Explore Like A Local

Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Transport Options for Dinner

Blaxlands Inn (POKOLBIN)

  • Weds – Sun
  • Lunch 12-3pm; Dinner 6-9pm
  • Book Courtesy Bus when booking dinner
  • Pick-up and drop-off in the local area 
  • website

Goldfish (POKOLBIN)

  • Saturday night 7pm until everyone home
  • Pick up and return within 15km radius
  • Book with Matt 0402 296 201

Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill

  • Drive home after dining
  • Make arrangements when booking dinner

Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

Royal Oak Hotel (CESSNOCK)

  • Available every night to people who book and eat at the restaurant
  • website

Vineyard Shuttle Service

  • Tues-Sat 6-12pm
  • Outside of these times is subject to numbers
  • Pokolbin central from $15pp return
  • Group discounts available
  • website

Valley Transfers


  • 4990-1111