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Fun has no restrictions in Wine Country these Easter holidays

At last, a holiday period with no Covid limitations is on the calendar, and the Hunter Valley is ready to dial it up! There is something for everyone this Easter weekend and school holidays, from action-packed, family friendly experiences to relaxing, afternoon lawn games to keep the kids occupied whilst you unwind.

Discover below some of our top picks for holiday fun here in the Hunter Valley this Easter.  

From 2 April until 1 May, 2022 Hunter Valley Gardens will come alive with pre-historic fun when Mega Creatures take over! From 9am to 4pm come and see all your favourite dinosaurs, giant creepy crawlies, dragons and more than 20 NEW creatures! Plus, get ready to experience this fantastic world with a new twist, Mega Creatures Night Safari! From 6pm to 10:30pm, running alongside the day event discover all the creatures light up into the night.

Tatler Wine's are hosting their annual Easter Event on the lawn at the estate on Easter Sunday April 17, 2022. After the success of the event last year, they are very eager to welcome both new and familiar faces back to the annual celebration. The event will take place over three sittings this year including:

  • 10am - 12pm
  • 12:30pm​ - 2:30pm
  • 3pm - 5pm 

The team at KindiFarm Mobile Animal Farm will be bringing baby animals for the children to pet and SugarPop Parties have been invited to bring their face painting angels to create mini masterpieces on the faces of the children. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt so bring your hunting buckets! We will also have exclusive Easter Specials on Wine so everyone is covered!

Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the day.

For more information or to secure your spot click here.


​While the Hunter Valley has several kid-friendly Cellar Doors, Tulloch Wines takes child-friendly to the next level. Not only do they have a Junior Tasting Experience for the little ones but they also have a Kombucha Tasting Experience for the teenagers, or the adults. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. 

​If this wasn't enough incentive, they also have colouring-in books, timber board games and outdoor lawn games such as giant jenga, connect 4, croquet and hoopla. There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained!

Join Hunter Valley Gardens over the Easter Long weekend for some bonus Easter fun, included within Mega Creatures tickets. 

  • GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT

15 - 17 April, a new hunt each hour from 11am until 2pm. 
The kids will love our Giant Easter Egg Hunt with thousands of brightly coloured eggs to collect. At the end of the hunt, each child receives a gift of Easter chocolate. 

  • MEET THE EASTER BUNNY
15 -17 April, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm. 
The Easter Bunny and Alice will be making a very special appearance over the Easter weekend. 
  • SECRET EASTER EGG HUNT
15 - 17 April
One extra-large Easter egg will be hidden each day within the Gardens. The lucky finder will win a family pass to the Snow Time in the Gardens. 

​For an activity that guarantees fun and laughter, you'll want to add Hunter Valley Aqua Golf & Putt Putt to your itinerary. No matter the age or skill level, Aqua Golf is fun for the whole family, especially when there's prizes to be won! You can always finish up with a round of 18-hole Putt Putt, you never know you might win a free round while playing Aqua Golf!

This Easter break, (Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April), Château Élan has your family Easter sorted thanks to a range of fun activities planned across the whole weekend. 

Easter Friday 

  • Sweet Valley Baby Animals at Château Élan 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Live Music from 5:30pm at The Clubhouse 

Easter Sunday 

  • Sweet Valley Baby Animals at Château Élan 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Live Music from 11:00am at The Clubhouse
For more information or to secure your booking email reservations@chateauelan.com.au

PLUS Aero Logistics Helicopters will be offering scenic flights from our helipad over the weekend from 11.00am - 3.00pm! Experience the region with a view, including seeing Vineyards, the Broken Back Mountain Range, Hunter Valley Gardens and lots more. From $60 per person. Book now with fly@aerologistics.com.au or 0408 649 969. Restrictions apply. 

