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Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

1. Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Enjoy a day tasting Australia's wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. Get picked up from your hotel and visit 3 local boutique wineries and distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. Taste chocolates enjoy fine wines paired with Australian cheeses to your tastebuds exploring the flavors of Australia's first wine region. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a glass of wine, beer, or cider to wash it down. Enjoy some free time to marvel at the views or go for a wander, if you like. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel in Hunter Valley.

From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

2. From Pokolbin: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy an award-winning tour from Pokolbin which travels into the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's best known wine regions. Sit down to a delicious local lunch with a drink. Immerse yourself in Hunter Valley wines. Be picked up from the convenience of your accommodation in Pokolbin. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned, and well-maintained vehicle. Take in the lush rolling hills of the Hunter Valley on your way to wineries, cellar doors, and vineyards.  Sample fine wines at 3-4 wine cellars. Savor local flavors at a tasting at in Hunter Distillery. Have a fresh lunch before visiting a cheese outlet. Indulge in something sweet at a handmade chocolate and fudge shop.  Let your local host delight you with commentary along the way. Sip on chilled water to keep you hydrated during the tour. Spot local wildlife like kangaroos as you travel. Return to your accommodation in Pokolbin at the end of the tour. 

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

3. Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun. From the meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board the custom-built off-road vehicle to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The dunes stretch 32 kilometers, the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 40 meters high, the same as a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once you are in the dunes, the team will give you a rundown on sandboarding and how to use the handmade custom-designed boards for maximum safety and speed. Then you are off. Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your board, then slide on down and repeat. Your ticket includes unlimited sandboarding so you can stay and play as long as you like. For most people that’s about 1 – 1.5 hours. When you're done just jump back aboard one of the 4WD buses, that leave every half an hour, and be taken back to the Birubi Beach starting point. It’s an amazing experience for everyone, no matter your age. The instructors are always on hand to help, answer any questions about sandboarding, Port Stephens or the dunes and to make sure you have maximum fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll have the chance to capture some amazing Port Stephens holiday snaps.

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

4. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

This tour provides 1 Guide per 5 people so most groups have two guides, one out the front leading you around and one as a tail end to make sure no one gets left behind. This means you get a fantastic experience with highly informative guide throughout! Ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes. Be led by your guide as you travel over more and more challenging sand dunes with the only local tour provider that has access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach. The large sand dunes can be from 12 - 30 meters high. The tours are tailored to meet the needs and experience of the customers. Sand boarding can be added to the 2-hour quad bike tour. No licence is required. 

Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

5. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Hunter Valley: Wine, Spirits, and Cheese Tour with Lunch

6. Hunter Valley: Wine, Spirits, and Cheese Tour with Lunch

Taste some of the finest wines produced in Australia on an amazing tasting tour of the Hunter Valley. Sample the best of the region's produce including cheeses, chocolates and other culinary treats. Quench your thirst with a local beer and sample distilled spirits and liqueurs. Travel in a small group with a great music playlist for a relaxed style and pace. Get inside knowledge about the boutique wineries and other producers of this extraordinary region. Take part in 3 fun and educational wine tastings to sample both red and white varietals with local gurus. Enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine or more. Try organic vodka, schnapps, gin and liqueurs served in test tubes along the way. Choose from different flavors, such as mango, chocolate mint, or chili if you are feeling brave.

From Pokolbin: Picnic and Wine Tasting

7. From Pokolbin: Picnic and Wine Tasting

Experience the Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door,  located in a prime position at the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges with spectacular views of the Hunter Valley. From the cellar door you will be guided to the on-site museum with plenty of history to see and learn. You will be guided by an experienced host through a wine Master-Class before enjoying a premium tasting of the showcase wines, which the winemakers consider to be classic varietals. Once you have completed your tasting and hopefully picked a favorite wine, you can collect your packed picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and head to one of the scenic spots on site.  Sit among the vines and enjoy the stunning views, pick a sunny spot on the lawn over looking the surrounding regions or set up at one of our undercover tables on the verandah. The experience truly is your own, enjoy it as a couple or with a group of friends.

Hunter Valley: Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

8. Hunter Valley: Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

Embark on a guided trip to popular breweries and award-winning wineries in Hunter Valley. Learn about wine and beer production, enjoy beer and wine tastings, a full lunch, and the comfort of traveling in a small group.  Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup service and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive around Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how beer and wine are made.  Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted beers, and refreshing ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

9. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Can you picture yourself exploring the stunning Hunter Valley wine region, tasting some of Australia’s best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beer, and distilled spirits? Small groups, a great music playlist, a relaxed style, and inside knowledge make this experience feel like you are with a group of friends heading out for a fun day. Participate in three relaxed, educational wine tastings of reds and whites with local gurus and enjoy some free time to unwind over lunch with a glass of wine. Learn about the process of winemaking and see it firsthand on an exclusive behind-the-scenes wine production tour. Sample delicious cheeses and chocolate throughout the day and visit the Hunter Distillery, where organic vodka, schnapps, gin, and liqueur tastings are served in test tubes. Try the mango, choc mint, or chili (if you’re brave enough), plus lots more. See why this stop has become a highlight of the tour for some.

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

10. Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

Take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements and uncover a city with a disturbing criminal past. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, your guide will engross you with tales of famous crimes that unfolded right where you stand. The tour takes you to iconic sites in the Newcastle East area including the Convict Lumberyard, the original Newcastle gaol site, the cathedral as well as the best scenic views that Newcastle has to offer. You'll walk down hidden laneways and discover iconic nooks as you attempt to put together the facts for yourself. Each waypoint will include a retelling of the mysteries that lie beneath your feet. These are the stories that the city tried to forget.

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What people are saying about Hunter Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 599 reviews

I would not hestitate to recommend this tour, we booked for a Thursday and there was 6 of us. Our driver Bill was a wealth of knowledge and we learnt so much from him during the day. We visted one of their new partners, the Wine Lab at the end of the day and thought this visit could have been put in a bit earlier, Nathan was very informative and showed us his operation, he also has beers to sample. Lunch was a selection of gourmet meats, cheeses, bread, biscuits, fruit, banana bread etc all in a box to share between two with a complementry glass of wine. Overall a fantastic day.

Violet and Aidan were great hosts, very pleasant, knowledgeable and all that! The tour was a really good insight into Newcastle’s history. A great way to get in some exercise too!

It was a great tour and well worth the money and time to do it. thoroughly recommend to anyone.

Like the trip is short so when you back in Melbourne CBD those shops are still open

Great trip , not too far , nice visits and well organized