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Ten things to do in the Hunter Valley this Winter

The Hunter Valley is where connections are forged, friendships are nurtured, and memories are created. Join us this Winter, a time of warmth, togetherness, and celebration in the Hunter Valley. The allure of a crackling woodfire with a glass of Shiraz is made all the more irresistible by the diverse array of wine and food experiences taking place this Winter. Escape the ordinary and seek solace in your overnight retreat embracing the opportunity to unwind and recharge this Winter. Here are ten things to do in the Hunter Valley this winter. 

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Dawn

Experience the beauty of the Hunter Valley from above by taking a hot air balloon ride. Enjoy panoramic views of the vineyards, countryside, and maybe even catch a glimpse of kangaroos hopping around.

2. Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens

Discover the magic of Winter at Hunter Valley Gardens as the Gardens transform into a winter wonderland with artificial snow, ice skating rinks, and various winter-themed activities. Families and visitors can enjoy tobogganing, build snowmen, participate in snowball fights, and explore the enchanting gardens adorned with icy decorations.

3. Wine by the fire

There is no better way to warm up this Winter than a glass of award winning Shiraz in hand by the fire. Whether you want to tempt your tastebuds with a wine tasting or simply sip on a glass, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor places to cosy up by a fire. 

4. Horse Riding

Saddle up and enjoy spectacular valley views. Take it outdoors and explore the Hunter Valley's natural wonders with a horse riding adventure, trail ride or tour.

5. Learn to make your own hearty meal at a cooking school

Get your hands dirty at one of the many cooking classes on offer this Winter. From authentic pasta classes at Our Italian Table to low and smokey meats at the Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry, there is plenty on offer. 

6. Take a scenic hike through one of the national parks. 

Get the heart rate pumping with a leisurely bush walk through one of the many national parks. For breathtaking views across the Hunter Valley you can hike up to Mount Bright Lookout, Bimbadeen Lookout or Pokolbin Mountains Road lookout


7. Golf

Get into the swing of things in Hunter Valley Wine Country with our golf course round-up. Golfers are spoilt for choice with championship golf courses offering scenic views. With three quality courses within 20 kilometres of Pokolbin, the region can mount a strong case of being regarded as one of the pre-eminent golf-and-wine destinations in the country.

8. Indulge in a Degustation

Whether you want to go all out or simply just can't decide, opt in for the degustation at one of our many award winning restaurants and allow our skilled chefs to take you on a gastronomical journey as they put forward their personal selection of must-try dishes.

9. Treat yourself to a spa day

Escape the cold and submit yourself to a deep state or rest and relaxation at one of our many spas this Winter. Imagine basking by your own private woodfire post- couple‚Äôs massage, with a satisfying glass of Hunter Valley wine. 

10. Discover our art scene 

In a place so beautiful, creativity, arts and culture go hand in hand with wine and food culture. A sip of wine and you might feel inclined to explore your creative side with a gallery visit, culture walk, or art class, or discover a host of artistic endeavours at the Singleton Arts & Cultural Centre.

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