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Hunter Valley NSW Australia

Sailing off Cairns Harbour
Wine Growing in The Hunter Valley

General Information
The name follows John Hunter, who was Governor of NSW in 1797, when a ship chasing escaped convicts pulled into the previously undiscovered harbour for shelter. Quickly observed as resource for coal, the Hunter Valley now contains some of the world’s biggest coal mines and Australia’s largest electricity generator.

In stark contrast to the industrial wealth of the region, the Hunter Valley is now much more widely renowned for its deserved reputation for outstanding natural beauty and its globally respected fine wine.

Covering an area of 31,000km and home to over 600,000 people, the Hunter Region comprises of 7 major areas of interest which bank the stunning river valley. The Port city of Newcastle is the regions capital and geographical head.

Location
The Hunter Valley (Newcastle) lies 165km north of Sydney, at Latitude 32.92S and Longitude 151.80E. The city of Newcastle is easily accessible by road (2 hours from Sydney), rail and the domestic airport.

Climate
Covering a large area both inland and coastal, temperatures for the region can vary noticeably.

Summer temperatures range from 28C at the coast up to 32C in the Upper Hunter. Daytime winter averages can come down to 14C in the Murrunrundi area, and even down to a low 6C in the high elevations of the Barrington Tops. The coast holds on to warmer temperatures, averaging 18C during the day.

In all, the Hunter Valley provides a pleasant year-round climate for both locals and visitors to enjoy.

Attractions
The seven main areas within the Hunter Region consist of the city of Newcastle, the Hunter Valley Wine Country, Maitland, The Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Barrington Tops, and Port Stephens.
This provides huge diversity; from cosmopolitan shopping and vibrant arts, to the great outdoors boasting areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Wine tours of the world famous vineyards are perhaps the most widely renowned, and your chosen transportation can range from limousine, to coach, or horse & carriage. Wine and food events are held throughout the year.

Ballooning high above the serene inland landscapes has also become highly popular.

For a more active appreciation, bush-walking and white water rafting can be enjoyed through the World Heritage listed National Parks in the Barrington Tops.

In contrast, the full spectrum of beach activities and water sports are on offer around Newcastle and the Hunter coastline.

Further Information
For further information about The Hunter Valley, please visit our hunter valley accommodation directory or for general information, visit this comprehensive hunter valley australia web site.

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