It’s easy to see why vineyards thrive here – the landscape’s full of gently sloping hills surrounded by craggy mountains, with breezes that help the grapes to grow. Tour around famous cellar doors, drop by independent restaurants and browse for goodies at artisanal markets.
As for where to stay, the Hunter Valley’s known for luxury. Think boutique lodges that are ripe for romance, or world-class golf and spa resorts. Bring the family for pool fun and aqua golf, or cosy up in front of a crackling fire with wine, chocolate and your special someone.