equine, Wine & Dine Tours (POKOLBIN)

  • Equine Wine and Dine Tour (wine tasting and lunch tour)
  • The Brunch Ride (wine tasting tour)
  • Afternoon Trek (wine tasting tour)
  • website

Glandore Estate Wines (Pokolbin)

  • Chocolate and Wine Tasting Experience $20
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting Experience $35
  • Book 4998 7140
  • website

EXP Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

  • EXP.ermental menu
  • Every Thursday night
  • $75/person
  • $50/person for wine pairing
  • Book 4998 7264
  • website

Mount Pleasant Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • The Artisan Cheese Room
  • Cheese platters for wine tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Food menu based on cheese dishes
  • website

Sutton Estate (HERMITAGE)

  • Escape Room
  • The Dare
  • Wine Amazing Race
  • Thursday thru Monday 10am-8pm
  • website

Spicers Vineyard Resort and Restaurant Botanica (HERMITAGE)

  • Seafood & Semillon
  • 5 course degustation dinner matched with semillon wines
  • Last Friday of the month
  • website

Keith Tulloch Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Chocolate and Wine Tasting $30/person
  • Every day by booking only
  • 4998 7500
  • website

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Wine Theatre – Everyday 11am and 2pm; Bookings essential – website
  • The Wine School – By appointment – website
  • Grapestomping and Barrel Rolling Experiences; By appointment – website

Stomp Wines (LOVEDALE)

  • Local cheese & produce platter to go with your wine tasting $15
  • Picnic Hamper for 2 – includes wine tasting and a glass of wine of your choice to enjoy with your picnic $90
  • BBQ Hamper for 2 – includes use of bbq, apron and cooking utensils, wine tasting and a glass of wine of your choice to enjoy with your picnic $90

Briar Ridge Vineyard (MOUNT VIEW)

  • Briar Wine Garden (spring)
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese picnic pack on outdoor lounges and jute rugs.

Ascella Wines – (BROKE)

  • Jack’s Barbeque – book ahead
  • website

Margans Family Wines (BROKE)

  • Winery Tour, wine flight(paid tasting of 6 premium wines) and Gourmet Platter for two
  • website

iHOP Night Tours

  • Wine & Cheese Lovers Twilight Dinner Tour
  • Taste of the Hunter after Dark Tour
  • Friday & Saturday nights
  • website

iHOP Tours

  • Taste & Graze Tour
  • Beyond the Vines Tour
  • Wednesday thru Monday
  • website

Pokolbin General Store (Pokolbin)

Ye Old General Store (Pokolbin)

  • Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village
  • website

Leaves & Fishes (LOVEDALE)

  • Daily 7am-4pm
  • Essential ingredients (ie bread, milk, eggs)
  • Website 

Broke Village Store (Broke)

  • Corner Broke Rd and Wollombi Street

Wollombi General Store (Wollombi)

Blaxland Inn (Pokolbin)

  • Daily afternoon catch-up 4-6pm
  • Tap beers $5 and wine by the glass for $7
  • website

Goldfish Bar and Grill (POKOLBIN)

  • Happy Hour Every Friday 4-6pm $5 selected drinks
  • website

Bimbadgen (POKOLBIN)

  • Sundown Fridays (spring)
  • Happy Hour 3-6pm
  • Live Music 4-8pm

Harrigans Irish Pub (POKOLBIN)

  • Kick Back Cocktails
  • Wednesdays, 5-8pm
  • $12
  • website

Legends Bar @The Vintage (POKOLBIN)

  • 5pm -6pm Monday thru Friday
  • Applies to Tap Beers and House Wines only
  • website

Matilda Bay Brewhouse @Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Daily
  • 10am -10pm
  • Every hour a different beer is featured
  • website

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

Slattery Helicopters

Hunter Valley Helicopters

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Playground behind the Christmas Shop

Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt (POKOLBIN)

  • Open 9:30am – 4:30pm daily
  • website

Grapemobile Bicycle Hire (POKOLBIN)

