Best Things To Do In Pokolbin, Australia For A Romantic Getaway

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Sip your favorite wine at Pokolbin, the heart of Australia’s popular Hunter Valley wine region. It is located 55 minutes drive from Newcastle Airport and only 2 hours drive from bustling Sydney. Pokolbin can also be reached from the Great North Walk trail connecting Newcastle and Sydney.

Pokolbin is located in the Lower Hunter Valley region, presenting scenic villages with the Broken Back Range as a backdrop and a breathtaking, lush landscape. It offers romantic scenery with vineyards and cellar doors, delicious award-winning restaurants, and an exciting events calendar, which makes it as one of best romantic destinations in Australia.

1. Start your romantic getaway at a romantic wine estate (from 69 AUD (53 USD) per person)

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Thomas Wines Braemore Semillon A must try, next time you visit us in the Hunter Valley.

Posted by Spicers Vineyards Estate on Friday, July 17, 2020

What would be the best way to enjoy a romantic getaway? Splurge by staying at one of the most romantic wine estates in Pokolbin.

These wine estates offer accommodation with stunning views of their vineyards and delicious gourmet vineyard dishes. They also offer vineyard tours and wine tasting from their own vineyards, which will give you the true experience of a real winemaker.

Spicer Vineyards Estate offers a romantic getaway package including a vineyard tour in their very own vineyard and a 5-course degustation dinner in their delicious award-winning restaurant, Botanica. You will feel spoiled with the accommodation, which features the beautiful romantic scenery of the Hunter Valley.

Don’t forget to enjoy the Spicer Vineyards Estate cocktails at the daily cocktail hour - the cocktails can be delivered to your room!

If you’re looking for a more secluded romantic getaway, stay at one of the smallest commercial vineyards in the Hunter Valley, Red Door Collective - Red Door Estate. Enjoy watching the sunrise while exploring their vineyard in the morning.

From its cellar door up to their award-winning wines, Red Door Estate offers a delicious menu made from fresh local produce, paired with its own best wine. You will never get enough of their delicious cheese platter with their wine pairing.

Botanica Restaurant of Spicers Vineyards Estate

Address: 555 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Price: from 69 AUD (53 USD) per person

Opening Hours: 12pm - 3pm for lunch and 6 pm - end for dinner. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Access: Botanica Restaurant is at Spicers Vineyards Estate

Contact: +61 1300 192 868

Website: Botanica Restaurant

Red Door Collective - RDC Estate

Address: 479 Hermitage Road, 2320 Pokolbin, Australia

Price: from 230 USD

2. Indulge your taste buds with a tasting series

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When you are in Pokolbin, spoil your taste buds with the various types of tastings tours. Pokolbin has everything from common wine tastings as well as cheese, beer and chocolate tastings.

Shiraz and Sémillon remain the most popular wine varieties here, but Chardonnay and Pinot Noir plantings can also be seen throughout the surrounding countryside. Take the guided tours to some of the best wineries in Pokolbin such as Audrey Wilkinson with its award-winning Hunter Sémillons, Scarborough with its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and also the famous Tyrell’s and Tulloch wineries. At Scarborough wineries, they will serve you a complimentary cheese and antipasto board during your wine tasting.

There are a variety of cheese tastings in Pokolbin, with a great selection of cheeses from local producers. Spoil your taste buds with the perfect cheese and wine on your holiday.

Cheese and wine are like soulmates but have you ever experienced a chocolate and wine tasting tour? Indulge in the two best things in the world, delicious, sweet chocolate and refreshing wine.

As for the beer lovers, take a beer tasting tour at the Hunter Valley Resort’s, Bluetongue Brewery. Pokolbin is also home to the Hunter Distillery, Australia’s first exclusive organic vodka distillery.

So what are you waiting for? Write down these delicious tasting stops on your daily holiday activity list for Pokolbin!

