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Countryside Delights: Hunter Valley’s Top Outdoor Activities

As officials have laid out a three-step plan to reopen Australia after the coronavirus crisis, there are hopes that the third step could be achieved as early as July. Each state and territory is anticipating when they can be moved from one step to the next, and the Hunter Valley will certainly be an active destination once the doors open.

With a host of outdoor activities at their fingertips, visitors and guests can find themselves exploring the many bike trails or bush walks, teeing it up and honing those golf skills at one of the many area golf courses, or heading to the national parks to just enjoy the view.

If the course is your destination, Hunter Valley features some top courses. The Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is a scenic 18-hole championship golf course that offers premium facilities, service, and unparalleled natural beauty.

The course is surrounded by picturesque lakes, abundant wildlife, and stunning views of the Brokenback Mountain Range. After your game, take a shower and freshen up in the onsite locker room before heading to The Lovedale Bar For a post-game bite or drink.

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club at Oaks was opened in 1992 and was designed by Steve Smyers of Florida. Each tee and green at Cypress Lakes offers stunning panoramic views of the Hunter Valley's famous vineyards and the surrounding Brokenback mountain range. The Championship layout boasts dramatic fairways shapes and elevation changes, with 60 strategically located bunkers and generous greens that are in superb condition year-round.​

The resort is set amongst some of the most premium wine producers, including Brokenwood Wines, Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Pokolbin Estate, Audrey Wilkinson Wines, and Roche Estate. One, two and three-bedroom villas are set among the 300-acre resort which offers premium facilities including; a professional golf course & country club, two restaurants, two bars, three pools, and two tennis courts​.

If the whole family is in the plan, there's great fun for all at the Hunter Valley Gardens Aqua Golf & Putt-Putt. The facility boasts a 5,000 square meter lake full of floating target nets to land your ball in. You can win prizes including vouchers for Wine, Restaurants, Tours, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Golf, and even CASH Jackpots! Golf club hire is FREE for small children through to large adults. Or bring clubs - they also have a grass driving range area and undercover bays for bad weather. The 18 hole Putt Putt course beside the lake is a great way to challenge friends and family to a friendly game of miniature golf.

More family fun is available at the Go Karts Go Hunter Valley, featuring the region's biggest, fastest, and most exciting 4-stroke go kart hire track with a massive 850m long track. At Go-Karts, the latest specification RIMO Go karts from Europe and also have specially designed Junior Go Karts, as well as twin seaters. This allows them to cater from as young as 5 years (depending on size) right up to 99 years of age!

If a more unstructured, outdoor adventure is in the plan the Hunter Valley Wine Country is surrounded by a number of National Parks that make for excellent bushwalking. The Watagans National Park covers 7,751 hectares of an extensive mountain range which provides many recreational opportunities, both in the national park and adjoining state forests. Werakata National Park is a small park located in the southeast corner of Hunter Valley Wine Country, which comes with a rich history of Aborignal occupation and more recently forestry operation. Today it conserves a diversity of plants and animals including a number of threatened species and endangered ecological communities.

If cycling and wine fit the bill, on a bicycle is a great way to explore the Hunter Valley at a relaxed pace, cycling along quiet country lanes like Palmers Lane, which links six cellar doors. You can also try Sutton Estate Electric Bike Hire if you are seeking for more fun. You can roam around pedaling or don't since the bikes are electric- going uphill is no sweat.

Search out and target a favourite area in the region and discover cellar doors, galleries and eateries that are off the beaten track or test out the region's new 10-kilometre cycleway along Hermitage Road. There are more than a dozen cellar doors to visit along the scenic vine-fringed path which stretches from the New England Highway to Broke Road. The cycle path passes an art gallery, antique shops, and even a spa.

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