  • Bike hire for adults and children
  • Open Wednesday thru Sunday
  • Book ahead
  • website

Tulloch Wines

  • Junior Tasting Experience
  • 5 tasty snacks matched with 5 non-alcoholic drinks
  • $15/head
  • website

Gemelli Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Outdoor toys for kids while adults are wine-tasting
  • Open Friday thru Monday
  • website

Moorebank Wineyard (POKOLBIN)

  • Feed biscuits to the sheep (Sunday thru Friday)
  • Take a selfie with Kevin the cheeky goat (Sunday thru Friday)
  • Lemonade tasting while adults taste wine
  • Tall swings
  • Lego playing
  • Kangaroo spotting
  • website

Scarborough Wines on Gillards Rd (POKOLBIN)

  • Children’s activity pack while adults are wine tasting
  • Outdoor hoola hoops and quoits
  • website

Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Children’s toys, books, colouring in and lawn games while adults are wine tasting
  • website

Hunter Valley Cycling  (POKOLBIN)

  • Bike hire for adults and children
  • website

The Gates Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

  • Every Sunday
  • Kids eat free w/any main meal purchase
  • website

Comyns & Co (POKOLBIN)

  • Kids corner with toys, colouring in, chalkboard while adults wine taste
  • website

Murchessons Equine Wine & Dine Tours (POKOLBIN)

  • Pony Rides
  • Riding lessons
  • Horse therapy for able-bodied and special needs children
  • website

Amanda’s on the Edge (POKOLBIN)

  • Outdoor dining with large lawn area where kids can play
  • Children’s menu available
  • website

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Lawn Games – Croquet, Quoits, Totem Tennis, Boules
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • website

Mistletoe Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Saturdays and school holidays, free child-minding and on-site activities while adults are wine-tasting
  • website

Misty Glen Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Kid zone on the deck with toys and games while adults are wine-tasting
  • website

Glandore Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Children’s games/activities while adults wine taste
  • website

Segway Tours (HERMITAGE)

Hunter Valley Adventure Centre (HERMITAGE)

  • Horse back riding and pony rides
  • website

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (LOVEDALE)

  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours in golf buggies at dusk
  • No more than 8 people
  • $20 per person
  • Booking required. Phone (02) 4991 0000 – option 6
  • Kids activities during school holidays
  • website

Stomp Wine (LOVEDALE)

  • Colouring in, outdoor Giant Jenga, Boules
  • Supervised popping of popcorn for the children to enjoy
  • website

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures (LOVEDALE)

  • Tractor Hay Ride to feed farm animals – $20/pp
  • Peddle Go Carts -$6/pp for 1/2 hr.
  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Natural Wildlife Spotlight Tour (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Bush  walking and hiking the Molly Morgan  Range (different packages/prices)
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Bring your own bike (different packages/prices)
  • 49307111 for bookings and enquiries
  • website

Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Jumping Castle Sundays from 1pm
  • Playground
  • website

Hunter Valley Zoo (NULKABA)

Chameleon Play Cafe (Cessnock)

Briar Ridge Vineyard (MOUNT VIEW)

  • Lawn games, colouring in and plenty of garden space for children of all ages to play.
  • Children’s cheese platters and soft drinks while adults enjoy a glass of wine
  • website

Starline Alpacas (BROKE)

  • Feed alpacas, sheep, chickens & piglets
  • Purchase bags of food at reception
  • Open daily 9am-4pm (except Christmas)
  • website

Richmond Vale Railway (PELAW MAIN)

  • Open – First 3 Sundays of each month
  • Plus school holiday Sundays
  • All full size train rides are free after admission
  • website

Hungerford Hill Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • High Tea
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm
  • website

Gemelli Estate (POKOLBIN)

Restaurant Eighty-Eight (POKOLBIN)

  • High Tea Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm
  • website

voco Kirkton Park (POKOLBIN)

  • High tea daily 12-3pm
  • Need to book
  • website

Two Fat Blokes (POKOLBIN)

