Located just a two-hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is an amazing place to enjoy a countryside escape the whole family will love. Whether you’re a couple looking for romance in the wine country, a family looking for fun things to do in the Hunter Valley, or a foodie in search of gastronomic delights – there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.

To help you make the most of your time in the Hunter Valley, here are our top ten tips to follow when exploring the Hunter region.

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Know What to Pack

The Hunter Valley can experience a variety of different weather patterns throughout the year. Summer days are long and hot, with thunderstorms and rain being at their peak. Spring and autumn are milder, but still warm and with fewer rainy days. Winter in the Hunter Valley is typically mild, with clear blue skies in the day and crisp, cool nights in the evening. If you’re not quite sure what to pack, be sure to check out our What to Wear guide for more inspiration.

Look For Special Offers

When planning a visit to the Hunter Valley region, you’ll usually be able to find special offers and discounts on accommodation, tours and attractions. From off-peak savings to advance booking discounts, enjoy more for less during your stay. With offers on accommodation, dining, spa experiences and savings on your next game of golf, special offers can be found throughout the year. Better still, by booking directly with Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, you can take advantage of exclusive offers not available anywhere else online.

Plan Ahead For Your Trip

To avoid disappointment when visiting the top attractions, tours and hotspots in the Hunter Valley, be sure to check the official website of your chosen destination to ensure it’s open, operating and has availability for your selected dates. When visiting during the peak season, it’s highly recommended to pre-book any attractions and tours well in advance. Not quite sure of the best things to see and do in the Hunter Valley? Our friendly concierge and reception team will be more than happy to help you.

Enjoy a Hunter Valley Wine Tour

No visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without going on at least one wine tour. With hundreds of vineyards, wineries and cellar doors across the region, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to sampling the grown-up grape juice. One of the best places to kickstart your wine tasting is at Redsalt Restaurant, which serves up some of the finest local wines. The best way to tour the finest Hunter Valley wineries, cellar doors and vineyards is with the iHop Bus, with guided and self-guided tours stopping off at the hottest spots in the region throughout the day. Simply jump on and off as often as you want, creating a wine tour that fits your day.

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Check Out The Sydney Brewery

While wine is one of the main draws for visitors to the Hunter region, it’s not to everyone’s tastes. Luckily, there are plenty of other options available, with a tour and tasting at The Sydney Brewery being among the most popular alternatives. Located within the grounds of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort, Sydney Brewery takes visitors behind the scenes, with exclusive beer and cider tastings. Lovedale Bar + Grill also has some amazing tasting paddles from Sydney Brewery, which go perfectly with the mouthwatering share plates. Signature and classic cocktails are also on the menu, along with plenty of kid-friendly and dry options.

Delicious Dining Options

The Hunter region is paradise for foodies and those who appreciate quality meals made using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. From the Lovedale Cafe and Lovedale Bar + Grill to Redsalt restaurant, Vista Lounge and in-room Dining, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has a variety of options for enjoying award-winning menus, flavour-explosions in every bite, and a focus on seasonal produce. Enjoy a delicious a la carte breakfast overlooking the manicured grounds of the resort, take lunch by the pool, spend evenings in the beer garden or indulge from the comfort of your room. Of course, there are plenty of local bistros, restaurants and cafes in the local area to enjoy when out and about too.

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Don’t Overload Your Itinerary

There’s nothing worse than rushing from one place to the next, trying to fit everything on your itinerary into your trip without actually taking the time to enjoy yourself. The Hunter Valley is home to some fantastic attractions and places of interest. Instead of trying to jam everything into one day, choose a couple of things you want to do and really take your time with them. Whether it’s visiting the Hunter Valley Gardens, the Hunter Valley Zoo, enjoying a Hunter Valley hot air balloon ride or having lunch at one of the many wineries – absorb every moment. If you’re not 100% certain about what to do, check out our top Hunter Valley Experiences page.

Know Your Kid-Friendly Options

While known for its wine, spas and adult-centric activities, the Hunter Valley is also an amazing place for families travelling with kids. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is home to a kids club, teen lounge, games room, and a variety of family-friendly facilities – including the only waterpark in the Hunter Valley. Kids will love the miniature train and carousel, while older kids will appreciate the classic video games and fairground-style games. Just 5-minutes from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the Hunter Valley Zoo, which is perfect for an entertaining yet educational family day out.

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Stay on Top of NSW COVID Guidelines

The NSW COVID Guidelines are constantly evolving, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest information. As an IHG resort, we follow rigorous cleaning and hygiene standards as part of the IHG Way of Clean promise. While many of the requirements and restrictions have now been lifted across the state, you can rest assured that Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is taking all necessary steps and precautions to keep guests and staff safe while offering our usual high levels of service.

Book Your Accommodation in Advance

Home to some of the best vineyards, outdoor activities and resorts in NSW, it’s always wise to book your Hunter Valley accommodation in advance – especially if you’re planning a visit during school and public holidays. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is centrally located in the heart of Pokolbin, making it ideal for exploring the best that the region has to offer.

With a variety of room types, including suites, deluxe rooms and standard rooms – advance bookings can attract savings of up to 20% off.
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