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Sample the Sémillons and Shirazes

With vineyards dating back to the early 19th century, the Hunter Valley has earned its prestige as the oldest wine region in Australia. There's no denying the big attraction of the Hunter Valley is fine wine – with more than 150 wineries scattered around the region, your short break in the Hunter Valley can easily revolve around touring and tasting. If you relish your holiday freedom, visit the wineries at your leisure or join one of the many tours on offer, each presenting a different perspective of the vines. From big labels to boutiques, you will find unique flavours at each cellar door.

Stretching beyond the Shiraz and Semillon, the Hunter Region offers small city adventures in Newcastle – a perfect destination for weekend escapes with a booming creative scene layered atop an industrial heritage. Visit the beaches on the Bathers Way coastal walk or explore the East Heritage Walk to see historic sites nestled amongst cosy cafes. Easily accessible by foot, make sure you pack your comfortable walking shoes if you're planning a weekend holiday in Newcastle. Spend a day or two in Newcastle and discover why it is lauded for its vibrant nightlife, urban chic gallery-cafes and retro-cool retailers.

Hike, walk or camp among the towering woodlands in the Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, or make your way to the agriculture-rich town of Maitland for a taste of the great outdoors. The Hunter Valley is a region to savour – indulge your palate with a regional drop accompanied by incredible cuisine at quality restaurants, cooking schools or local markets. Whether you are an oenophile (wine aficionado) or don't have much taste for a tipple, the Hunter Valley is a pleasant region to visit and the ideal place to forget your weekday worries and slip into a quiet country pace.

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