Hunter Valley is the place to go for a wine-tasting weekend while you’re in Sydney, but there is more to this region than vineyards and boozing. Try exploring Aboriginal culture at Yengo National Park, visit historic Morpeth or help save Australia’s unique wildlife while hanging out with Tasmanian devils at Australia Ark.
There is something for everyone on the Around Hermitage Food and Wine Trail in Pokolbin, one of the most scenic spots in the Hunter Valley. There are boutique beers, award-winning wines and chocolates to try, as well as an art gallery, a sculpture garden, antiques, a dairy, cooking schools and day spas. One of the best ways to explore the trail is to head out on two wheels along the dedicated bike trail, which links over a dozen wineries along a quaint vine-lined road where you can indulge in a game of croquet, giant Jenga or chess as well as sampling wines.