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From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

1. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

Discover the Hunter Valley on this tasting trip from Sydney, lunch included. Travel over Sydney Harbor Bridge through Sydney's leafy north shore, over the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and onto Australia's oldest wine production region, the Hunter Valley. The day starts at a locally owned winery and winner of Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Staff will guide you through the tastings of their wine and answer your questions. Head to another cellar for more wine tastings, followed by a 1-course restaurant lunch with a wide choice of meals including options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or craft beer with your meal and take in the beautiful views overlooking the vineyards. Three's also the option of buying a craft beer tasting paddle. After lunch, give your taste buds a jolt with a visit to a local distillery for tastings of locally produced spirits including vodka, gin, and schnapps. The third cellar door is next for final wine tastings and a chance to relax, buy a glass of wine, and take in the serenity. Throughout the day, you'll also get to enjoy tastings of cheese and chocolate to get the most from your flavorful day and to help support local businesses. Keep an eye out for wild kangaroos and get the chance to take photos. This tour is also carbon-neutral, with all vehicle emissions offset, so when you travel you can make a choice to take positive action to help address climate change.

Hunter Valley: Wine Tour with 3 Tastings and Garden Lunch

2. Hunter Valley: Wine Tour with 3 Tastings and Garden Lunch

Experience a full day in the stunning Hunter Valley region, enjoying great food and amazing wines, enough to excite all your taste buds. Your small group tours cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, travel through Kuring-gai National Park and the Hawkesbury River, before arriving in the picturesque landscape of the Hunter Valley. Sample great Australian wines set amongst the country’s oldest wine region, with locally made cheese, chocolate, wine and liqueurs from boutique wineries and distilleries followed by a delicious cafe lunch at the bespoke Hunter Valley Gardens Village. Unwind and relax in an afternoon of boutique wineries and entertainment for a fun filled day. Your small group Hunter Valley Winery tour allows you to visit boutique wineries for an intimate tasting experience. Enjoy the finest Australian wines set amongst the country’s oldest wine region. Itinerary and wineries may change depending on availability.

Mooney Mooney: Pearl & Oyster Farm Hawkesbury River Cruise

3. Mooney Mooney: Pearl & Oyster Farm Hawkesbury River Cruise

Cruise the scenic waters of the Hawkesbury River to Broken Bay Pearl & Oyster Farm's saltwater paddocks. Take in the beauty of the region and discover why this environment is ideal for growing oysters of all varieties and, in turn, how oysters give back to people and place. Your farm skipper shares the farming lifecycle from oyster spawning through to selection for seafood or pearl production. Follow the journey of the oyster from farm to plate or the pearl from shell to showroom by adding on to your Farm Cruise. Recommended to combine tour with: - Pearl Farming - Pearl Grading - Oyster Tasting

1 Hour 45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

4. 1 Hour 45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

This is the ultimate helicopter experience, We start this journey from the picturesque Hunter Valley, Tracking south we cover the expansive national parks of Yengo, Dharug and Ku-ring-gai, taking in views of the beautiful sandstone cliffs of the Hawkesbury river, We then track for the skyscrapers of Parramatta before following the river down to one of the most iconic views in the world, Sydney Harbor bridge straight in front with the opera house to our right. We keep down low and wave to the bridge climbers as we pass right by. Next is North Head and the breathtaking Northern Beaches, We follow the coastline all the way back keeping an eye out for Dolphins and the occasional shark, then back inland to the Hunter wine region to top it off. This flight will leave you speechless and wanting more.

From Sydney: Luxury Hunter Valley Private Tour

5. From Sydney: Luxury Hunter Valley Private Tour

Starting your day with a convenient pick-up from your accommodation in Sydney's cbd (or a location on request), where you will meet your professional driver/guide for the day. Leaving Sydney via the North-Connex tunnel, the scenery will change dramatically as you head north towards the wine region where you will see historical national parks, nature at its best, as well as cross the mighty Hawkesbury River. The famous country village of Wollombi will be where you'll make your first coffee and wine tasting spot, followed by the chance to indulge in some of Hunter Valley's finest produce with a visit to the Hunter Valley Cheese Company. Your experience will really come to life as you enjoy landscapes covered in grapes and greenery and taste the best wines of the region, stopping at our tailored selected cellar doors, ranging from global renowned brands to the boutique family owned wineries. NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change depending on unforeseen circumstances on the day. Added photo opportunities may happen on this tour time permitting

