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Families Invited! Stay & Play in the Hunter Valley

When it comes to traveling with the kids, it can be hard to find the right place for you and the family – a place where you can relax, the children are entertained and everyone feels like they are having a break. Here in the Hunter Valley, we have plenty of family-friendly places to stay, offering activities for children of all ages, with lots to see and do for Mums and Dads as well.

As we look forward to the summer school holidays and to being able to hit the road again, we’ve put together a guide to the best of the Hunter Valley’s family-friendly properties, so you can start planning and booking your next getaway.


There’s a lot to love about Lovedale and Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is one of them. There’s plenty of activities and attractions on-site for the children to enjoy. From a year-round kids club, teen lounge and games room, indoor crafts and outdoor rides, the kids are sure to have the time of their lives. But that’s not all, the newest addition to the Resort, available to Crowne Plaza guests only, is their on-site water park. The only splash park in the Hunter Valley, this is sure to be a hit with the kids, especially as welcome the warmer weather.

While the kids are enjoying hours of fun, you can take a moment to enjoy the peace and quiet from the comfort of your room, head down for drinks at the Lovedale Bar, tee up a round of golf or unwind at Ubika Spa with a couples massage or treatment.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley makes for the ideal accommodation on your next fun-filled family holiday.

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With over 70 acres of space on the property to wander and explore, voco Kirkton Park Hunter Valley makes for the perfect family escape. Take a stroll amongst the grounds and enjoy the fresh country air and wide-open space. Keep an eye out for the friendly animals on the property, they’re always up for a feed, just ask the friendly staff for food to feed the pigs and chickens.

Feeling energetic? Head down to their on-site tennis courts where you can have a friendly game of tennis or sit back and watch the kids as they burn off some of that pent up energy. Cool down with a dip in the light-filled indoor pool or relax the muscles with a visit to the spa and sauna.

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Family owned and operated, The Farm at Hunter Valley Resort has recently undergone major renovations and opened a brand-new building on the 70 acre property. Fun for all ages, The Farm Hunter Valley has got something for everyone. For the young ones and young at heart, head on down to the Adventure Centre, where you’ll have your pick of horse riding, segways, bike riding,

In the main building you’ll find more activities for the whole family to enjoy. Put your culinary skills to the test with the cooking school, pizza making classes or candy making classes. Unleash the wine enthusiast within and sign up to the wine school or visit the wine theatre (adults only of course).

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Perfect for every traveller, Château Élan at The Vintage has a room option to suit your every need. An all-in-one resort, boasting championship golf course, fine dining and casual eats, on-site spa facilities, pool access and plenty of lush green grass to for outdoor activities, treat the family these summer holidays with a luxury getaway.

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Perfectly situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley, within close proximity to major attractions such as Hunter Valley Gardens and Aqua Golf, Spicers Guesthouse offers modern elegance and luxury in a family-friendly setting.

Having undergone an 18 month revitalisation the retreat has an inviting, homely feel that envelops guests once inside. The upgrade reflects a fresh contemporary uplift while the welcoming spirit of the original Guest House has been preserved.

The on-site restaurant, Éremo Restaurant, features modern Italian cuisines with indoor and outdoor dining.

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Nestled amongst the trees and roos sits the iconic 300-acre Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort. Make this your home away from home as you settle in and enjoy everything you could at your fingertips. Whether you’re a serious golfer or just in it for fun, set a tee time and play a round of golf on their pro golf course, then head to the country club for a cold drink and a hearty meal. Get active with the kids on the tennis courts or cool down in one of their three pools.

The newest addition to the resort is Elysia Wellness Retreat. Slow down, enjoy the moment and discover a fresh lease on life and find that true balance of mind, body and spirit. Take turns watching the children and book in for a spa treatment or massage to help reduce the stresses of everyday life.

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Newly refurbished, Harrigan’s Hunter Valley offers quality, family-friendly accommodation and dining in the heart of the Hunter. Conveniently close to major attractions, get out and about with a short walk to the Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, and Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.

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Located in the same complex as Château Élan at The Vintage, Grand Mercure Apartments at The Vintage offer spacious 1–2-bedroom all-inclusive apartments, including an outdoor courtyard. Just minutes away from iconic cellar doors, award-winning restaurants, the Greg Norman-designed golf course and Château Élan on-site facilities, there’s plenty to see and do for the whole family.

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Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens is ideally located for you to explore the best of our region has to offer. Only a minute’s walk away from the Hunter Valley Gardens, the Shopping Village and Aqua Golf, you’ll be sure to enjoy hours of entertainment and family fun as you explore the grounds.

Head across the road for a bit to eat and more lush lawn for the kids to enjoy outdoor activities on. Take the cricket bat and ball or soccer ball and let the kids enjoy the great outdoors while you indulge in a tasting overlooking the Roche Estate complex so you can keep an eye on them while winding down.

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Wine Country Tourist Park is a small family-owned park and an ideal base to experience everything the area has to offer being the closest caravan park to the vineyards.

Looking forward to someone else doing the cooking? The Mighty Hunter Valley is only a short walk away and is the perfect setting for a family-friendly lunch or dinner. With plenty of indoor and outdoor dining and activities to keep the kids busy, indulge in a hearty meal and sneaky beverage before heading back to the park.

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Located in the CBD of Cessnock, Wine Country Motor Inn is a beautiful 4-star property that offers the convenience of inner-city services and is only 10 minutes’ drive to picturesque vineyards, golf courses, shopping and attractions the region has to offer.

If you’re wanting to stay close by, Wine Country Motor Inn belongs to the Cessnock Hospitality Group, so you can enjoy the services of the Cessnock Leagues Club, Vincent Street Kitchen and Bar and Paxton Bowling Club throughout your stay.

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