Audrey Wilkinson

Address: 750 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Price: from 15 AUD (11.50 USD)

Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm. Closed on Christmas and Boxing Day

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: Audrey Wilkinson is a 3 minute drive from Pokolbin city centre

Contact: +61 2 4993 3600

Website: Audrey Wilkinson Wine Tasting Experience

3. Explore the Hunter Valley region on two wheels


The Hunter Valley boasts stunning landscapes dotted with its signature vineyards and tall trees. To truly appreciate the beauty of the terrain it is best to go sightseeing on a bicycle. Bicycles provide the chance of stopping at will to sample the valley’s famed delicacies and wines and picnic by the valley while taking photographs of the breathtaking landscape.

There are really no steep hills in the valley and cycling is not an ordeal at all. Pack your cheese and wines, wear your helmets and enjoy the Hunter Valley region on two wheels.

Hunter Valley Cycling

Address: 266 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Price: from 35 AUD (27 USD)

Contact: +61 418 281 480

Website: Hunter Valley Cycling

4. Sing and dine with your favourite singer at the estates


Pokolbin has three major estates that provide not only top restaurants, but also outdoor amphitheaters that hold regular outdoor concerts with a dining package.

Hope Estate, Roche Estate, and Bimbagden Estate are three major concert venues in Pokolbin where you can enjoy concerts and dinner at the same time, surrounded by the lush vineyards.

The “A Day on The Green” concert series of Bimbagden Estate is the most famous live music series in the Hunter Valley. It starts in the summer season of September to March of the following year.

A Day on The Green at Bimbagden Estate

Address: 790 McDonalds Road Pokolbin NSW 2325, Australia

Access: Bimbadgen is only 50 minutes from Newcastle and 2.5 hours drive North West of Sydney

Contact: +61 2 4998 4600

Website: A Day on The Green

5. Memento hunting at Hunter local markets


The Hunter Valley local markets in Pokolbin are famous for their artisanal products made with fresh local ingredients. Hunt for special gifts or mementos at the local markets such as the Hunter Wine Country Market and the Handmade in the Hunter Market.

The Hunter Wine Country Market is held every Saturday and it is a boutique handmade market showcasing local artisans and their range of products from fashion, food, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles, woodwork, pottery and much more. They are located at De Bortoli Wines in Pokolbin. When they have rain or wind, you will find them inside the De Bortoli Wines barrel room. Please note that there are no markets in January.

The Handmade in the Hunter Market is also a famous local market that shows the variety and quality of goods grown, made, and crafted by Hunter Valley artisans. The markets are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and Saturdays and Sundays of long weekends from 9am to 3pm. This market is the longest running, most popular, 100% handmade, ‘meet-the-maker’ market in the area. You will meet and talk with the grower, maker, or artist behind the expertly crafted, truly unique, “Handmade in the Hunter” Valley creations.

Conveniently located near the three major concert venues, (Hope Estate, Bimbadgen, Roche Estate wineries), restaurants, and the Hunter Valley Gardens, the Handmade in the Hunter Market is held to coincide with concert dates and other major vineyard events.

Marvel at the vibrant Hunter Valley artistic community and check out what they have to offer.

Handmade in the Hunter Market

Address: Corner of Broke Rd and Halls Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Opening Hours: 9am - 3pm on Saturdays - Sundays

Access: The Handmade in the Hunter Market is on the grounds of Kevin Sobels Wines

Website: Handmade in Hunter Market

Pokolbin, a true romantic getaway

Watch the sunrise and sunset in the heart of the Hunter Valley region. Pokolbin is a truly romantic destination and has a selection of events for visitors to enjoy. Check out the wineries and their calendars to make sure you don’t miss out on your favourite event.

And when it’s nearly time for you to leave Pokolbin, stock up on goodies at the Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop. This venue is not for the faint-hearted or the sensitive-nosed, because true to its name, this shop is really smelly. Only four people are allowed into the temperature-controlled cheese room at once.

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