Luxury Hotels in the Hunter Valley

Imagine a valley with endless rows of grape vines stitched neatly into the landscape. Add a few sunrises which stretch long shadows across the mist-draped hollows. Hang some colourful hot air balloons in the sky and dot the towns and backroads with boutique wineries. Mix in some 5-star hotels, some 3-star restaurants and a million stars in the night sky. You have just imagined the Hunter Valley. Located a two-hour drive north of Sydney, this is one of Australia’s premier grape-growing areas and boasts a stellar selection of fresh produce paired with exquisite wine and dining options.  The luxury hotels of the Hunter Valley spread themselves across a wide variety of locations. You can find boutique retreats attached to tiny, bespoke vineyards, and luxury day spas in little towns full of angle-parked 4WDs and Akubra-hatted locals. You can embark on  endless wine-tasting adventures, fill yourself to the gunwales with epicurean delights, or simply sit and watch the world go by over the rim of a coffee cup or a crystal glass of wine. Every single day is perfect in the Hunter Valley. So don’t dream it: come and see it for yourself.

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort

Welcome to the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort, a luxurious 300-acre award-winning resort nestled in the picturesque Hunter Valley. It’s an ideal destination for a tranquil and indulgent escape from Sydney. Popular tourist attractions such as Hunter Valley Gardens and Brokenwood Wines will be right at your doorstep. Oaks Cypress Lakes […]

prices from $350 AUD

Nu Leaf Retreat

Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country, No Leaf Retreat is a charming boutique resort that offers a range of 5-star features and facilities. The property is located just a stone’s throw from some of the finest cellars, vineyards, and dining establishments in the Hunter Valley Wine […]

prices from $350 AUD

Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B

Located in the picturesque Hunter Valley, is the Hunter Valley Cooperage B&B which offers contemporary luxury accommodation. It’s a perfect base for wine lovers who wish to explore the area’s world-famous wineries. Audrey Wilkinson Winery and Hunter Valley Gardens are just a short drive away.  This charming bed and breakfast […]

prices from $350 AUD

Hermitage Lodge

Hermitage Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel nestled on 25 acres in the heart of the world-famous Hunter Valley wine-growing region. The property has its own vineyard! Hunter Valley Gardens, Hope Estate Winery, and Pokolbin town centre will be right at your doorstep.  There are many accommodation options to choose […]

prices from $350 AUD

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

Located in Lovedale, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is a lux  100-acre resort surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and picturesque vineyards. Sydney is just a 2-hour drive away and popular Hunter Valley attractions such as Hunter Valley Zoo and Hope Estate Winery are easily reachable by car.  The hotel offers a […]

prices from $350 AUD

Chateau Elan At The Vintage

Surrounded by rolling vineyards, the award-winning Château Elan at The Vintage is a luxury golf, conference, and spa resort located just a 2-hour drive from Sydney in Hunter Valley. This 5-star resort is well-known for its breathtaking scenery, 18-hole championship golf course, and award-winning spa centre. Attractions such as Moorebank […]

prices from $350 AUD

Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation

Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley is the warm and welcoming luxury hotel, Harrigans. Contemporary yet traditional, Harrigans prides itself in offering a family friendly environment in deluxe and elegant settings. Close to wineries, stores and cafes this is a great location for a weekend getaway with the […]

prices from $350 AUD

Spicers Vineyards Estate

Just two hours from the Sydney CBD, Spicers Vineyards Estate is an award-winning romantic destination. Centrally located within Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, the estate is surrounded by vineyards, golf courses and restaurants. The tastefully decorated rooms contain an inviting fireplace and comfortable beds with premium linens. The King Spa […]

prices from $350 AUD

Spicers Guesthouse

Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Spicers Guesthouse offers modern elegance with a relaxed atmosphere. This luxury hotel is surrounded by a range of wineries, perfect for any wine connoisseur. Conveniently located, it is less than 15-minutes from the Hunter Valley Zoo, Hunter Valley Gardens and town of […]

prices from $350 AUD

Tonic Hotel

Tonic Hotel is a relaxing and stylish countryside escape that is free from interruptions. The small, luxury country hotel is in the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley. Within a twenty-minute drive there are multiple wineries, the Hunter Valley Gardens, Hunter Valley Visitor Centre and Werakata National Park. The stylish […]

prices from $350 AUD

Located two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s premium grape-growing region. Foodies will find an incredible array of artisan foods and farm-fresh produce in the Hunter Valley’s markets, restaurants and cafes. There are also some diverse tourist attractions and activities available in the Hunter Valley, and wherever you’re luxury hotel might be located, you will be able to venture out and experience the best things that the Hunter Valley can provide, all with an easy reach.      