  • High Cheese
  • 4 courses
  • Bottomless glass of bubbles
  • See facebook link for dates
  • facebook

Hunters Quarters (POKOLBIN)

  • Grand High Tea/Premium High Tea (Thursday thru Sunday)
  • 12-3:30pm
  • 7 days notice required
  • website

Murchessons Equine, Wine & Dine Tours (POKOLBIN)

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Carriage Tours (HERMITAGE)

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures (LOVEDALE)

Balloon Aloft Australia

Beyond Ballooning

Cloud 9 Balloons

Hunter Valley Ballooning

Balloon Safaris

Peterson House Oyster Bar (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music every Sunday afternoon
  • website

Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music last Sunday afternoon of the month
  • website

Blaxland Inn (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music 3rd Friday night of the month
  • website

Goldfish Bar and Grill (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music
  • Every Saturday night in summer 9:30pm -12:30pm and after-parties for all the Hunter Valley Concerts
  • website

Oaks Cypress Lakes (POKOLBIN)

  • Live music in the bar and bistro
  • Every Sat night 6-9pm
  • website

Bimbadgen (Pokolbin)

  • Live music
  • Friday 4-8pm

Harrigans Irish Pub (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music  Friday 9pm-12am
  • Sat 1pm-4pm & 9pm-12am
  • Sun 1pm-4pm
  • website

Hope Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Live Music Sat 1pm-4pm
  • Not on Hope Estate Concert Days
  • website

Brokenwood Wines (POKOLBIN)

Hunters Quarters (POKOLBIN)

  • Sunday afternoons
  • Live music with wine and cheese
  • website

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

  • Saturday and Sunday afternoons
  • Live music
  • website

Twine Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Sunday afternoons from 12pm
  • website

Restaurant Botanica at Spicer’s Retreat (HERMITAGE)

  • Live music every Sunday at Lunch 12-3pm
  • website

The Lovedale Bar at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley  (LOVEDALE)

  • Live music every Friday and Saturday night
  • website

Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Live Music Friday 8pm – late
  • Saturday DJ & Karaoke 9pm-late
  • Live music Sunday 1pm
  • website

Great Northern Trading post (WOLLOMBI)

  • Live Music Most Sunday Afternoons
  • website

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

  • Live Music usually weekends but need to call 4998 3261
  • website

Pokolbin Village Pharmacy at Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

Handmade in the Hunter Markets at Kevin Sobels Wines  (POKOLBIN)

  • Most Saturdays
  • Check dates at:  website

Broke Markets (BROKE)

  • 1st Sunday of the month
  • McNamara Park Broke

Wollombi Markets (WOLLOMBI)

  • Australia Day, & Public Holiday Mondays (Easter, June Long Weekend, October Long Weekend)
  • website

Goldfish Bar and Kitchen

  • Locals night – last Tuesday night of every month
  • 6pm-11pm
  • 2 for 1 pizzas & 30% off house drinks
  • website

Goldfish Bar and Kitchen (Pokolbin)

  • Bottomless Bubbles Lunch
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 12-3pm
  • 5 course lunch with bottomless bubbles
  • $75/person (Minimum 4 people)
  • Booking only 4998-7671

Harrigans Irish Pub (POKOLBIN)

  • Steak Night – every Monday 6-8pm $15
  • Curry Day – every Tuesday 6 – 8pm – $20
  • Kick Back Cocktails – every Wednesday 5-8pm $12
  • Beer & Burger – every Thursday 6-8pm – $22
  • Burger Bar & Pizzas – every Friday and Saturday 12-10pm, Sundays 12-4pm
  • website

Hunters Quarters (POKOLBIN)

  • Locals night on Mondays
  • BYO with no corkage fee
  • 2 courses for $60 or 3 courses for $75
  • 4998 7776
  • website

The Gates Restaurant (POKOLBIN)

