Planning your next getaway to the Hunter Valley, but not quite sure what’s available to do? At Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, our resort and surrounding area have more than enough to keep everyone well entertained.
Of course, we know that sightseeing, experiences and local attractions all help build a memorable getaway. So, here are our top Hunter Valley activities to check out on your next holiday or weekend stay.
1. Hunter Valley Spa
Discover the ultimate relaxation sanctuary amongst the vines at the Hunter Valley’s best spa Ubika Spa. Kick back and relax while fully trained beauty therapists nourish your body with premium and natural products for a glow that shines both inside and out. Facials, massages, hot stone treatments and more await at the best resort in the Hunter Valley. View the full Spa Menu here.
2. Loviz Art Gallery
Indulge your artistic side and check out some of the best original paintings and prints at Loviz Art Gallery. Peruse the huge collection of street art, reproduction and original masterpieces by Hunter Valley artist Tanya Lovis. Thought-provoking pieces and colourful canvases will give endless joy to the art lover as you make your way around a variety of collections. You also have the chance to stock up on Loviz labelled wines, olive oils, greeting cards and much more.
3. Thirsty Palette Wines
In the Hunter Valley, it’s always Wine O’Clock. If you appreciate a decent glass of vino while appreciating artistic creations, Thirsty Palette Wines is definitely worth a visit. Discover a rustic and beautiful cellar door set in idyllic surrounds, the perfect place to bring a picnic and enjoy some stunning scenery. Unleash your inner artist at the wilderness art retreat and make a day of it with fine wine, beautiful views and a blank canvas to create your very own masterpiece.
4. Werakata National Park
Located just a 10-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort, you’ll find Werakata National Park. No visit to the Hunter Valley Region would be complete without taking in the magnificent sights on offer. Explore the scenic trails, enjoy a picnic at the Astills Picnic Ground and visit the old-world forestry hut. Werakata National Park is perfect for every season, offering an ever-changing landscape that is ideal for long, lazy walks in the wild.
5. Kitchener Poppethead Reserve
Kitchener Poppethead Reserve offers plenty of history set in stunning surrounds perfect for a romantic picnic or family day out. The dam is a haven for birds, making it ideal for twitchers. Spend an afternoon here exploring the creek, bush and old structures. Relax to the multitude of bird songs, breathe in the warm, fresh air and lose yourself among the trees. It’s also a great place to enjoy horse riding and biking on the many trails weaving around the reserve.
6. Hunter Valley Helicopter Experience
Sometimes, the best way to see an area is from the sky. Why not enjoy a Hunter Valley helicopter ride and soak up sights as far as the eye can see. With several local helicopter providers nearby, you can go from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to a sunset champagne flight in less than 20-minutes. Add a touch of magic to your stay and head above the clouds in your own private hire helicopter experience. You can book your experience at Aerologistics Helicopters and Hunter Valley Helicopters.
7. Hunter Valley Gardens
Another must-see attraction in the Hunter Valley is the Hunter Valley Gardens. These award-winning gardens are home to more than 6,000 roses, the Italian Grotto, the kid-friendly Storybook Garden and much more. Spend the day wandering around perfectly manicured and landscaped grounds. Grab a selfie with the Brokenback Brumbies, view the Oriental Gardens and see how many of the season’s statues you can find. The Hunter Valley Gardens are just a short drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and are definitely worth a visit.
8. Hunter Valley Zoo
If you are travelling with kids and looking for the best kid-friendly attractions in the Hunter Valley, You’ll definitely want to stop by the Hunter Valley Zoo. Just a stones throw away from the Hunter Valley Gardens, kids will adore the black and white ring-tailed lemurs, Boogle the Binturong and the usual family favourites. A variety of close encounters are also available, letting kids enjoy experiences such as cuddling up to the meerkats and marmosets.
9. Hunter Valley Horse Riding
The Hunter Valley is famous for its sweeping landscapes, vineyards and idyllic rural scenery – and what better way to experience it all on horseback? Hunter Valley Horse Riding Adventures is the perfect place to book yourself into a day of riding, with trails and tours suitable for all age groups and abilities. Located less than a 15-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, it’s perfectly situated for an early morning or sunset horse ride through some of the best scenery around.
10. Hot Air Balloon Experience
We’ve already mentioned but there’s no better way to see the Hunter Valley Region than from the sky. If helicopters are a little bit scary for you, a hot air balloon experience should fit the bill nicely. Soar above the vineyards and soak up spectacular views with nothing but the sound of the birds and the breeze around you. Better still, Beyond Ballooning is just 500 metres from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, making it the perfect last-minute activity. Want to make it extra-special? Why not book a champagne flight and pop the question to your partner in style? You can book flights at Beyond Ballooning
11. Hunter Valley 18-Hole Championship Golf
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley resort is home to our 18-hole championship golf course. Make your way around the biggest and best course in the region while enjoying stunning views of vineyards, the resort and the distant Brokenback Mountain Range. Enjoy our premium facilities and tee off moments from leaving your accommodation. Interested in how challenging it is? View our Course Guide here and plan your day, your way at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Golf Course.
12. Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley
At Sydney Brewery Hunter Valley, enjoy sampling local beers made from pure Hunter Valley water using traditional craft beer methods. One to try is the Lovedale Lager. Created with three types of hops, citrus undertones and smokey malt endnotes for a truly satisfying pint. If beer and lager isn’t your thing, why not sip on some ice-cold Sydney Cider or try one of the local creations? Worried about drink driving? Worry no more! The Sydney Brewery is located on-site at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, meaning you can go from bar to bed with just your two legs.
13. Fine Dining at Redsalt Restaurant
Our signature restaurant, Redsalt Restaurant serves up the finest seasonal dishes that truly reflect the local area. Savour the delights of locally-sourced produce, enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding area and dig into delicious award-winning meals. Start with a Lovedale Goats Cheese Mouse and Hunter Farmed Olives, followed by the Sous Vide ‘Hawkesberry’ Chicken Breast. Pair your meal with local Hunter Valley Wines and beers and relax in style with friends and family.
14. Lovedale Bar & Restaurant
If a genuine pub atmosphere is how you like to spend your evenings, Lovedale Bar & Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the place to go. Dig into generous portions of your favourite meals, sip on an ice-cold beer, cider or soft drink, boost your energy levels with an espresso martini and fill up on devilishly sweet house-made desserts. The Lovedale Bar & Restaurant is family-friendly, so the kids will be catered for too. Prefer to eat and drink outdoors? Order your meals to be delivered to your room or villa and dig in on your balcony or courtyard under the open sky.
15. Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village
Situated just a few minutes down the road from the Handmade in the Hunter Markets and less than 10 minutes from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, You’ll find the picturesque Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village. This new shopping zone will feature many local and regional treasures and treats, along with nearby cellar doors, places to eat and easy access to other local places of interest. Go from market stalls to boutiques and cellar doors to golf, all within 10-minutes of each other.
16. Kurri Kurri Town of Murals
Discover the colourful, eye-catching and inspirational murals at Kurri Kurri Town of Murals. Just a 20-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Valley, explore Australia’s largest collection of outdoor murals. While here, why not drop into the Edgeworth David Memorial Museum, the Richmond Vale Railway Museum or visit the Big Kookaburra in Rotary Park. The local town also has plenty of opportunities for eating, drinking and exploring – making it a great choice for the whole family.
17. Richmond Vale Railway Museum
Step back in time and take a closer look at the history of the humble locomotive. The Richmond Vale Railway Museum is a great place to enjoy a family-friendly day out in the Hunter Valley. This ever-popular museum offers up unlimited full-sized train rides, miniature train rides, annual events, historic films, a mining museum and lots of kid-friendly fun. Why not order a selection of snacks to go from the Lovedale Bar & Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and enjoy a picnic at the provided picnic grounds.
18. Handmade in Hunter Markets
If you love rustic, handmade or locally-grown things, you’ll fall in love with the Handmade in Hunter Markets. Located just a five-minute drive from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, you’ll find an array of stalls covering everything from farm-fresh produce to home décor and hand-crafted jewellery to unique clothes and accessories. Filled to the brim with local treasures and talent, it’s the perfect place to stock up on a few souvenirs – or treats for yourself. Open most Saturdays, check the official page for special events and modified market days.
19. Hunter Valley Kids Club & Play Zone
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort is a little slice of paradise for kids. With the only Kids Club in the Hunter Valley, along with our family-friendly outdoor rides, mini train, and games room – fun is definitely the order of the day. Better still, you can leave the kids to enjoy the day at the Kids Club while you enjoy a child-free meal, a dip in our adults-only pool or simply relax on a lounger for a few hours.
At Hunter Valley Kids Club and PlayZone, boredom is definitely off the menu.
20. Whisky at Vista Lounge
Another firm favourite to visit when staying at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the Vista Lounge – the best Whiskey Bar around. kick back and relax after a long day of exploring the Hunter Valley with a selection of 36 whisky varieties, handcrafted drinks and a few tasty bar bites in front of the open fire. With a fantastic selection of bar bites and drinks available, what better way to end the day than soaking up a relaxing atmosphere in one of our lounges with a glass of the finest malt on the rocks?
21. The Garden Cellars
The Garden Cellars is one of the most popular places in the Hunter Valley to stock up on local Hunter Valley wine, craft beers and ciders. Explore the Tunnel of Beer and sample locally distilled Hunter Valley Vodka. Located just an 8-minute drive away from Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley at the picturesque Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village, take the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy while enjoying a few sneaky tipples along the way.
Enjoy an Escape to Hunter Valley in Style
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the ultimate family-friendly resort guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained. Our Hunter Valley luxury accommodation ranges from stylish and modern rooms to larger villas perfect for larger groups and families.
Our resort facilities cater to every type of traveller. From business to leisure, enjoy spa days, golf, outdoor activities, fine food and local wine all in one place. Get ready to experience the Hunter Valley in Style and be sure to check out some of these amazing Hunter Valley activities in the surrounding areas.