Australia has some pretty unique locations that make for an amazing weekend away with your girlfriends. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, an exciting life event, or just to reconnect away from your usual surroundings, the Hunter Valley has plenty of fun activities on offer.
From wine tasting tours, indulgent spa days, horse riding among the vines to adrenaline-fuelled rally driving – there’s literally something for everyone. Pack those bags, grab those sunnies and get ready to hit the Hunter Valley in style.
To help you make the most of every minute, here are five unique activities for a girls weekend away that are sure to keep everyone entertained.
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience
There’s no denying that the Hunter Valley delivers when it comes to sweeping landscapes, prowling vineyards and rural idylls. From the ground, you’re treated to natural beauty at every turn, with views that are Instagram-worthy. However, if you genuinely want to appreciate the beauty of the Hunter region, there’s no better way than taking to the skies and soaring high above the vineyards.
Climb aboard your very own hot air balloon with your closest girlfriends and head toward the clouds with Beyond Ballooning. Let the wind carry you across open fields, endless grapevines and toward the Brokenback mountain range on a 1-hour flight. Photos are taken on board before heading back toward the ground, where you’ll be whisked off to Redsalt Restaurant for a champagne breakfast. If you’re looking for a special way to kickstart your girls weekend away, this is it.
Hunter Valley Wine & Cellar Door Tour
No visit to the Hunter Valley would be complete without at least sampling some of the local grapes. From award-winning whites to rustic reds, wine is definitely on the agenda here. From Lovedale Bistro and Redsalt to nearby cellar doors, vineyards and wineries, enjoy a day of wine tasting, artisanal food and great views.
Concierge can recommend and arrange a personalised wine tour for you and the girls, or you can use the iHop Bus to make your way around local gems in the nearby area. If wine isn’t really your thing, the Vista Lounge serves up a selection of cocktails and shots on the rocks using 36 varieties of whisky. Alternatively the Sydney Brewery has a great selection of craft beers and ciders perfect for relaxing and taking in views of the resort grounds.
Hunter Valley Spa Weekend
Found on-site at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Ubika Spa is the ultimate destination for pure indulgence and relaxation. Inspired by the local environment and ever-changing seasons, a variety of inspired treatments will wash away your stress. Enjoy a hot stone treatment, full-body exfoliation, deep tissue massage, candlelit spa bath and makeover – using luxurious ingredients that are good for body, mind and environment.
Book out the sanctuary suite for the ultimate private experience. It’s the perfect place to spend quality time together with relaxation and restoration in mind. Enjoy full use of the Spa Sanctuary Suite’s spa bath, infrared sauna, separate bathroom and tranquil relaxation area. The experience includes a glass of Australian wine and fruit platter to enjoy at your leisure.
With 40+ different spa treatments to choose between, along with manicure, pedicure, hair cutting and styling services too, self-indulgence is definitely on the menu.
Vineyard Horse Trail Ride
Explore the best of the Hunter Valley on horseback by taking part in the Brokenback Range Horseriding Trail at Hunter Valley Horses. Enjoy spending an entire hour exploring scenic countryside trails, sprawling vineyards and views of magnificent mountains. Great for beginners and those with limited experience, it’s you, your girlfriends, your horses and the sound of nature.
Experienced instructors escort you across a variety of walking trails, effortlessly guiding you around some of the most beautiful hidden spots and secret gems before making your way back toward the stables. Other popular tours include the Hunter Valley Horse Carriage Wine Tour, perfect for those who prefer a seat to a saddle. Tours depart on the hour, every hour from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, seven days a week.
Squirrel Monkey Encounter at Hunter Valley Zoo
What better way to spend an afternoon than getting up close and personal with one of the world’s cutest primates, the squirrel monkey, at Hunter Valley Zoo? Spend time feeding and interacting while capturing plenty of photos of the experience. If Squirrel monkeys aren’t your thing, other options include binturong, emperor tamarin, marmoset, meerkats and black and white ruffed lemurs.
Once you’ve enjoyed your wild encounter, why not make use of the free bbq facilities and relax under the warm Hunter Valley sun before exploring a variety of other intriguing animals, daily shows and tours. Open Thursday to Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily; it’s the perfect place to enjoy a day out with the girls while checking out reptiles, birds and mammals from around the world.
Accommodation for a Girls Weekend Away
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has a variety of villas, suites and rooms perfect for that special girls weekend away. With 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas available, enjoy a luxurious stay in the heart of the Hunter Valley while enjoying maximum space and privacy. On-site, you’ll find an adults-only pool, large resort pool, outdoor waterpark, championship 18-hole golf course, gym, spa and a variety of bars, lounges and restaurants, to name a few.
Rediscover the true meaning of a luxurious girls weekend away in the beautiful winemaking region and reconnect in absolute comfort and style. From long weekends away to a sneaky mid-week escape, all of the facilities you could need for a memorable stay are included. Ready to start planning the girls weekend of a lifetime? Book your stay today and prepare to indulge your senses in every way possible.