Heading out to the Hunter

Head north out of Sydney on the New England Highway and you're on the lip of Australia's Country Way, where the journey is the reward and new destinations are all around you. Make your way through the beachside hub of Newcastle and its striking mix of industry and cosmopolitan living, before swinging inland to Cessnock in the Hunter Valley's hinterland wine territory. Take a pit-stop over award-winning wines, olive products, quality fruits and delicious cheeses, or stretch your stop to an overnight stay in a cottage amongst the vineyards.

Singleton is the first major centre you'll drive into. A lovely laidback atmosphere awaits in this town conveniently bordered by the Broke Fordwich Wine Region. The centres of Muswellbrook and Scone are surrounded by national parks and steeped in the heritage of Australian bush lore. Into the upper Hunter the fertile river flats house award-winning wineries, horse studs, quaint lane ways and country roads winding through rolling green hills.

Accommodation unique to the area includes lovingly restored homesteads, nostalgic pubs, quality motels, superb camping, cabins and B&Bs, as well as offering 5 star and premium options.