Travel Advice - Thursday 17th September 2020

Please read important information about current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions & travel updates.

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Brenda Christian

Brenda is a freelance writer, editor and content creator. She has worked on a wide range of titles including Qantas Magazine, Accor Traveller, Getaway Travel Magazine, House & Garden, AWW Cookbooks, Sydney Eats and Jetstar. She moved to the Hunter Valley in 2011 and has been contributing to Qantas and Donna Hay magazines, Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide and SMH Good Food and Pub Food Guides, as well as editing the Hunter Valley Magazine and producing digital content for HVWTA.

TAKEAWAY TIPPLES: SPECIAL COVID-19 DEALS & DELIVERIES

TAKEAWAY TIPPLES: SPECIAL COVID-19 DEALS & DELIVERIES
Self-isolating and need a supply of wine? Hunter Valley wineries can come to the rescue offering special deals and super-fast delivery so you can enjoy your favourite tipples while lounging in your trackie dacks in lockdown. Our winemakers have had a tough year with drought, bushfires and now, for many, temporary closure of their cellar doors to ad...
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5 TOP WINERY TOURS

5 TOP WINERY TOURS
​With more than 150 wineries, the Hunter Valley really overdelivers when it comes to wine-tasting. But if you really want to learn more about the wine you're swirling around in your glass, booking a winery tour is your best bet. Not all wineries let you go behind-the-scenes, but there are a bunch of wineries that run scheduled tours, so you can get...
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Romantic retreats you'll fall head over heels for

Romantic retreats you'll fall head over heels for
There's nothing quite like a dose of country air and rural charm to set a romantic scene. Add a snug hideaway, delicious wine and quality alone time together and it's lights, camera, action. Hands-on action! These places to stay get the big tick for passionate pampering with beautiful vineyard and bushland backdrops. But don't despair if they're ...
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5 Restaurants tailor-made for group dining

5 Restaurants tailor-made for group dining
Getting the gang together for a long lunch or delicious dinner is super-easy in the Hunter Valley with 50 plus fabulous eateries. You can break bread amid the bustle of the main dining room, which is always fun, but if you want to spoil yourself with a discreet outing away from the crowd we've got that covered too. Here are five favourites that of...
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Wine-tasting with a view: 10 Insta-worthy cellar doors you won’t want to miss!

Wine-tasting with a view: 10 Insta-worthy cellar doors you won’t want to miss!
If you're on a mission to find first-class vinos and views, look no further. Here are 10 sensational spots with cinematic views that are every Instagrammer's dream come true… with lip-smacking Hunter wines to sample and snap too. AUDREY WILKINSON VINEYARDThe panoramic views from this historic Pokolbin cellar door has made it one of the most like...
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Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter

Crush Camps: Where you can pick and stomp grapes in the Hunter
Want to experience the thrill of grape picking and crushing during the 2020 Hunter vintage? It's our 192nd vintage and that makes us the oldest continuous wine region in Australia!Not surprisingly, our winemakers think they know a thing or two about making great wine. We've seen it all… great vintages – 1965, 2007, 2014, 2017, 2018 – and some not s...
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Gorgeous gifts for the festive season and beyond

Gorgeous gifts for the festive season and beyond
Looking for a unique gift or stocking filler? Then it's time you filled your Christmas list with goodies from the Hunter Valley. We're blessed with tons of delicious drops, so wine lovers, beer drinkers and G&T fans are all taken care of. We also have plenty of extraordinary experiences including gourmet dining, balloon flights, cooking cl...
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The best bottles for a party? Magnums!

The best bottles for a party? Magnums!
​Bigger IS better when you want to have the best party ever. When you're planning a big bash you want something that will make a huge impact with party goers. Come on down magnums. They're the ideal size for a crowd – these big beauties hold 1.5 litres, so that's equivalent to two normal-sized bottles or 12 glasses of wine. Yep, loads of lovely win...
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The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter

The wedding trends to know when you're getting hitched in the Hunter
Planning your dream destination wedding? Then you'll want to know what the biggest wedding trends in the Hunter are right now, so we asked three local wedding specialists what people are pumped about when tying the knot. CHRIS ELFES – PHOTOGRAPHY ON HERMITAGE​Chris Elfes also says the trend is for more casual, informal weddings."Most couples want ...
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Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground

Hermitage Road - The Hunter's Hedonistic Playground
​There are so many reasons to spend a few days around Hermitage Road in the north-west corner of Pokolbin. Jaw-dropping views, dozens of boutique wineries and cafes, a brewery or two, as well as loads of fun things to do if lying by the pool just isn't your thing.Running from Broke Road in the south to the New England Highway at Belford, this sun-s...
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