Hunter Valley - Wine Country
The Hunter Valley is ony a couple of hours drive north of Sydney and just a little inland from the coast. As such it is a popular weekend destination for the population of Sydney, so if you want it to yourself you'd better go during the midweek.
"The Hunter" is a great place summer or winter with fabulous vineyards, hotels and Bed & Breakfasts. Winter time means open fires and red wines while summer time sees the vines laden with fruit and the outdoors begging you to stop for a picnic at every turn.
The vineyards are a mix of historic and modern chic and the wines are world famous for their qualities.
Close enough for a day trip from Sydney but best enjoyed with a stay of a few days.