  • Feast Night some 1st Thursday nights of the Month
  • BYO $10 corkage fee plus 30% off Leogate Wines purchased on the night (nor corkage fee)
  • 4998-7499
  • website

voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)

  • Epoch Bar
  • Murray Mondays – $5 draught Murray’s beer with any pizza order
  • 2-4-1 Tuesdays – Buy any pizza and get the second one free – same applies to cocktails
  • Whiney Wednesdays – $5 glasses of wine with any food purchase
  • Throwback Thursday – Billards and board games with $12 man-child cocktails
  • Paws ‘n Pizza – enjoy a complimentary snack for your dog in the outdoor pizzeria
  • Champagne Saturdays –  Moet imperial glass $25
  • website

Twine Restaurant (Pokolbin)

  • Seafood & Semillon Tower for 2
  • Sunday
  • 3 tiered tower of seafood and 2 glasses of semillon
  • $100
  • Book 4998 7449.

Brokenback Bar (HERMITAGE)

  • Mussels Monday
  • Seafood Tuesdays
  • Rump Steak Wednesdays
  • Pasta Thursdays
  • Flathead Friday
  • Grazing Plate Saturdays
  • Pizza Sundays
  • $20 with wine or beer
  • 4998-7288
  • website

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (Lovedale)

  • Lazy Long Lunch
  • Every Sunday 12:30pm
  • Secret 5 course grazing menu
  • $49/person

Wollombi Tavern (Wollombi)

  • Monday thru Friday
  • Fish-Chip-Salad $10
  • website

Hunter Trikes (LOVEDALE)

Hunter Valley Vintage Wings Aircraft Museum  (POKOLBIN)

Wynwood Estate Wine Museum (POKOLBIN)

Audrey Wilkinson (POKOLBIN)

Draytons Family Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Free entry
  • Small display of vintage wine-making machines
  • website

Endeavour Museum  (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10.30am-1.30pm,
  • Friday  11am-3pm,
  • Saturday & Sunday 11am-4pm.
  • website

Richmond Vale Railway Museum (Kurri)

  • Open first three Sundays of the month and Sundays of school holidays
  • website

Pokolbin Mountains Road Lookout (Pokolbin)

  • Google for map

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures (LOVEDALE)

  • Tractor Hay Ride to feed farm animals – $18/pp
  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Natural Wildlife Spotlight Tour (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Bush  walking and hiking the Molly Morgan  Range (different packages/prices)
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Bring your own bike (different packages/prices)
  • 4930-7111 to make a booking and enquiries

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (Lovedale)

  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours in golf buggies at dusk
  • No more than 8 people
  • $20 per person
  • Booking required
  • 4991-0000 Option 6

Mount Bright Lookout (Mount View)

  • Google for map

Bimbadeen Lookout (Mount View)

  • Google for map

Mount View Lookout (Mount View)

  • Google for map

Bushwalks (Wollombi)

Bimbadgen (POKOLBIN)

  • Book 3 days in advance
  • Not available on concert days
  • website

Pokolbin Picnic Company (POKOLBIN)

  • Thurs-Sun
  • Book by 8pm the night before
  • Or on Sat before noon for delivery by 2pm
  • website

Calais Estate (POKOLBIN)

Audrey Wilkinson (POKOLBIN)

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

Stomp Wine (LOVEDALE)

  • Stay & Play Picnic Pack for 2 – includes picnic, wine-tasting and glass of wine of your choice with picnic $90
  • Stay and Play BBQ Pack for 2 – includes use of bbq, apron, cooking utensils, bbq meal and glass of wine of your choice with picnic $90
  • website

Briar Ridge Vineyard (Mount View)

  • Cheese picnic pack
  • Daily by booking
  • website

Calais Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 3 gas bbq’s
  • conditions of use apply
  • 4998 7654

Drayton’s Family Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 2 electric bbq’s
  • 4998 7513

Gemelli Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • 4998 7910

Hanging Tree Wines  (POKOLBIN)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • 4998 6608

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • 6 electric bbq’s
  • Plus childrens playground