Hot Air Ballooning

The best way to appreciate the bucolic landscapes of the Hunter Valley is to soar over them in a hot air balloon. Sunrise is generally the most favourable time to go ballooning. As you drift silently above the patchwork fields, long rows of grapevines, intricately worked paddocks, and sensual hills, you will see the valley come to life in the light of the new day. When you land you’ll be treated to the traditional champagne breakfast that balloonists have enjoyed from the earliest days of the sport. This is a great way to celebrate a romantic anniversary or special occasion with your loved one.

Ride the wild horses

There’s nothing better than plodding along on a horse on a sunny day. There are a number of horse trekking operators in the Hunter Valley. You can choose a ride up into the hills through the sunlit forests, plod lazily along through the vineyards and river valleys, or take a carriage ride through the streets of Pokolbin.

Take a cooking class

The Hunter Valley is ground zero for foodies, and if you would like to learn the optimum way to cook some of the best produce in the world, the Hunter Valley has a number of different options where you can learn to cook – and then devour – farm-fresh food in all manner of amazing settings. Your chosen luxury hotel may even have a cooking class option at their restaurant. 

Hike the Barrington Tops

The ordered and bucolic landscapes of Hunter Valley are overlooked by rugged ranges which preserve some of the largest temperate rainforests in Australia. The Barrington Tops National Park is located in the upper part of the Hunter Valley and is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. There are some wonderful walks in these ranges, such as the Antarctic Beech Forest walking track, which takes you through sub-alpine forests, and the 1500m climb to the summit of Aeroplane Hill, which takes you through wetlands and woodlands to the stunning views from Careys Peak Lookout.  

Kayak Ganguddy

Ganguddy, also known as Dunns Swamp, is a World Heritage-listed wilderness landscape of mist-draped swamplands, cliffs, gushing rivers, waterfalls and canyons, enclosed by beehive-shaped rock formations. There are guided kayak tours available that will take you into this beautiful area to experience some of its rich and unique Aboriginal heritage.

Hunter Valley Zoo

Most of Australia’s unique fauna is represented in the Hunter Valley Zoo, so if you’ve ever wanted to pet a koala, hand-feed a kangaroo, or wander through an aviary full of screeching, squawking, feathered Australian beauties, the Hunter Valley Zoo is the place to come. Along with the Australian critters, you can also meet white lions, ring-tailed lemurs and cheetahs, and you can hang out with lemurs, meerkats, marmosets, emperor tamarins and squirrel monkeys.

Day Spas

Everyone likes a good pampering and in the Hunter Valley, you will find all manner of spas and retreats which will provide the perfect tonic for your strained city nerves. Many of the local spas offer treatments inspired by local products, and you can book a double treatment room for you and your friend.

Coffee Galore

If you love coffee, then the Hunter Valley is a great place to potter around hanging out in cafes. Virtually every town and locality will have at least one joint where you can sample your favourite extraction, and if you do nothing else in the Hunter Valley other than drifting from cafe to café, then your time here won’t be wasted. Sampling cafes is a great way for you and your partner to explore the valley and watch the world go by over the rim of your coffee cups.

Wander Wollombi

Surrounded by mountains at the southern end of the Hunter Valley, Wollombi is a charming village of 19th-century sandstone houses, mixed with cafes and an eclectic selection of shops. There is a one-kilometre, self-guided stroll which will take you through the fascinating history of Wollombi, from its Aboriginal heritage to its early days as a convict settlement. The nearby World Heritage Wilderness of Yengo National Park will take you beyond the European history of the area and back into the deepest days of Aboriginal occupation in the area.    

Tee Off

If golf is your thing, then you can tee off in all manner of tranquil country golf courses in the Hunter Valley. Many of the courses also offer restaurants so you can combine thwacking tiny white balls around with sampling some of the Hunter Valley’s best cuisine. The Vintage Golf Club in Rothbury, is a Greg Norman-designed championship course, while the course at the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club is regarded as one of Australia’s best. Many of the clubs offer golf lessons, so if you are an absolute beginner you can get yourself started on your golf and career in the Hunter Valley.