The Hunter region of NSW is wine country and there’s countless wineries for you to explore. There’s also plenty of restaurants and produce markets where you can pick up all sorts of things that go well with wine. Think cheese, tapenade, cured meats. There’s only so much you can consume though and if you’re anything like me you’ll soon start wishing for something else. That’s where the Hunter Valley Gardens comes in.
The Hunter Valley Gardens are located in Pokolbin, around a 2 and a half hour trip north of Sydney or about half an hour outside of Newcastle.
Getting in is pretty straight-forward once you’re in the Hunter region and Google can guide you there. Some parts of the Hunter are lacking in decent mobile coverage (unless you’re with Telstra) so you’ll need to download offline maps in advance, use a separate GPS or ask one of the friendly locals.
The cost of entry is $29 per adult and $18 for children with family passes available. Unfortunately there are no group tickets for adults only.
Once inside you’ll see that the cost is well worth it as the grounds are massive with numerous gardens spread throughout. There’s gardens inspired from all over the world (think formal gardens, an Italian Grotto, Chinese gardens and so much more) and there is some fantastic landscaping.
You can probably rush your way through in about 90 minutes but spending more time is definitely recommended.
There’s a restaurant located just beyond the entrance but in all honesty, it’s not really that great and you’re better off eating at one of the many fantastic wineries before/after your trip to the gardens.
Exploring the Hunter Valley Gardens is definitely a great way to while away a few hours when taking a break from the wineries of the Hunter.
Hunter Valley Gardens – Key Info
- Sydney to Hunter Valley is about 2.5 hours driving
- Newcastle to Hunter Valley is about 30 minutes driving
- Entry into the gardens is $29 per adult and $18 per child with family tickets available
- Online tickets available here