Kevin Sobel Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • Under cover seating for approx. 60
  • 4998 7766

McLeish Estate Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 4 gas bbq’s
  • 4998 7754

Pepper Tree Wines  (POKOLBIN)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • 4909 7100

Pokolbin Estate Vineyard (POKOLBIN)

  • 2 timber bbq’s
  • 4998 7524

Tamburlaine Organic Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • 4998 4200

Tyrrell’s Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • 3 electric bbq’s
  • 4993 7000

 Undercliff (WOLLOMBI)

  • 2 gas bbq’s
  • 4998 3322

Wollombi Wines (WOLLOMBI)

  • 1 gas bbq
  • 4998 3427

Rally School

Hunter Supercruise

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  •  Segway Tour – By Booking only
  •  website

Oishi  (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Fri 11.30am – 3.00pm & 5.30 – 9.30pm
  • Sat-Sun 11.30am – 4.00pm & 5.00 – 9.30pm
  • Pick up only
  • website

Il Cacciatore (POKOLBIN)

Goldfish (POKOLBIN)

Fawk Foods (POKOLBIN)

  • Menu items
  • Take away breakfast, cheese and lunch hampers
  • website

Sabors Dessert Bar (POKOLBIN)

  • Desserts
  • Thurs & Fri 10am-4:30pm
  • Sat 10am – 9:30pm
  • Sun & Mon 10am-4:30pm
  • Pick up only
  • website

Oscars Hunter Valley (POKOLBIN)

  • Monday, Thurs-Friday 9am-4pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm
  • Pick up only
  • website

Hunters Quarters (POKOLBIN)

  • 25% off the bar menu
  • Pick-up only
  • Thurs thru Sat 12-3:30pm & 6pm-12:30am
  • Sun 12-5pm
  • Mon 12-3:30pm & 6pm-12-30am
  • website

Peter Drayton Wines/Ironbark Brewery (HERMITAGE)

  • Take away pizza
  • Pick-up only
  • Fri nights until 9pm
  • website

Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

  • Daily 12-8pm
  • Pick up only
  • website

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Pantry (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 9am – 5pm
  • Cheese boxes and antipasto packs + more
  • Pick up only
  • website

Brokenback Bar (HERMITAGE)

  • Daily 12-9pm
  • Pizza, Pasta & Tapas
  • Pick-up Only
  • 4998-7288
  • website

Leaves & Fishes (LOVEDALE)

  • Wednesday thru Sunday 10am-3pm
  • Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, sweets
  • Pick-up only
  • website

Blaxlands Inn (POKOLBIN)

  • Weds – Sun
  • Lunch 12-3pm; Dinner 6-9pm
  • Book Courtesy Bus when booking dinner
  • Pick-up and drop-off in the local area
  • website

Goldfish (POKOLBIN)

  • Saturday night 7pm until everyone home
  • Pick up and return within 15km radius
  • Book with Matt 0402 296 201

Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill

  • Drive home after dining
  • Make arrangements when booking dinner
  • website

Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

Royal Oak Hotel (CESSNOCK)

  • Available every night to people who book and eat at the restaurant
  • website

Vineyard Shuttle Service

  • Tues-Sat 6-12pm
  • Outside of these times is subject to numbers
  • Pokolbin central from $15pp return
  • Group discounts available
  • website

Taxi

  • 4990-1111

First Creek Wines

  • Mon thru Thurs until 6pm
  • Friday & Saturday  until 7pm
  • website

Vintage Wings Joy Rides (POKOLBIN)

Locomotion Health Club (behind the Mecure Hunter Valley) (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 6am – 10pm
  • Short-term membership available
  • website

Yoga in the Vines

  • Yoga and wine experiences
  • Contact 0447 323 446
  • website

Nu Leaf Retreat (HERMITAGE)

  • Call for class/session times (yoga, aqua zumba, zumba & more)
  • 6574 7170
  • website

Stable Pilates (POKOLBIN)

