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With more than 150 wineries, 65 restaurants and 180 places to stay, where do you start? Follow our insider tips by the people who know best… the locals. We ask talented winemakers, chefs, farmers, brewers and journalists to blog about their favourite places and experiences in this fertile wine region.

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. 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 30 June – until Sunday 22 July.

Snow Time at Hunter Valley Gardens

2, Outside is free: Explore the great outdoors and soak up the incredible views at Yengo National Park, just 30 minutes from Wollombi. Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed wilderness, and visit Aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

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.

Winery Running Festival

4. Get Active: On your bike. Explore the scenic vine-fringed path of Hermitage Road, a 10km bike friendly pathway. Bring your own or hire an electric bike through Sutton Estate. Participate in a kids marathon during the Winery Running Festival on Sunday 22 July. Nulkaba Parkrun is a free event held every Saturday morning at St Phillips Christian School at 9am.

5. UGG Up: 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.

6. Sweet Spots: Eat your body weight in treats at one of Hunter Valley's sweet spots - Cocoa Nib Arttisan Chocolates, Hunter Valley Chocolates and Sabor Dessert Bar. Love Cheese & Chocolate? Then head to Hope Estate on Saturday 14 July for the Hunter Valley Cheese & Chocolate Festival.

Locally made treasures at Handmade in the Hunter Markets

7. Markets: Hunt for handmade treasures while sampling delicious local produce. The Hunter Valley is lucky enough to have several markets over the school holidays. The Handmade in the Hunter Markets are held in the grounds of Kevin Sobel Wines, Pokolbin every Saturday during school holidays and Dalwood Markets on Sunday 8 July. 

8. Day on the Green: After some snow fun in the Hunter Valley Gardens, tee off with a round of Aqua Golf and Putt Putt.

9. Giddy up: Soak up the picturesque views of the Hunter Valley with Horse Riding tours on a crisp winters day.

10. Hunter Valley to Hogwarts: Enter a world of magic and an indulge in sweet treats at Crowne Plaza's Harry Potter themed high tea on Sunday 15 July. There's face painting, a magician and art & crafts. 

Harry Potter High Tea at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

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