Australia's oldest wine region offers a number of nature experiences.
About three hours' drive north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a popular weekend getaway for city slickers who want to explore its heritage towns, cellar doors, and acclaimed eateries. But it’s also a destination for lovers of the outdoors with gardens and national parks to explore. When camping in the Hunter Valley for a nature trip, consider biking between wineries.
As well as boasting the cellar doors of some of Australia’s most famous wine labels, including Tyrrells and McGuigan, Pokolbin is home to the Hunter Valley Gardens. An eight-kilomtre walking track leads you through 10 themed gardens, including an oriental garden, Italian grotto, and a storybook garden for kids.
Best known for the annual event the Lovedale Long Lunch, a progressive-style feast that takes you to several wineries, Lovedale has lots to offer year-round. Take in the views over the vineyards, trot over the Molly Morgan Range on a horse-riding adventure, or indulge at Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.
Lace up your hiking boots and pack a picnic lunch for a day out in Werakata National Park in the Lower Hunter Valley. Bursting with wildflowers in spring, the park is a great place to spot birds such as the threatened swift parrot and regent honeyeater. Here you’ll find numerous walking paths, bike tracks, and picnic areas.