How to get to the Hunter Valley

There are many different ways to get to the Hunter Valley & different routes. Here are some options:


Self Drive from Sydney

Over Sydney Harbour Bridge and follow the A1 (Pacific Highway) towards Hornsby. Before Hornsby (at Wahroonga) take the M1 (Pacific Motorway) north towards Newcastle and take one of three exits to the Hunter Valley Vineyards.

ROUTE 1: After 120km (1 hour 15 mins), exit the M1 at the Newcastle Interchange and take the M15 (Hunter Expressway) and follow the M15 until you reach the Lovedale Road exit (24km), the Wine Country Drive exit (36km) or the Hermitage Road exit (48km).

ROUTE 2: After 100km (1 hour), exit the M1 at the B82 (Freemans Drive) exit ramp and follow the signs along the B82 to Cessnock/Hunter Valley Vineyards.

ROUTE 3: After 40km (20 minutes), exit the M1 (Pacific Motorway) at the Calga Interchange (Peats Ridge) and follow Tourist Drive 33 (TD33). This route will take you through scenic mountains and into the Hunter Valley at the historic town of Wollombi.

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By Bus

Experience the freedom of travelling by coach. Click here to view several local & Sydney based tour operators that pick up & and drop off from Sydney. For a public coach, Rover Coaches can pick up from Morisset Train Station & they match their transfers with the train timetable. For more information on getting to the Hunter Valley by train, see below.

By Train

To travel by train, the most convenient stations to depart from are at Maitland, Newcastle or Morisset. There are connecting buses from each of these stations to the Hunter Valley. For train timetables, click here or call 131500. For information on connecting buses, click here or call 02 4990 1699.

By Plane

If you are travelling in style (or can afford to!), Cessnock Airport is the closest airport, based in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. However it is accessible by private charter & helicopters only.  For domestic flights, Newcastle Airport is approximately 1 hour drive from Hunter Valley Wine Country. Flights depart from Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane & Melbourne daily direct to Newcastle. For more information, click here or call 02 4928 9800.


Driving Distance And Time

Newcastle Airport - Cessnock 54km 1 hr
Newcastle - Cessnock 54km 1hr
Sydney - Cessnock 160km 2hrs
Port Macquarie - Cessnock 275km 3.5hrs
Blue Mountains - Cessnock 232km 3.5hrs
Dubbo - Cessnock 350km 4.5hrs
Byron Bay - Cessnock 750km 8hrs
Coffs Harbour - Cessnock 420km 5hrs
Brisbane - Cessnock 823km 10hrs
Broken Hill - Cessnock 1400km 13 hrs
Batemans Bay - Cessnock 425km 5 hrs
Bega - Cessnock 575km 6.5hrs
Melbourne - Cessnock 997km 12 hrs
Cessnock - Wollombi 28km 28 min
Cessnock - Broke 35km 39min
Cessnock - Kurri Kurri 15km 18 min
Cessnock - Maitland 24km 34min
Cessnock - Singleton 45km 49min
Cessnock - Branxton 22km 31min
Broke - Pokolbin 15km 24min
Broke - Singleton 22km 19min
Muswellbrook - Denman 25km 24min
Singleton - Branxton 21km 19min
Singleton - Denman 61km 56min
Singleton - Muswellbrook 43km 41min
Wollombi - Broke 30km 26min

Markets in the Hunter Valley

Markets in the Hunter ValleyMarkets are a great way to delve into the real community spirit while you are on holidays. We have many local markets held throughout the year. Take a look, pick up some bargains & get a feel for the local area!

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Events Survival Kit

Event Survival Guide in the Hunter ValleyAre you planning to visit the Hunter Valley to see one of your favourite performers? Make the most of your trip & read on for an Events Survival Kit. This list will help you organise your trip & take all the stress out of organising!

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In this issue, we reveal the trophy-winning wines from the 2016 Show, put the spotlight on seven wine varieties that are ideal for summer wining and dining.

Visitors are constantly wowed by the incredible natural beauty of the region so we explore some of the Valley’s outdoor adventures, chat to some master chefs and their up-and-coming apprentices, take a behind-the-scenes look at the art of glassblowing and uncover the diverse attractions of Cessnock.

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