Hunter Valley tours, experiences and deals
Get to experience all that Hunter Valley has to offer both on the ground and above, particularly on a day trip from Sydney.
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Although Hunter Valley is known as one of Australia’s top wine regions, there is much more to do here than taste the world-famous wines. In this region it’s all about treating yourself whether it be to a gourmet lunch and trying new cheeses and chocolate, to beer tastings and scenic helicopter or hot air balloon flights.
If you crave a bit more adventure the region also offers rally driving.
In Hunter Valley there's a little something for everyone and for all kinds of tastes. When spending a weekend in the area from Sydney you can enjoy a few of these activities below.
Top 5 things to do in Hunter Valley
1. Explore the wineries
Since Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s major wine regions, it makes sense that you should stop in for a day or weekend of wine tasting at the open cellar doors.
Some of Australia’s top brands are grown here and varieties include Sémillon and Shiraz.
Big brands, family-run and boutique wineries are in the area to suit your needs and wants.
Top winery tours from Sydney:
Gourmet food and wine day tour
Private luxury winery tour
Hunter Valley wine, cheese and chocolate tour
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2. Ride in a hot air balloon
A trip up and above in a hot air balloon is a treat for the eyes across this stunning wine region.
The rolling green hills and nearby lakes provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning hot air balloon ride that brings you up with the sunrise.
Afterwards you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast which you can enjoy with even more incredible vineyard views.
Top hot air balloon ride experiences in the Hunter Valley:
Hot air ballooning over Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley hot air ballooning
Hot air balloon flight
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3. Experience the thrill of rally driving
It’s your choice to hop in the hot seat and let a professional drive you around the course at full speed or to jump behind the wheel yourself and feel the rush.
Rally driving experiences in Hunter Valley range from beginners to advanced drivers – so all can experience the thrill of riding in a rally car.
Top rally driving experiences in the Hunter Valley:
9 laps rally drive experience
Hunter Valley rally driving
3 hotlap ride in a rally car
4. Take a scenic helicopter flight
Spoil yourself with a scenic helicopter flight to soak up spectacular views across the region.
Whether you choose to take a private flight for two or for a group of friends, you can find yourself sipping on a champagne breakfast with even more amazing views or having a luxury picnic lunch before flying back.
The choice is yours.
Top helicopter flight tours from Sydney:
Hunter Valley scenic flight and gourmet breakfast
Hunter Valley wine country helicopter flight
Hunter Valley helicopter flight with picnic and wine
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5. Taste the beers
Hunter Valley isn’t just for the wine lovers, it's possible to find great craft beer too.
Get yourself on a beer tour so you can try the many tipples of the area and have them paired with food for the ultimate beer-and-foodie experience.
If beer isn’t your thing, you can also visit award-winning breweries to try their ciders instead.
Top beer tours in the Hunter Valley:
Hunter Valley craft beer tour with lunch and tastings
Hunter Valley beer and food experience
Hunter Valley brewery tour
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Hunter Valley tours from Sydney compared:
|Type of tour||Duration||Includes transport from Sydney?||Where to book and starting price|
|Hot air balloon||1 hour||No|
|Rally driving||30 minutes - 2 hours||No|
|Helicopter flights||3-6 hours||Yes and no (only 1 offers Sydney hotel pick up)|
|Beer tours and tastings||3.5-7 hours||No|
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