Things to do in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is well known for the marvellous wines that it produces, and also for some excellent local produce and fine restaurants.

The Hunter Valley is also home to a myriad of other activities, it is a place to escape and indulge yourself and have fun with the whole family.

You can tour the marvelous countryside, play golf at one of the many championship level courses, sample excellent chocolate, go horse riding or bushwalking, take a balloon ride, try skydiving, or immerse yourself in the Aboriginal heritage.

One of the best ways of discovering the Hunter Valley is by coach charter, and Travel Safe Bus Hire offer brilliant wine tours of the Hunter Valley that encompass many of the activities listed below.

Arts & Culture

The Hunter Valley offers a fine range of music, sculpture, art, craft, theatre, museums, colonial architecture, national parks, events and exhibitions.

  • Cessnock Regional Art Gallery – the gallery offers a great program of moving art exhibitions that highlight contemporary Australian art.
  • Heddon Greta Drive In – a wonderful open air cinema to enjoy films from the comfort of your own car.

Golf Courses

The golf courses of the Hunter Valley offer a blend of top class golf and a recreational lifestyle. There are many championship level courses to choose from and test yourself against the course.

  • Oaks Cypress Lakes Resorts – an iconic resort, and perhaps the Valley’s best golf course. The resort offers world class dining and apartment-type accommodation.

Sports and Outdoor Adventure

There are a thrilling choice of many outdoor and sporting pursuits, including bush walks, all manner of aviation fun, speedway, cycling and many traditional sporting activities.

  • Balloon Aloft – feature sunrise flights that take in stunning views of the Valley’s marvelous landscapes.
  • Hunter Valley Horse Riding – jump on board a splendid pony and ride the beautiful Molly Morgan Range with spectacular views of the wine country and the Lower Hunter.

Family Activities

The Hunter Valley has superb family activities, which can keep the whole family entertained for weeks.

  • Diff-Rent Cycles – what is better than a family cycle ride in the country together, hire a bike and take a great exploration of the Hunter Valley.
  • Hunter Valley Chocolate – everybody loves chocolate, and Hunter Valley Chocolate is an institution to indulge in fine handmade chocolate and fudge products.


After a great day golfing, or horse riding, if you still have any energy left then there are some great night spots for entertainment in the Hunter Valley.

  • Dashville – a great bushland venue that hosts multitude music events, such as Dashville Skyline, Gum Ball and Thrashville.
  • Harrigans Irish Pub – are great pub with live entertainment, and a fine Irish craic.


The Hunter Valley has a deep and rich heritage, from Aboriginal culture to the story of the convicts, and of course mining.

  • Tourist Drive 33 – enjoy a drive along Tourist Drive 33, including the Convict Trail and the Great North Road and the stunning New South Wales countryside.
  • Kurri Kurri Mural Towns – with 50 public outdoor works of art, the Kurri Kurri is an opportunity to take a journey guided by pictures.

The Hunter Valley offers so much to so many people, of course wine tours and tastings are one of the major reasons for visitors. But as you can see there is a whole lot more to do and see in the Hunter Valley.