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.

Hidden Gems for Kids

Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village (POKOLBIN)

  • Playground behind the Christmas Shop

Harrigan’s Irish Pub (POKOLBIN)

  • Jumping Castle
  • Everyday (weather permitting)
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Hunter Valley Aqua Golf and Putt Putt (POKOLBIN)

Grapemobile Bicycle Hire (POKOLBIN)

  • Bike hire for adults and children
  • Book ahead
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Gemelli Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • Outdoor toys for kids while adults are wine-tasting
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Scarborough Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Children's activity pack while adults are wine tasting
  • Outdoor hoola hoops and quoits
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Pepper Tree Wines (POKOLBIN)

  • Children's toys, books, colouring in and lawn games while adults are wine tasting
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Hunter Valley Cycling  (POKOLBIN)

  • Bike hire for adults and children
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Villa du Pays Restaurant

  • Every Sunday
  • Kids eat free w/any main meal purchase 
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Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Lawn Games - Croquet, Quoits, Totem Tennis, Boules
  • Saturday and Sunday
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Mistletoe Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Saturdays and school holidays, free child-minding and on-site activities while adults are wine-tasting
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Misty Glen Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Kid zone on the deck with toys and games while adults are wine-tasting
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Glandore Wines (HERMITAGE)

  • Children's games/activities while adults wine taste
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Segway Tours (HERMITAGE)

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Carriage Tours 

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (LOVEDALE)

  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours in golf buggies at dusk
  • No more than 8 people
  • $20 per person
  • Booking required
  • 4991-0000 Option 6 

Ogishi Craft Center (LOVEDALE)

Hunter Valley Horse Riding and Adventures (LOVEDALE)

  • Tractor Hay Ride to feed farm animals - $20/pp
  • Peddle Go Carts -$6/pp for 1/2 hr.
  • Kangaroo Spotting Tours (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Natural Wildlife Spotlight Tour (different packages/prices) Winter bonfire and hot choco
  • Bush  walking and hiking the Molly Morgan  Range (different packages/prices)
  • Mountain Bike Trails - Bring your own bike (different packages/prices) 
  • 49307111 for bookings and enquiries  
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Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Jumping Castle Sundays from 1pm
  • Playground
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Hunter Valley Zoo (NULKABA)

Starline Alpacas (BROKE)

  • Feed alpacas, sheep, chickens & piglets
  • $10 for a bucket of feed
  • Open daily 9am-4pm (except Christmas
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Richmond Vale Railway

  • Open – First 3 Sundays of each month
  • Plus school holiday Sundays
  • All full size train rides are free after admission
  • For bookings phone (02) 4001 0197