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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

There is a lot more to the Hunter Valley than award winning wineries and restaurants (I mean, that in its own right is nothing short of amazing!). What many may not know is that the Hunter Valley ticks all the boxes for dad, mum AND the kids, as the ideal school holiday destination. Breathe in the sweet valley air and explore the destination with some quality family bonding thrown in. Use our list of the Top 10 things to do in the Hunter Valley to guide the family around:

1. Markets: Everyone loves a yummy or useful find at a local market. The Hunter Valley is lucky enough to have two markets. Check out the dates for Handmade in the Hunter Markets. Tyrrell's Fine Food Markets will be held on Saturday 1 July during the school holiday period.

2. Food: There are many restaurants and cafes that offer a children's menu. Have a look at the list

3. Rich in History: Uncover a piece of Australian Military history at the Australian Army Infantry Museum. The museum has collections of Australia's pre-federation state colonial armies and their first deployments overseas. Basically, cool things for kids to see like machine guns and a collection of pistols and sniper weapons used in the ANZAC campaign. Unique to the Hunter region, is the oldest continuously operating sheepskin factory in the world! Visit Mortels Sheepskin Factory and tour their factory and learn about the making of Mortels UGG boots. 

4. Let it  Snow: Yes, it doesn't snow in the Hunter Valley; however the clever people at Hunter Valley Gardens have put together an icy wonderland for all ages to enjoy. Live ice sculptures, tobogganing, ice skating with loads more activities to try from Saturday June 24 – until Sunday 16 July.

5. Above the vines: Let's face it, hot air ballooning is fun for every age! Hunter Valley is lucky enough to have a few hot air balloon companies that operate out of a number of locations.

6. On your bike: Explore the newly paved bike way along Hermitage Road. One of the most relaxing ways to see the beauty of the Hunter Valley.

7. Day on the Green: After some snow fun in the Hunter Valley Gardens, have a game of golf at Aqua Golf and Putt Putt. 


8. Giddy up: Horse Riding tours through the vines on a crisp winters day. This is possible at many operators in the Hunter Valley.


9. Sweets for small and big kids: Hunter Valley Resort offers candy making classes for children and big kids (aka adults who are fans of boozy goodness added in!). Children can take part in the classes from 8 yrs old and upwards with a group minimum of 8 children. Sabor Dessert Bar is your sweet tooth destination in the Hunter Valley, with a range of desserts set on a beautiful back drop.


10.A High Tea just for kids: Let the kids and the 'kids at heart' indulge in delectable treats from finger sandwiches to gourmet pastries and a selection of colourful sweets at Crowne Plaza's Winter Wonderland High Tea. Monday 3rd July and Sunday 9th July – bookings essential.

Location (Map)

Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia
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