Cessnock has a history firmly linked with mining and boasts a streetscape of historical buildings, bookended by grand old pubs where you can enjoy a cold beer and hearty pub grub. 

Named in the 1820s after Cessnock Castle in Scotland, today the lively country town is Wine Country’s hub for business and shopping, the place to go for all your essentials - from groceries and petrol to banking. 

You might not know, but Cessnock has one of Australia’s longest main streets so make sure you take a stroll down it and while you’re at it check out the community art in the decorated laneways.

The CBD has a mix of entertainment options with a range of cafes and cuisines - Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, tapas, and sushi – it’s all there. There are plenty of options for a great coffee and all-day-breakfast, traditional bakeries and takeaways, as well as fashion and gift stores. 

You can also browse the well-respected art gallery, which showcases local talent, see a show at the 466-seat theatre at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre or admire the traditional architecture of the Heritage-listed Marthaville Arts and Crafts Centre. 

It’s a great base camp with lots of affordable accommodation options, only 6km from the vineyards.  

Its signature event is the annual Cessnock Stomp Festival, held each April to celebrate the city’s unique culture, lifestyle and people. Fancy a mad hatter’s tea party? How about some squishy squashy grape stomping? And that’s just for the grown-ups. You should see what’s in store for the kids! 




The accredited Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre is just outside Cessnock on Wine Country Drive in Pokolbin, next door to Cessnock Airport, and across the road from the Crowne Plaza.

It’s your one-stop shop for all information about the region with the friendly staff also on hand to help with booking accommodation, tours, restaurants and other experiences.  

The Centre also sells local produce such as olive oil and honey, handmade goods, artisan products and souvenirs, along with authentic Aboriginal cultural items and local artwork.

You can also enjoy a tasting of local wines at the tasting counter, or grab a coffee and a bite to eat in the onsite café - Lovedale Café

Whether you’re just driving through, having a romantic getaway, or looking for something to entertain the whole family, the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre can help.

The Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre is seven days.

Located at 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin (02 4993 6700)


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