Christmas, New Years and school holidays are all fast approaching, and we can’t wait to get out and about with Covid restrictions finally starting to ease. With so many exciting activities and attractions here in the Hunter, here’s a few of our favourites to keep you busy these holidays.
A Taste of Luxury
Nothing says luxury like a stunning lunch or dinner at one of the various fine dining restaurants amongst the vineyards. When it comes to stunning scenery, family owned and award winning restaurant Margan takes the cake. Set in the Broke Fordwich Wine region, sweeping views across the Brokenback Range will take your breath away as you wine and dine on some of the best food and wine our region has to offer.
Another of our favourites is Yellow Billy, and I know we rave on about how great this place is quite often, but it’s well deserved. Designed to bring people together over a meal, their banquets are delectable. Their flexible sharing menu is built to suit everyone’s palate and needs meaning large get togethers are made easy. It gives off that big family gathering feel, making it a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience in the Hunter.
For the Family
When it comes to family activities, you can’t go past the annual Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. On display now until January 26, 2022, over 3 million Christmas lights illuminate the gardens with the addition of amusement rides and a range of hearty food and beverages available. The kids will love the giant light up teddy bear and the Lover’s Tunnel makes for the perfect photo opportunity for any of you lovebirds out there.
The Hunter Wine Country Markets have also returned to De Bortoli Wines in Pokolbin after a Covid induced hiatus. On a sunny summer day, there’s nothing quite like taking a stroll around stalls of fashion, local products and handmade goodies. Held every Saturday, weather permitting, you’ll have an excuse every week for a bit of shopping whilst also supporting local artisans.
For those with kids a little older, Maitland’s True Crime Tour might tickle your fancy. Take a walk on the dark side of Maitland’s history retracing the steps of some of the infamous crimes that have taken place over time. The old buildings and streets of Maitland have hundreds of stories to tell. Explore the sleepy city’s dark and twisted past if you dare.
Music and More
Dashville’s making their return on December 10 to 11 with a Dashville Nights concert under the stars on Friday followed by the Dashville Christmas Party and portrait day on Sunday. Camp all weekend long to enjoy both events and with great, local live music all weekend make sure you pack your dancing shoes. Bring your kids, bring your pals, and even bring the family dog, this pet and family friendly event is jam packed with awesome activities.
Also making its return is Grapevine Gathering, with headliners including Peking Duck, Vera Blue, The Jungle Giants and our personal favourite, The Veronicas. Set to take place on January 15, 2022 at Roche Estate, you’ll be well rested from New Years and ready to boogy, have a bevvy and let loose at this famous local event.