  • Calais Estate
  • Tuesdays at 6pm
  • $15/class
  • Contact Jenny 0432 655 013

Stable Pilates (BROKE)

  • Broke Community Hall
  • Mondays at 5:15pm
  • $15/class
  • Contact Jenny 0432 655 0

The Café at Legends @The Vintage (POKOLBIN)

Pokolbin General Store at Pokolbin Village (POKOLBIN)

Fawk Foods Kitchen and Bakery at Pokolbin Village (POKOLBIN)

Hermitage Lodge (POKOLBIN)

PK’s At the Hunter Valley Information Centre (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 8am

Grapemobile Bicycle Hire (POKOLBIN)

  • Wednesday thru Sunday
  • 10am-6pm
  • website

Love Kitchen Kawul (POKOLBIN)

Hunter Valley Chocolate 2320 Broke Rd (POKOLBIN)

Hunter Valley Chocolate @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village(POKOLBIN)

Cupcake Expresso @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

Log Press Café @Drayton’s Family Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 9am -3pm

Café Enzo (POKOLBIN)

  • Sun-Thurs 8am-4pm
  • Fri & Sat 8am-5pm
  • website

Oscars Hunter Valley @Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon, Thurs-Fri 9am-4pm
  • Sat & Sun 8am-4pm
  • website

A Taste of the Country @ Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Mon-Thurs 10am – 4pm
  • Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
  • Sun 9am-4pm
  • website

Sabors Dessert Bar (POKOLBIN)

  • Thurs-Fri 10am-4:30pm
  • Sat 10am-9:30pm
  • Sun – Mon 10am-4:30pm
  • website

Gundog Estate (POKOLBIN)

Matilda Bay Brewhouse @ Hunter Valley Resort (HERMITAGE)

Two Fat Blokes (POKOLBIN)

Cocoa Nib @Keith Tullock’s Wines (HERMITAGE)

Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Sun – Fri  10am-5pm
  • Sat – 10am – 9pm
  • website

Leaves & Fishes (LOVEDALE)

The Deck Café (LOVEDALE)

  • Mon-Fri 8:30-3:00
  • Sat & Sun 8-3:30
  • website

The Lovedale @Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

Binorie Dairy (LOVEDALE)

Panino Restaurant (WOLLOMBI)

Myrtle House (WOLLOMBI)

  • Monday – Friday 9am
  • Saturday & Sunday 8:00am
  • website

Wollombi Tavern (WOLLOMBI)

  • Mon thru Fri 10am
  • Sat 9:30am
  • Sun 9am
  • website

Great Northern Trading Post (WOLLOMBI)

Hunter Valley Visitor Centre (Pokolbin)

Goldfish Bar and Kitchen (Pokolbin)

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen (POKOLBIN)

James Estate Wines (Hermitage)

Cessnock McDonalds (Cessnock)

Myrtle House (Wollombi)

Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Sunday 10am & 12pm
  • Behind the Scene Winery Tour
  • Book (02) 4909 7107

Tyrrell’s Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 10:30am
  • $5/person (children free)
  • Approx. 1 hour
  • Enclosed shoes required
  • (02) 4993 7000

McGuigan Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Daily 12pm (arrive 15 min prior to tour)
  • $5/person (no children under 14 yrs)
  • Approx 45 min.
  • Enclosed shoes required
  • (02) 4998 4111

Briar Ridge (MOUNT VIEW)

  • Taste & Tour
  • Fri/Sat/ Sun at 2pm
  • Includes wine tastings from the barrels
  • Complimentary glass of wine at the end of the tour
  • $20/person
  • Book (02) 4990 3670
  • website

Yoga in the Vines (LOVEDALE)

  • Mon thru Thurs – 7:30pm
  • Weds 6pm
  • website

Nu Leaf Retreat (HERMITAGE)

Wollombi Fitness & Multisport (WOLLOMBI)

  • At Wollombi Community Hall
  • Mon & Thurs – 5:30pm
  • Sat – 8:30am
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