Five fantastic things to do during your next trip to the Hunter Valley

Five fantastic things to do during your next trip to the Hunter Valley

We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to live and work in the Hunter Valley. There’s so much to experience and enjoy in our small pocket of the world, from wineries to joy flights to fine dining and more. Just two hours north of Sydney, it's Australia's oldest wine region and has earned a reputation for world-class wines, especially its exceptional semillon and shiraz. But there's a lot more to the Hunter than wine – it is also blessed with incredible natural beauty, a vibrant culinary scene and a range of local attractions guaranteed to intrigue and delight.

So the next time you drop in at Hungerford Hill, be sure to check out some of the experiences on offer. Whether you want to explore the local cuisine, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment or simply spend some time with Mother Nature, there is something here for all to enjoy. Here are five of our favourites:

1. Whet your appetite with an Epic Tasting

Food and wine is a natural pairing, and when savoured together one can enhance your enjoyment of the other; so to fully appreciate the Hunter’s gastronomic offering, the Epic Tasting Experience is a must! Elevate your tasting with a mini-degustation of five Hungerford Hill wines sampled with bite-sized dishes created by the two-hatted Muse restaurant. Developed with the Muse team to pair with Hungerford wines, this curated culinary experience is guaranteed to delight your taste buds and heighten your tasting experience.

Book now through the Hungerford Hill website:

2. Take in the Hunter Valley from the air

See the Hunter from a different perspective with a helicopter tour with Aero Logistics. The company offers scenic flights and private charters, as well as special food and wine tours, so you can enjoy the stunning scenery as you travel to a restaurant or cellar door in style! Operating seven days a week and providing expertly led, professional flight services, the knowledgeable pilots at Aero Logistics will provide an unforgettable experience of the Hunter. 

For more info check out Aero Logistics 

3. Savour the local food in style

Enjoy a truly memorable dining experience at award-winning Muse Restaurant, located at our iconic Hungerford Hill winery. Muse has earned a reputation as a modern culinary icon in the Hunter, providing excellent food complemented by stunning presentation and surrounds. The ever-changing menu follows a four course format and offers contemporary Australian cuisine made using seasonal local produce, including heirloom vegetables, herbs and edible flowers from the chefs’ home gardens. 

Visit Muse Restaurant website to make a booking: 

4. Spoil yourself with a luxury spa treatment

Need a break from the food and wine? Why not treat yourself with a visit to the Château Élan day spa. Tucked away at The Vintage Golf Club, Château Élan is an oasis of peace and relaxation amidst all the excitement of the Hunter’s various attractions. Offering facials, massages and a host of other luxurious treatments, their team of qualified therapists will work their magic and help you relax and rejuvenate.

For more information visit the Château Élan website

5. Discover local gourmet goodies at the Smelly Cheese Shop

Established in 2004, the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop is a one-stop shop for all your local foodie goodness. It’s a veritable treasure trove of regional, Australian and imported artisan cheese, as well as other gourmet delights, cured meats, condiments and accompaniments, including its own ‘Smelly’ product range. It’s also home to the Hunter Valley Gelato Company, so why not finish your day with a scoop or two and pick up some tasty souvenirs to enjoy at home – they’re the best kind after all!

Learn more about the goodies at Smelly Cheese here