Hunter Valley

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Hunter Valley

Australia…it’s the other side of the world and a day away. Far from our normal life. A place where they drive on the other side of the road and sit on the other side of the car to drive. Where the signs on the road tell you to watch for kangaroos and wombats. But…the language is the same, well, mostly. The slang can be a bit of a hang up to translate.

In October, we got on a plane for the short (that’s sarcasm) flight to Sydney. Our destination was the Wine Media Conference in the Hunter Valley which is north of Sydney, but we flew in early to visit a bit more. Mind you Australia is a large country, almost as large as the US, so we focused on the region of New South Wales which surrounds Sydney and of course, primarily, we were looking at the wines of this region.

Map courtesy of Destination NSW and NSW Government New South Wales

Map courtesy of Destination NSW and NSW Government

We visited 5 of the 14 wine regions in New South Wales: Shoalhaven Coast, Southern Highlands, Mudgee, Hunter Valley and Orange. These are the regions closest to Sydney. A little further north on the coast takes you to Hastings River, then even further north and inland you find New England. Inland to the West of Sydney (and mostly to the south) you find the regions of Cowra, Hilltops, Gundagai, Canberra District, Tumbarumba, the tiny Perricoota and the really large Riverina. We would have needed far more than 2 weeks to explore all these regions.

Hunter Valley

Scarborough Vineyard, Hunter Valley Australia
Scarborough Vineyard, Hunter Valley Australia

New South Wales is the region surrounding Sydney.  Good ole’ Captain James Cook discovered and named this region.  Okay…we will amend this.  He didn’t “discover” it.  It was there and inhabited by aboriginal peoples.  But none the less, he donned it with the name “New South Wales” and soon the Brits were sending Convict Ships this way. (The American Revolution meant they couldn’t send their convicts there any longer).

The first fleet of six ships included the Scarborough (that name will come up again later).  They landed in what is now Sydney. In this region you find the Gadigal people.  Future settlements moved up and down the coast and inland and provided the infrastructure for much of the region as it is known today.

Hunter Valley

New South Wales

  • Big Rivers
    • Murray Darling
    • Perricoota
    • Riverina
    • Swan Hill
  • Central Ranges
    •  Cowra
    • Mudgee
    • Orange

New South Wales

  • Hunter Valley
    • Hunter
      • Broke Fordwich
      • Pokolbin
      • Upper Hunter Valley
  • Northern Rivers
    • Hastings River
  • Northern Slopes
    • New England Australia

New South Wales

  • Southcoast
    • Shoalhaven Coast
    • Southern Highlands
  • Southern New South wales
    • Canberra District
    • Gundagai
    • Hilltops
    • Tumbarumba
  • Western Plains

Western Australia

  • Greater Perth
    • Swan District
    • Swan Valley
    • Peel
    • Perth Hills
  • Great Southern
    • Albany
    • Denmark
    • Frankland River
    • Mount Barker
    • Porongurup
  • Southwest Australia
    • Blackwood Valley
    • Manjimup
    • Margareet River
    • Pemberton

Southern Australia

  • Adelaide
    •  Barossa
    • Barossa Valley
    • Eden Valley
    • High Eden
  • Fleurieu
    • Currency Creek
    • Kangaroo Island
    • Langhorne Creek
    • McLaren Vale
    • Southern Fleurieu
  • Mount lofty Ranges
    • Adelaide Hills
      • Lenswood
      • Piccadilly
    • Adelaide plains
    • Claire Valley
  • Far North
    • Southern Flinders Ranges
  • Limestone Coast
    • Coonawarra
    • Mount Benson
    • Mount Gambier
    • Padthaway
    • Robe
    • Wrattonbully
  • Lower Murray
    • Riverland
  • The Peninsulas


  • Central Victoria
    • Bendigo
    • Goulburn Valley
    • Nagambie Lakes
    • Heathcote
    • Strathbogie Ranges
    • Upper Goulburn
  • North East Victoria
    • Alpine Valleys
    • Beechworth
    • Glenrowan
    • King Valley
    • Rutherglen
  • Northwest Victoria
    • Murray Darling
    • Swan Hill
  • Port Phillip
    • Geelong
    • Macedon ranges
    • Morninton Pennisula
    • Sunbury
    • Yarra Valley
  • Western Victoria
    • Grampians
    • Great Western
    • Henly
    • Pyrenees


  • Granite Belt
  • South Burnett



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