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Local Highlights

Hunter Valley Gardens
Explore 10 stunning feature gardens set on 60 acres in the heart of the Hunter Vineyards. While there, enjoy a casual lunch in the Garden Terrace Cafe. Winner of Best Significant Tourist Attraction in the Hunter five years in a row. Open daily from 9am until 5pm.

Hunter Valley Cheese Factory - Shop
Watch the cheesemakers in action, viewing windows to the Cheesemaking and Maturation Rooms. Free Cheesemaking Talk daily at 11am and 3pm. Alfresco dining area, coffee/tea and snacks or select your wine from McGuigan Cellars to enjoy with a Cheesemakers Vineyard Lunch.

The Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
Visit one of their 3 locations to indulge in their fine range of unique hand made chocolate products and huge variety of freshly made fudge. Open Daily 9am to 5pm.

Hunter Valley Zoo
For a hands-on family fun day. You can feed the kangaroos, wallabies, deer and birds. Hunter Valley Zoo has both Australian and exotic animals. Open 9am – 4pm every day except Christmas Day.

Hunter Valley award winning wineries
Visit 100s of Award winning wineries, enjoy combined gourmet food & wine experiences and the lovely atmosphere of Hunter Valley Wine Country.

Bluetongue Brewery
Pokolbins first & only boutique brewery,try the unique Beer Tasting Paddle,many styles of beer are available including the unique Alcoholic Ginger Beer,traditional Pilsner and the sensational premium Lager.

Hot Air Ballooning
It is only from the air that you fully appreciate the immensity of Australia's oldest and most renowned winemaking region with a history dating back over 150 years. All flights conclude with a gourmet breakfast and champagne celebration at a local winery.

Local Events

CMC Rocks the Hunter
from 13 March, 2014 to 15 March, 2014
Australia's biggest International Country & Roots Festival at Hope Estate on the 16th, 17th & 18th of March 2013. Featuring Garth Brooks and the lovely Faith Hill.

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
from 27 February, 2014 to 29 March, 2014
Kurri Nostalgia festival is full of fun activities over the 3 days. Rock 'n roll, Classic cars, Hot rods and lots of dancing with much much more.

Day On The Green
from 02 March, 2012 to 02 March, 2012
A celebration of classic Oz Rock.At Bimbadgen Winery.

Gum Ball
from 10 April, 2014 to 11 April, 2014
An all age weekend music and arts festival.

Seniors Week @ Hunter Valley Gardens
from 17 March, 2012 to 24 March, 2012
Celebrate NSW Seniors Week at Hunter Valley gardens with live entertainment, special guests and daily talks & tours with out trained horticultural staff. Entertainment includes 'Benchmark Barbershop Quartet' (Featured on last year's Australia's Got Talent ) performing 4 x15min sets daily on the 22 - 25 March for your enjoyment.

Lovedale Long Lunch
from 16 May, 2014 to 17 May, 2014
This annual event in its 20th year offers visitors a progressive type lunch where you can wine & dine your way around the 7 participating wineries over the weekend. Enjoy local wine, gourmet food, fabulous music and art. This event is a must see for wine & food lovers of all ages.

All Spokes festival
from 18 May, 2012 to 19 May, 2012
In it's 4th year this event is fast becoming an icon on the cycling calender. Encourages participation from all types of cyclists on all types of bikes, whether you're a lycra clad elite racer or a once a year pedal pusher.

Wine and Food Month
from 31 May, 2014 to 29 June, 2014
Celebrating all that is wine, food and Hunter Valley for the entire month of June. There will be a myriad of activities to warm those winter blues. Event goers can immerse themselves in wine flights by the fire, food & wine matching, the opportunity to become a wine judge, mix and make cocktails, dine with famous wine makers and much more.

Snow Time in the Garden
from 19 June, 2015 to 11 July, 2015
Chill out these school holidays and enjoy ice skating on our 14 x 35m Real Ice Skating Rink. Join in other Snow Time fun including a 25m Ice Toboggan and play in the man-made snow! There will be lots of fun for the whole family with games, hearty food, Husky dogs and warm beverages. Plus see the amazing ice sculptor carve something incredible on the weekends. Check our website closer to the date for more information and a full program. This is a day and night event running from 9am – 9pm every day.

