Choosing hotels in the Hunter Valley is a complicated affair. First, the traveller has to choose a destination and then the accommodation type. Then there’s the budget and the location of said accommodation within said destination. Also to be considered is the length of stay, which will impact the accommodation choice.
Let’s get some specific details, starting with an introduction to the Hunter Valley in NSW, about 2 hours away from Sydney. Given the location, the beauty and the many pleasures of the wine country, it’s not surprising that it is among Australia’s top 10 most visited destinations. Speaking of destinations, the wine country is a big place, and visitors here have a wide choice.
Let’s go over what needs to be done once more before getting to the specifics. What a visitor needs to do is locate hotels in the Hunter Valley for a specific budget and in a specific destination. Many visitors simply choose a destination based on what they want to do, and find lodgings that make it convenient for their activities.
For instance, family travellers or couples seeking a wine country getaway weekend usually zero in on Pokolbin. It is located in the wine country’s centre and has a huge number of wineries and plenty of tourist attractions. It also has all kinds of tourist facilities, including a variety of lodging choices for all budgets.
The 4 and 5 star resorts in Pokolbin are quite popular among families and couples. Each resort will have a hotel offering luxury suites, and guests will have access to the resort’s swimming pool, tennis courts and landscaped gardens. There will be an upscale onsite restaurant. The hotel’s staff will assist guests with tips for the top tourist attractions nearby and booking winery/vineyard tours.
At the other end of the price range, budget hotels and motels are available in plenty in Pokolbin and Cessnock. There are cheap stays available on Wollombi Rd., close to Pokolbin where guests can find affordable air-conditioned rooms along with an onsite bar and pub for cheap beer and food. The lowest rates for hotel stays can be found in Cessnock & Districts, the gateway region that leads into the wine country.
Visitors looking for something specific beyond a holiday or wine country stay will find many other options in regions like the Kurri Kurri, Wollombi Valley and Barrington Tops. All these destinations in the wine country are unique in their own way. Barrington Tops, for example, has a national park and the hotels are usually packed with park visitors who come to enjoy the outdoors.
A Wollombi Valley hotel, on the hand, is usually filled with photographers, bird-watchers and other sundry nature lovers who roam the hillsides near Wollombi Village. Kurri Kurri is a haven for artists, and offers over 40 murals painted all over the town that depict the area’s history. Throw in the rock ‘n’ roll festivals and bike shows, and it is safe to say that visitors will have a lot more fun here than at other hotels in the Hunter Valley.
John Bryce-Thornton arrived in this well-known NSW community accompanied by a desire for publishing concerning red wine and also superb foods. He very quickly made the decision he’d found dream village and set about constructing his individual Hunter Valley accommodation which he currently operates for a lot of holidaymakers to the vicinity.