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Travel guide Hunter Valley & Barrington


Dam It Getaway - a family-friendly experience
By Bev Price

Dam It Getaway is a beautiful property set on 78 acres of farmland, situated 8km from Gloucester and only 30 minutes to the World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park. The Bowman River runs through the property, take a walk to the river where you can go for a swim in summer, or go for a paddle in the canoe provided. The property has an outdoor pool and spa with magnificent views over the valley. The perfect place to sit back, relax and have a drink! At Dam It Getaway you can choose from a three bedroom homestead, which sleeps six people comfortably or a two bedroom cabin, which sleeps four people. The pool and spa are conveniently located in the middle of both accommodation options. Children have the space to run around without parents worrying about where they are, what t... Read more

Top View Farm - great group accommodation
By Carolyn Hetherington

Top View Farm in the Lower Hunter Valley provides modern homely comforts in a beautiful rural backdrop. From its stunning views, the well-maintained home and our friendly animals, Top View Farm has everything large groups need to relax away from “the grind”. The accommodation offers 4 large bedrooms and a sofa bed in the games room, which is ideal for family groups, reunions, special occasions, small business seminars or just for a group of friends looking to spend quality time together.  Top View has an open-plan lounge, with a modern fully-equipped kitchen off the dining area. Sliding doors lead out to a wrap-around verandah, complete with outdoor comfy chairs, gas BBQ and a magnificent view of the hinterland. Just a 2 hour drive up the F3 from Sydney, to Maitland a... Read more

Review - Villa Merlot
By Penny Parsons

Cypress Lakes Resort Cnr McDonald & Thompsons Roads Pokolbin Hunter Valley NSW This self-contained apartment is within the Cypress Lakes resort, but has a feeling of privacy and solitude, thanks to the elevated outlook and the leafy surrounds. Overall rating?      Excellent What makes Villa Merlot different? It is wonderful to be so close to all the facilities that a world-class resort offers, and yet feel separate and private. The upstairs location, coupled with the beautifully tended grounds and bushy outlook, means that you feel quite apart from the bustle of the resort – yet with access all the facilities you could want. Accommodation overview Villa Merlot has one spacious bedroom with a king-size bed and fine quality linen.  There is a d... Read more

Review - Dam It Getaway
By Lisa Powell

81 Kia-Ora Hill Road Bowman Farm Gloucester NSW This lovely rural property is set high on a hill with spectacular views and is a home away from home with everything you need for a weekend or week away … relax with the abundant birdlife, kangaroos and get back in touch with nature – and yourself. Overall rating? Excellent What makes Dam It Getaway different? Its location in the Barrington Tops region means that everywhere you look there is another glorious view, and the property offers comfort, seclusion and serenity. The house is self-contained and milk, tea and coffee are supplied and the owners are happy to do a shop to set you up, if you arrange with them before arrival.  They also provide lovely hampers and picnics by arrangement. Accommodation overview T... Read more

Gloucester and the Barrington Tops
By Lisa Monk

Those who live in Sydney and surrounds are absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to taking short breaks… there is an astonishing array of glorious beaches spreading north and south and the spectacular and majestic scenery of the Blue Mountains just to the west.  However, relatively few have discovered the rural gem that is Gloucester and the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops – and this remnant of our timber cutting and dairy history is only a few hours away by car. Take the efficient (but dull!) F3 to the Pacific Highway, turn off onto the bumpy (and anything but dull!) Bucketts Way north of Raymond Terrace, and you will quickly feel that you have found a pocket of Australia thought long gone. Bucketts Way winds through towns with names reminiscent of the old ... Read more

Review - Gloucester Art House
By Lisa Powell

8 Cook Street Gloucester  NSW Quality accommodation in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Gloucester River Overall rating?        Outstanding        What makes Gloucester Art House different? This is a fantastic house in a bushland setting that abounds with birdlife.  The Gloucester River runs through the bottom of the property, giving you all the ambience of being deep in the country, yet within a short walk to town. The art works displayed throughout the house give it a magical feeling and everything is supplied to ensure you have a great stay. Accommodation overview There are two bedrooms with queen-size beds, the main has an ensuite, there is a double bed on the landing on the way up to the art s... Read more

NSW Wine regions
By Kylie Robertson & Irene Morgan

The Food and Wine of New South Wales Australia’s first vines Since the first grapevine was planted on the edge of Sydney Harbour in 1788, the New South Wales wine industry has flourished. Today, New South Wales produces world-famous Hunter Semillons, rich ripe reds from Mudgee, delicate cool-climate wines from Australia’s highest vineyards and sweet botrytis-affected wines that are amongst the best in the world. The diversity of climate and terrain in New South Wales has encouraged new and exciting wine regions to emerge alongside established ones such as the Hunter Valley, Orange and Mudgee. The spectacular growth of new wine regions is only matched by the enthusiasm of winemakers across the State who are experimenting with lesser known varieties such as Chambourcin, Gewur... Read more

Hunter Valley – World Class Food & Wine
By Tourism NSW

Lovers of good Australian wine know that the Hunter Valley’s semillon is amongst the best in the world. The Hunter is the oldest continuously planted wine region in Australia. Fine wines are matched here by a determination to supply the freshest and best produce. So it’s not just great wine at the cellar door in the Hunter – visitors can  taste olives, cheeses, sourdough and other delicacies, all locally grown.   Fine golf courses – the Vintage Golf Resort was designed by Greg Norman – stylish spa retreats, outdoor pursuits such as hot air ballooning and 4WD tours into World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park make the Hunter Valley a perfect place to relax and enjoy.  Boutique accommodation is a speciality here with funky, designer guest... Read more

Aberdeen, Upper Hunter, NSW
By Cherie Donavan

The Upper Hunter Valley and Barrington Tops region offers much in the way of both horses and wine appreciation. With over 70 fine horse studs breeding winners for major horse races across the globe. Kia Ora, founded in 1912 is the birthplace of seven Melbourne Cup winners.  All year round horse events are featured in the area with all disciplines being represented including polo, polocrosse, camp drafting, rodeos etc. These are brought together during the Horse Festival which runs for 16 days during May starting with a parade and ending with the Scone Emerites Cup which is the richest regional horse racing event in Australia. Tours of both Horse Studs and vineyards can be arranged. Wine tasting is available at the many surrounding vineyards including Rosemoun... Read more

Sensational Singleton
By Penny Parsons

Singleton – A Tidy Town Singleton, discovered in the 1820’s, prides itself on the rich heritage and natural country splendour that is ever present. The township is the centre of an area of strong farming, mining and military operations, and is dotted with preserved buildings and historic museums that provide a unique insight into life in Singleton at the beginning of the 19th century. Singleton can boast of being the actual geographic heart of the Hunter Valley. The town centre comprises numerous businesses, convenience stores and country pubs. Singleton’s central location on the New England Highway makes access easy and convenient and hence the town becomes a popular overnight stopover for travellers from inland New South Wales. However, if you wish to explore beyon... Read more

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