The Hunter Valley - a couple of hour's drive North of Sydney - is, due to climactic fortune and perfect soilds, one of Australia's winery centres. The region of Pokolbin (there's no real town, more a collection of wineries scattered around the Cessnock area)is filled with marvellous wineries, most of whom offer tastings. There are also heaps of accomodation offerings for all but the most budget conscious, and combined with the lovely scenery, it all makes for a rather fabulous weekend!
Your first step is to make sure that you have hired a car (though there are also many guided tours, leaving from Sydney, which are an option if you're into that kind of thing). Certainly, the public transport links are particularly primitive in this neck of the woods. Spend the morning wending your way towards Pokolbin - take your time, and if you feel tempted to stop somewhere, then do. Much of the coast along this way is lovely, and if it's summer, you...read more
- PMB 20
- Metford Delivery Center,NSW2323
The Garden Terrace Restaurant offers the opportunity for a pleasant morning or afternoon tea amidst 60 acres of internationally themed gardens. Options include scones, muffins, and lunch options for the whole family.
You might well be excused for refusing to lever yourself out of bed on day 2... but when you do manage to, it is probably best to allow yourself a little time and space: a nice spot of breakfast and the local papers at your hotel perhaps. And then back to the wineries! Our recommendations? Lake's Folly make excellent wine that sells out quicker than they can make it. Tyrell's is another high profile, high quantity maker, while Pepper Tree Wines is a more...read more