What can you do in the Hunter Valley if you don’t drink

Hunter Valley had been known for its vine-filled landscape and best wines. Its rolling vineyards, which is also home to the best wine refineries globally, is undoubtedly the central drawer to visitors and locals alike. 

But what other attractions and activities aside from the usual wine drinking and tasting does Hunter Valley offer to tourist and guest? To start with, it also has excellent restaurants, beautiful accommodations, and a lot of festivals and events. There is no dull moment when you visit Hunter Valley. Here is some alternative if you are not a wine drinker in Hunter Valley.

Try Top-Notch Coffee At Hunter Valley Coffee Roaster

If you are looking for quality beans and expert coffee brewing, this gold medalist in the Australian Grown Category at the 2016 Compak Golden Bean Awards will be the best place to visit. They used Mountain Top coffee that is clean, sustainable and pesticide-free. The Coffee Roaster is located at Worthington’s Vineyard. 

Dine at The Legends Grill @ The Vintage

 Enjoy delectable food at the Vintage and try their classic french dish, chateaubriand. It a 500g beef eye fillet served with bone marrow, asparagus, bearnaise and mushrooms. This dish was introduced a few years ago in Vintage and had become popular ever since. 

It’s great for couples and has to be cooked below medium-rare for the perfect juicy meat. After the main dish, you can also try their Sticky Date Pudding with butterscotch sauce. It is the ideal combination for a romantic evening or family dinner. 

Visit different Olive groves in Hunter Valley.

Aside from vineyards, Hunter Valley is also known for its many Olive groves. Try visiting the Whispering Brook and join the famous Olive Long Table Lunch. It is a four-course menu prepared by the Cellar chef Andrew Wright that features dishes with the new season’s olive oil harvest.

You can also visit Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove and see 12 different types of olive oil varieties. See how they process olives and their different salad blends. 

Enjoy Nature and the Outdoors

Hunter Valley is surrounded by beautiful scenery and nature. It has many breathtaking views of the mountain and serene bushland.

Hunter Valley is home to State Forest, Conservation Areas and National Parks. Visitors will have a lot of opportunities to see birds, local wildlife and kangaroos. They can also tour the gardens, go mountain biking or bushwalking.

Hunter Valley Heritage

Hunter Valley has a rich cultural heritage and histories like mining, convicts, bushranging and aboriginal sites. Tourist can take the scenic Tourist Drive 33 or Convict Trail.

The Convict Trail is a 240-kilometre long road constructed by convicts between 1826 to 1836. Marvel at the remarkable feat of engineering as it passes through razorback ridges, towering passes and sandstone gorges. It provides a route from Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter Valley. 

Original structures such as buttresses, bridges, piers, culverts and stone retaining walls can be seen along the Great North Road. 

Learn the Aboriginal history or explore the historic Wollombi Village and learn about the history of convicts. Visitors can take a 1 km historical walk of Wollombi and its historical buildings. 

You can visit the St John’s Anglican Church, built-in 1846 and consecrate by Bishop Tyrell in 1849. Then afterwards, go to the Endeavor Museum, the timber courthouse’s original location and lockup. 

Within the vicinity of Wollombi Village is the Wollombi Cemetery which was consecrated in 1849 by Bishop Tyrel. You can also visit the Wollombi Cottage, the old barn, Wollombi School and the Forge. To complete your visit, you also have a relaxing stroll along the Wollombi Brook. 

What is the best time to visit Hunter Valley?

The Hunter Valley is located just north of Sydney in New South Whales. Hunter Valley is known for its many wineries and is Australia’s major wine regions. It has a great history dating back to the early 1800s. 

It is home to a lot of family-run and world-renowned wineries, mainly located near the Hunter River. Enjoy the view of its rolling landscape filled with vineyards. Embark on an adventure and enjoy the wine, food and warm hospitality of people. 

What is the best time to visit Hunter Valley?

Answering which time to visit Hunter Valley is challenging since each season brings something unique to visitors. Each season summer, autumn, winter and spring, draws a new experience and adventure. 


Summer in the Hunter Valley is from December to February and a great time for many holiday festivities, concerts and grape harvesting. It is a very vibrant time and perfect for a wine tasting of sparkling white wine. 

Summer is a great time for picking grapes, although you have to prepare yourself for the heat and a little walking in the vineyards. Watch how the newly harvested grapes are de-stemmed and crushed to produce juice that will be fermented into tasty wine. 


Autumn in Hunter Valley is from March to May and is also one of its peak seasons for visitors. The temperature is excellent with minimal rain. It is also a favourite for photographers since the vineyards turn into brown, green, yellow, and orange hues.

Expect huge crowds, tickets, and the prices of accommodations can be a little higher. So it would be a great idea to book ahead to get the best deals. 


Winter is between June to August, and visitors will witness the mist and fog blanketing the whole Hunter Valley. Visitors can enjoy the chilly weather that can fall to 5 degrees Celcius. So don’t forget to bring your jackets and winter essentials when you visit Hunter Valley during the Winter season. 

So what better way of spending cold nights in Hunter Valley than to have a taste of their excellent wines. Winter is a low season for tourist, so expect fewer crowds.


Spring is from September to November and one of the best time to see the vineyards and gardens coming into life. It offers beautiful views and many activities for the guest. 

Spring signals the start of the concert season with many local and international acts performing. It is also the season for the Octoberfest, market days, wine festivals, music festivals, balloon fiestas, and so much more.