Mothers Day Hunter Valley Gardens
from 12 May, 2012 to 12 May, 2012
Spoil your Mum this Mothers day at Hunter Valley Gardens.There will be great prizes, girls only pamper zone, jumping castles and face painting for the kids plus live entertainment.

Hunter Valley Gardens Chocolate Festival
from 06 July, 2012 to 07 July, 2012
This amazing event will immerse you in a chocolate experience you will never forget while enjoying family fun activities inspired by chocolate. There will be display stalls with entertainment, demonstrations, activities, competitions and prizes for the whole family.

Opera In The Vineyards
from 12 October, 2012 to 12 October, 2012
Prepare yourself for a special treat this spring as Opera in The Vineyards presents a gala concert to celebrate the world greatest Opera composer, Giacomo Puccini. What better way to experience these beautiful Puccini arias and duets than beneath the stars on the banks of the Hunter river, glass of wine in hand?

Spring Cruiz-in
from 13 October, 2012 to 13 October, 2012
The cruise will begin early with a mass assembly at 7am on Sunday the 14th Oct 2012. Then the largest convoy of classic, vintage, veteran, hot rods, bikes & commercial vehicles in NSW will set out for the award winning international tourist destination that is Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin.

Rose Spectacular
from 14 October, 2012 to 17 November, 2012
Take the opportunity to see Hunter Valley Gardens with over 2 million rose blooms, throughout the annual Rose Spectacular.

Spring Festival Of Flowers
from 31 August, 2012 to 29 September, 2012
Immerse yourself in a unique visual & interactive experience including: Topiary Displays ,Cooking Demonstrations, Florist's Showcase, take your photo in the giant chair, school Gnome & away competition, wheelbarrow competition display, garden stilt performers and live entertainment.

Wollembi Markets
from 30 September, 2012 to 30 September, 2012
Visit historic Wollombi on the holiday Monday for this great market of over 100 stalls, including local produce and crafts, plants, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and much more.

9TH B'DAY celebrations at Hunter Valley Gardens
from 05 October, 2012 to 06 October, 2012
Hunter Valley Gardens is turning 9 so come help us to celebrate. Have fun with FREE amusement rides, FREE pony rides, FREE face painting, and FREE birthday cake.

Happy feet Two
from 21 September, 2012 to 06 October, 2012
Come & enjoy this fantastic School Holiday fun with the HAPPY FEET TWO, Time to Tap Interactive Display!

Matchbox 20 and INXS
from 02 November, 2012 to 03 November, 2012
Great night with Matchbox 20 & special guest INXS

Day on the Green
from 21 March, 2014 to 21 March, 2014
Bimbadgen Winery will rock to the sounds of Jimmy Barnes, the Angels with Dave Gleeson, Ian ‘Mossy’ Moss, Richard Clapton, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera. That's six incredible acts and more than five hours of some of the greatest Australian rock ever produced.

Christmas Lights Spectacular
from 08 November, 2012 to 25 January, 2013
With exciting new displays of over a million lights plus festive food, beverages, kids entertainment and Santa! Lights Open From 7.30pm every night.

Thirsty Merc New Years Eve 2012
from 30 December, 2012 to 31 December, 2012
Come celebrate New Years Eve with Thirsty Merc at Harrigans Irish Pub in amonst the vines!

Wedding Open Day
from 02 March, 2013 to 02 March, 2013
Wandin Hunter Valley

Game On at Wynwood Estate and Twine Restaurant
from 22 March, 2013 to 22 March, 2013
Dine around the vines on Wynwood Estate with 12 courses, with each course being matched with a different Wynwood wine.

Easter Long weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens
from 17 April, 2014 to 20 April, 2014
Join the Easter Bunny to search for lots of coloured eggs in our Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Every child will receive a gift of Easter chocolate at the completion of the hunt..The April school holiday program is also running during this event.

Hand Made in the Hunter Markets
from 08 November, 2013 to 28 December, 2013
Showcasing locally produced, handmade craft & food items made by some of the Hunter's cottage industries. Held at Kevin Sobels Wines November 9,16 & 23rd and Dec 7,14,27,28,29th.

Hunter Valley Running Festival
from 19 July, 2014 to 19 July, 2014
It’s not everyday that you get to run through world famous gardens, historic homesteads, international golf resorts and of course, some of the most famous wineries in Australia. Mix that with a huge selection of races, a friendly country race crew, loads of prizes and you have an event not to be missed.

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