Sydney: Nature and Wildlife - Australia in One Day

6. Sydney: Nature and Wildlife - Australia in One Day

Designed for the intrepid souls seeking a personalized and immersive experience, this tour is the epitome of awe-inspiring natural beauty and captivating wildlife encounters. Get ready to escape the tourist crowds, uncover hidden gems, and support conservation efforts while creating memories to last a lifetime. Indulge in the tranquility of lush rainforests, hike along magical forest trails, and bask in the serenity of pristine, uncrowded beaches and coastlines. Explore hidden lookouts boasting vistas that rival the renowned Blue Mountains, capturing breathtaking moments that will leave you in awe. Marvel at nature's artwork in the form of ancient Aboriginal carvings at hidden Aboriginal sites, delving into the rich cultural heritage of Australia's first people. Of course, no visit to Sydney would be complete without capturing iconic landmarks. Get your camera ready as you seize the opportunity to snap incredible photos of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the coveted vantage point of Lady Macquarie's Chair. Your Instagram feed will thank you. As the day progresses, satisfy your taste buds with a delectable Aussie lunch, relishing the ambiance of a beachfroint cafe. The tantalizing aromas of authentic Australian cuisine will entice your senses, while the refreshing sea breeze carries whispers of adventure and exploration. For those seeking even more enchantment, there are a range of optional experiences that cater to your unique preferences. Discover a hidden flying fox (fruit bat) colony tucked away in a suburban rainforest, or immerse yourself in the captivating world of Aboriginal art and culture by meeting an acclaimed Indigenous artist. Engage in thought-provoking conversations, delve into fascinating stories, and perhaps acquire a genuine artwork as a cherished memento. Wine connoisseurs and gourmet enthusiasts can delight in options such as complimentary wine tastings at the Firescreek Botanical Winery, where regenerative organic farming practices produce award-winning wines from an array of botanicals. Alternatively, embark on a culinary adventure at the Hawkesbury River Oyster Shed, where you can savor the freshest oysters and prawns while witnessing the sun's gentle descent over the tranquil waterways. And for those who appreciate the rarest of treasures, a visit to the Broken Bay Pearl Farm offers an opportunity to admire and acquire exceptional Akoya pearls. Throughout your journey, you'll be accompanied by an experienced bushman driver guide who possess a wealth of knowledge about the Australian landscapes and conservation efforts. His insights and anecdotes will enrich your understanding and appreciation of Australia's natural wonders, ensuring an educational and immersive experience.

Chef-Led Hunter Valley Food & Wine Tour From Sydney

7. Chef-Led Hunter Valley Food & Wine Tour From Sydney

Enjoy a full-day gourmet food and wine tour of the Hunter Valley. The guide is also a chef, who will pair wines with regional dishes, prepared on location. Sample delicious local fare from breakfast through lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy stops at wineries and taste fine local wines with favorite regional foods. Private tours for larger groups can also be accommodated. The trip from Sydney includes: Cook's tour of the Sydney Fish Market Cooked breakfast by the picturesque Hawkesbury River Scenic countryside drive and wildlife spotting on the way to wine country Chef-prepared degustation paired with local wines at wineries visited Something sweet to complete the gourmet experience

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Private Day Tour

8. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Private Day Tour

Embark on a private day trip from Sydney to explore the wine cellars of Hunter Valley. Choose to spend the full day in the wine region or begin your adventure at the Hawkesbury River town of Brooklyn for breakfast and the Scenic Drive via Wollombi and Mount View. At the wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley, find a wealth of options, including a large selection of both vintners and producers of olives, cheeses, chocolates, and other delicacies (at your expense). The Hunter Valley produces excellent Semillon and Shiraz as well as some fine Chardonnay and Verdelho (at extra cost). You may choose your selection, or you can leave it up to your guide. Experience award-winning wineries and acclaimed restaurants, and discover local food and market delicacies.

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What people are saying about Hawkesbury River

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(18 reviews)

Our tour guide was great! He spoke just enough to explain everything and then gave us a break so we could doze off. His driving was great and the coach he drove was very comfortable. We had 4 stops. The first one at Irongate Winery was the best. There was then a chocolate and wine pairing, followed by lunch, then a wine and cheese pairing. The last stop was to taste vodka and gin, but it was a wasted stop. It was done in a large metal barn that was way to hot inside. When we asked them to turn on a giant fan that was inside, they refused. The owner blamed the heat on production issues. Then the samples they provided were so tiny they were served in test tubes and filled with an eye dropper. What a rip off! Not enough to even taste! Definitely a waste of time. This last stop should be cut out. The other three stops, plus lunch provided and the nice transportation, were worth the cost of the tour.

it was a great day! I had guide Renko and he was very caring and made sure no one was left wanting for anything! nothing was too crazy for him! he had a very nice clean sprinter to transport us all safely and had provided a cool box with water! This way everyone could drink enough water between the different stops or along the way. it was really a great day!

Excellent day out. Pick up point was accurate. On time. Very clean transport and Mark gave us a good overview of what to expect. Can’t remember much about the return journey. I would do it again.

Driver/guide was excellent. He was courteous and gave great information on route. The 3 wine stops were a great choice. Enjoyed the lunch and cheese pairing.

Just an overall pleasant day nice wines and cheeses and nice staff.