More commonly known as the Hunter Valley, the Hunter Region is one of the most beautiful areas of NSW, Australia. The Hunter River is the biggest water source, but it has many tributaries and there are many other rivers and streams. The Hunter region is well known for its wonderful wines. Both red and white grape varieties seem to do well in the diverse geography. Coal-mining, dairy farming and beef cattle are other major industries.
While Pokolbin is the known area for many wineries, Pokolbin is not a town, but rather a region between the two towns of Cessnock and Branxton in the Lower Hunter. Wineries abound in the region and Pokolbin also boasts the 25-acre Hunter Valley Gardens, showcasing many different garden styles, near the foot of the Brokenback Ranges. There is also a microbrewery, Potters Brewery that was established in 2002.
Scone in the hills of the Upper Hunter is famed for its horse studs and is said to be the biggest horse breeding area in the world. There are many thriving towns and cities in this scenic area of New South Wales, with Newcastle being the largest. It is situated on the mouth of the Hunter River and has the distinction of being the world’s largest coal export facility.
Tourism is also a major industry in the Hunter Valley, with more that 2 million people visiting its attractions every year. Many come to enjoy the beaches around Forster Tuncurry the twin towns joined by one of the longest bridges in NSW. There are many other delightful beaches all along the coastal areas of course, and the Lake Macquarie region – close to Newcastle – offer scenic lake cruises and fishing as well as beaches.
So whether you want to wander through ancient rainforests, watch waterfalls cascading over rocks, laze on warm beaches, or visit wineries the Hunter Region is the place for you.