Head into the heart of the Hunter Valley this Australia Day and experience the regions rugged natural beauty, rich history and modern experiences! We’ve pulled together an abundance of fun activities to fill your day, and help you create the perfect Australia Day itinerary.
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1. Picnic among the Vines
Pack your tongs and your esky and celebrate Australia Day in the Hunter Valley with a classic Aussie BBQ picnic. Gather the family and take advantage of one of the many public BBQ and picnic facilities. For those who like to leave the cooking to the experts, drop into the Smelly Cheese Shop or Binnorie Dairy and stock up your picnic basket with the best cheese from the region and beyond.
There is nothing more Aussie than a bit of friendly competition. Grab your friends for the ultimate showdown and show of your Aussie sportsmanship with a game of cricket, volleyball, basketball or tennis! For those looking for something a little less physical, head down to the lawn next to the Lovedale Bar and challenge a new friend to one of the many onsite lawn games.
3. Kangaroo spotting
What better way to enjoy Australia Day in the Hunter Valley than with an Aussie icon? The Hunter Valley is home to an abundance of kangaroos, who enjoy grazing in a variety of public areas. If you’re looking for a bit of local knowledge, why not book a tour? Explore the bush, spot kangaroos grazing and marvel at the majestic Brokenback Ranges. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a wombat.
4. Moonlight Cinema
Australia Day’s warm summer night is calling your name and what better way to enjoy the night air than with a movie under the stars. Grab a drink at the Lovedale Bar and watch as the iconic Australian movie ‘The Man from Snowy River’ is brought to life on the outdoor big screen from 7pm.
5. Brewery Tasting
Share your love for our fine country over some of the best beers the Hunter Valley has to offer. Spend your Australia Day experiencing the Hunter Valley’s craft beer revolution and enjoy a half day tour of the Pokolbin beer scene. Visit three of the Region’s best breweries, the Hunter Beer Company, Hope Estate Brewhouse and the Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley.
6. Have a Drink with friends
Would Australia Day be complete without a dip in the pool? Take a break from all that exciting Hunter Valley action and sip a refreshing beverage by the water. Grab a lounge beside Regional NSW’s largest resort pool and indulge in one of the many Australia Day food and drink specials. If you’d rather enjoy some quiet, grown up fun be sure to check out the adults only Haven Pool.
7. Stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens
Get back to nature and indulge in Australia’s exquisite natural beauty. Spend your Australia Day exploring the stunning Australian and international flora at Hunter Valley Gardens. Marvel at over 6000 trees, 600,000 shrubs and over 1 million ground cover plants, plus waterfalls, statues, murals and more!
8. Trek to Mount Bright lookout
Looking for an active Australia Day adventure? The Mount Bright lookout bush walk is for you! Take a short hike to the breathtaking vantage point overlooking the valley and reflect on what life in Australia was like, hundreds of years ago. Don’t forget to bring your camera.