List of Attractions
A trip to the boutique village of Wollombi in the magnificent Hunter Valley NSW is a short trip to the impeccable country hospitality and activities to suit every taste and energy level. From roaring winter fires to soaring mountain views, we've got it all and we're only 1.5 hours from Sydney and about an hour from Newcastle and the Central Coast, journeying along scenic Tourist Drive 33.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery (CRAG), offers a vibrant program of changing exhibitions showcasing local arts and craft practitioners, as well as National touring exhibitions that highlight a broad range of contemporary visual arts practice.
In association with exhibitions, CRAG runs public and educational programs for school students, local community groups and tourist visiting the region. Entry to all exhibitions at CRAG are free.
Baiame Cave is of state significance for its association with the main figure depicted in the cave, believed to be Baiame, who is understood by some Aboriginal people across NSW to be the creator, the 'Father of All', the most important ancestor and law-maker. The site is also of state significance for its history and associations with the Wonnarua, the Aboriginal people who are understood to be the traditional custodians of the artwork prior to and post colonisation. The painting is representative of the traditional heritage of the Aboriginal people of the Hunter Valley and of NSW.
Watagans National Park boasts some of the country's finest rainforest scenery. Moss-covered walls and boulders, towering canopies of red cedar and Illawarra flame trees pepper the walking track to Gap Creek Falls. You can also expect extraordinary views down toward rainforest gullies at Monkey Face and Gap Creek lookouts.
he Watagan Mountains also house a rich cultural heritage; more than 40 Aboriginal sites highlight art and engraving techniques, and remnants from previous forestry operations showcase settlement history in the area.
Werakata National Park is great for birdwatching, home to native animals and has exceptional spring wildflowers. The riding trails and scenic picnic ground are real highlights.
Bring some local Hunter Valley produce to the park and set up at pretty Astills picnic area. Then cycle along Deadmans mountain bike loop or Astills trail, which are both easy, flat and suitable for any fitness level.
Great Northern Trading Post is truly an eclectic, unique place to have a drink, a feed and listen to great music ~ only an hour from Newcastle and the Central Coast or just over that from Sydney.
We feature live bands most Friday nights, our local musos jam night on the last Friday of the month and our regular Laguna Market Day and Acoustic Jam showcasing the best this region has to offer on the third Sunday of the month.
GNTP boasts great food and exceptional coffee and is open seven days a week. We do fabulous breakfast rolls on weekends and have a well stocked general store, whether you are stopping in for a last minute ingredient or to throw together a picnic (or a meal).
GNTP is also the only petrol station in the Valley and we also restock gas and ice if you need it.
The Hunter Valley Zoo provides a safe, caring and natural environment to ensure the welfare of all species housed for exhibit, educational and conservation purposes within the zoo and strive to maintain the high level of care and visitor experience.
A naturally beautiful experience in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country.
The Gardens are a place for the appreciation of nature and peaceful reflection but they are also a place for families and fun. Our unique events like Snow Time and our Christmas Lights Spectacular bring generations together for a fun day out and feature our beautiful custom-built rides.