Cover photo via: RACV
The Hunter Valley is a world-renowned wine region in New South Wales, Australia. While the area is famous for that reason, there are plenty of other attractions to explore as well.
In this blog, we’ll discover some other experiences to seek out that aren’t in the wine region, as well as provide a recommendation for the most historic and unique Hunter Valley accommodation.
Photo via: Visit Wollombi
Wollombi is a historic village located in the south of the Hunter Valley. The village is known for its picturesque streets, colonial-era buildings, and charming atmosphere. There are several things to see and do in Wollombi, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
In addition to the beautiful walks and scenery, one of the highlights of Wollombi is the Endeavour Museum, which is housed in an 1866 sandstone courthouse. The museum features exhibits on the area’s Indigenous and colonial history, including the local Indigenous culture, early European settlement, and the area’s wine industry.
Photo Via: National Parks NSW
Barrington Tops National Park
The Barrington Tops National Park is located about an hour’s drive from the Hunter Valley and is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. The park covers over 75,000 hectares of wilderness and features stunning waterfalls, deep gorges, and dense rainforests.
There are several hiking trails throughout the park, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, such as kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats, as you explore the park.
The Barrington Tops also make quite a view from a distance. In fact, the Monte Carlo Penthouse in the William Arnott Boutique Hotel provides impressive views of not only the Tops but Colonial Morpeth and the Hunter River, too. As far as Hunter Valley accommodation goes, this is one place that tells quite a story.
Looking for Hunter Valley Accommodation with endless history and charm?
There is no shortage of options out there when it comes to Hunter Valley accommodation, however, there is no place quite like the William Arnott Boutique Hotel. Steeped in rich Australian history with our most iconic biscuit connoisseur at the centre, this is one place to stay that can’t be matched for character, quality, and personality.
You best believe that you can book the entire hotel out so your party can spread out and it’s called the Family Assorted (of course!). If you have a smaller group, why not try the enchanting VoVo Suite or the Monte Carlo Penthouse? If you’re a solo traveller, the SAO Studio could be the one for you.
Other Hunter Valley accommodation options that may be of interest are a gorgeous studio loft in East Maitland or the beautiful two-bedroom Fieldsend Cottage.While you’re in the area, there’s so much to see in Maitland. Take in a once-in-a-lifetime sourdough baking class in the Historic Arnott Bakehouse – with one of William Arnott’s descendants. What could possibly be more iconic than that?