​There's always so much to see and do at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, for the whole family. As one of the most family-friendly resorts, their year-round kids club has an activities schedule that will keep the kids busy for hours, even days! Now open to guests of the hotel, The Water Park is over two storeys high with heated water for all-year round use and complete with an assortment of slides, water cannons, flumes and jets designed to entertain the whole family in hours of aquatic fun. The highlight is the infamous berry bucket which fills with 600 litres of water before emptying every few minutes over you in one enormous splash! The new Water Park will be bucket loads of fun.

Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park. Daily shows and animal encounters await  - meet your favourite little friends with one of their amazing animal encounters. Open every day throughout the school holidays. Purchase 2 for 1 cones ($6) to feed the Camels, Ostriches, Kangaroos & farm yard animals! Dine & Discover, and Parent NSW Vouchers accepted -  use your $25 Discount Dine Vouchers at the Café to get $25 discount off food & drinks!


Experience an Easter wine tasting at home with Mercer Wines NEW Pet Nat, Grigio, Montepulciano and Malbec with the guy who made it. Aaron loves a chat and he's infectiously passionate about how wine is made.Enjoy a 750ml bottle of our first fizz - Picpoul Naturel - unfiltered, wild ferment and a whole lot of bubbles plus three signature 100ml tasting bottles of our newest wines.

  • 750ml x 2021 Petillant Naturel
  • 100ml x 2021 Pinot Grigio
  • 100ml x 2021 Montepulciano Rosso
  • 100ml x 2021 Malbec Noir 

Join an optional virtual tasting hosted by Aaron Mercer on Sunday May 1st at 6pm or organise your own. Please note: Orders must be placed before March 31st. Click here to book your spot. 

​The Adventure Centre Hunter Valley is your one-stop spot located at Hunter Valley Resort where you'll find something to keep everyone happy. Relax on a trail ride or horse and cart ride, go on an electric bike or Segway adventure, put your culinary skills to the test with a candy making or pizza making class or embrace your inner winemaker with some grape stomping and barrel rolling. 

The Farm will also be hosting an 'EGG-STRAVAGANZA' across the Easter Holiday period. Take a walk around The Farm at your own pace! Collect a farm map and bucket of food for the animals at the starting point ( next to the Pony Barn) and make your way around to feed the animals whilst solving mysteries to collect your Easter reward!

This is a great way for kids to get up close and personal with the barn yard crew. Including sheep, goats, cows, ducks, chickens, donkey, mules, pigs, ponies, bulls, llamas, alpacas and more!

To book or for more information click here


​Explore the Hunter Valley back country on your very own off-road Segway. Unique to the Hunter Valley, this fantastic family guided tour is made up of adventure, scenery, wildlife and wine country tutorial. Suitable for all ages from 11 and most fitness levels, this will be a fun and memorable experience guaranteed!

​Go Karts Go Hunter Valley have combined excitement, action and skill all in place for the whole family to enjoy. For excitement and action put on a helmet and strap yourself in to one of their 4-stroke outdoor go karts. Calm things down with a round of 18-hole Putt Putt or test out your hand-eye coordination at their on-site archery range.

​If you're looking to get out and about and explore Hunter Valley Wine Country from a unique perspective, we have a number of cycling options. Hire a bike from Sutton Estate Electric Bike Hire and take a self-guided tour or book a wine tour with Sutton Estate. Bring your own bike or hire a bike and try out the Around Hermitage Cycleway, there's plenty to see and do along the way.

​Burn off the calories with the family on a scenic bushwalk in one of the National or State parks in the Valley. Yengo Park is just over an hour drive from Pokolbin where you will find several walks that can be done at all fitness levels. Experience native scenery and Indigenous culture on the steady one kilometre Finchley Track and gain an understanding and respect for on of the oldest Aboriginal sites in the country featuring ancient stone engravings and insightful signs. Or, take a scenic drive down the Tourist Drive 33 along the Convict Trail, built by convicts in the early 1800's as an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle. 

​We look forward to welcoming you to Hunter Valley Wine Country. Get back to the simple pleasures of the Hunter Valley Good Life these school holidays!

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