It isn’t hard to sing the praises of this region, rich in history, culture, natural wonders, ocean and lake playgrounds and the bounties of the earth; it is one of my favourite places on earth.
Newcastle sits at the mouth of the Hunter River, and is still the economic and trade centre for the resource rich Hunter Valley but should not be overlooked as just an industrial town. Newcastle has come a long way from her mining town origins and she has much to offer with this coming of age.
Once treated as a stop over town for leisure and commercial overnighters, Newcastle is now being discovered and revered as something much more than just a bolt hole from which to discover the region. Newcastle has become a cosmopolitan hub and boasts a thriving tourism and hospitality industry.
THE HUNTER VALLEY
The Hunter Valley is the premier winegrowing area of New South Wales, a two-hour drive from Sydney and a popular weekend trip.
The Hunter’s 50 wineries harvest grapes in February and March and welcome visitors throughout the year. Gateway to the Pokolbin region – where most of the Lower Hunter Valley wineries are located – is Cessnock, where the local tourist information centre supplies touring maps and brochures.
Newcastle and the Hunter Coast is a boat loving, food and wine loving and beach loving paradise, I came here for a few weeks to work and I simply do not want to leave. I could settle here in a heartbeat. The people are friendly, the coast and lake views are to die for and the food and wine is fabulous – well perhaps that is a big draw card for my wanting to stay.
Come to Newcastle and the Hunter Coast, you will wonder why you have left it so long. Stay a while and enjoy this exciting part of the world, there is enough here to enthrall you from babyhood to your grey haired days. There is a wide choice of accommodations across the region to choose from, the cream of the crop are featured here on www.australiatravel.com.