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Tourist Drive 33 - Take the scenic route to Hunter Valley Wine Country

The drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley via the M1 and Expressway can feel like it goes on forever and ever. Why not take the scenic route? Next time you’re driving up for a visit to the Hunter Valley, take the road less travelled and discover the rich history and natural beauty of Tourist Drive 33. Not long after you get onto the M1, you'll soon find yourself driving on a motorway that cuts through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which is full of bush-walking trails and offers the perfect opportunity to take a break during your travels. The motorway is also bordered by huge sandstone cut walls that lead in and out of lush bushland.

You will soon arrive at The Hawkesbury River! With restricted development along its banks, many areas have not changed in thousands of years. After passing the stunning Hawkesbury River, be sure to consider turning off at Peats Ridge. It’s a longer route, however it’s beautiful and is certainly worth the extra time. 

Then follow the Tourist Drive 33 scenic route all the way into the small, historic village of Wollombi. A route originally built by the convicts to access the fertile lands of the Hunter Valley, it’s now a preferred road by visitors to get to the Hunter Valley. A mix of dense forest, fruit orchards and farms, this country trail sets the tone as you transition from traffic, high speeds and crowds, to a slower, quieter scenic world, reflective of the peaceful countryside.


Park your car and stretch your legs with a short walk through the boutique village of Wollombi. Take some time to explore the quaint country town and its many offerings, from luxury accommodation, impeccable country hospitality and activities to suit every taste and energy level. From roaring fires in Winter to soaring mountain views covered in dense native bushland, Wollombi is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax.


Stonehurst Cedar Creek is a family owned and operated vineyard, offering boutique wines, cottage accommodation and a unique wedding venue location open seven days a week. Relax in Wollombi Valley with a vineyard-stay at the Cottages, taste their award winning Stonehurst Wines in the grand sandstone cellar door, wander through the vineyards, take a bush walk into the mountains, or celebrate your special event amongst the vines and poplar grove. 

When you're finished browsing the antique stores and dining in some of the cute-knit cafes, be sure to check out the Sculpture in the Vineyards festival held across various locations in Wollombi from September 10 until September 25. While this charming country town may have captured your heart, we encourage to continue your journey, when you're ready, and take a leisurely drive through the green pastures of Paynes Crossing to the rustic town of Broke Fordwich.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment, the Broke-Fordwich community is waiting to welcome you and invites you to unwind and reconnect with the simple life in their peaceful, secluded village. Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain range, travelling into this special pocket of the valley, you will immediately find yourself succumbing to a state of relaxation, perfect for a stress-free getaway. The Hunter's Valley's very own hidden gem, Broke Fordwich boasts expanding grasslands, striking views and historical vines spanning across the land.

Unearth the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail which immerses you in a journey of gastronomical discovery to some of the Hunter Valley’s best kept secrets, from trophy-winning wines, delicious local cuisine to idyllic accommodation.


Dine in style at Broke Fordwich’s hatted restaurant, Margan Wines & Restaurant. Take a look behind the scenes from paddock to plate with the ultimate foodie experience followed by a degustation meal. Local produce is aplenty with many wineries offering food accompaniments with their exclusive experiences or at on-site restaurants and cafes.


Take a moment to unwind and escape the demands of everyday life; from boutique fireside accommodation for that romantic mid-week getaway, to luxurious group housing that feels like a home away from home, Broke Fordwich is the spot for you to let everything go, slow down and be in the moment.

Check out the full Tourist Drive 33 map here. 


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