Located about two hours north of Sydney, Australia, the Hunter Region of NSW makes for an incredible escape from the big city.
The area is home to some of the best and oldest vineyards in New South Wales, with the earliest wineries in the Hunter Valley region dating back to the early 19th century.
The towns around the Hunter Valley also boast more than their fair share of foodie-friendly restaurants, upscale boutique hotels, day spas, local markets, and breathtaking scenic views.
But the most impressive aspect of this part of New South Wales is its abundant natural areas, including Mt. Royal, Barrington Tops, Lake Macquarie, Lake St. Clair, and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Read on for our guide to 7 Fun Things to Do in the Hunter Region NSW, including the WUPA Aboriginal Art Trail, hot air balloon rides, Hunter Valley wineries, exploring 6 Australian National Parks, and much more.
Things to Do in the Hunter Region NSW Guide
- Explore the WUPA Aboriginal Art Trail
- Go On a Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Hunter Valley Winery Tours
- Ride the Hunter Valley Steam Trains
- Scenic Cruises on Hunter River
- Spend a Day on Lake Macquarie
- Visit 6 Australian National Parks
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1. Explore the WUPA Aboriginal Art Trail
Aboriginal art is an evocative form of storytelling used to chronicle the beliefs, events, and knowledge of the land of Australia’s indigenous people.
The 3 most common styles include dot painting, abstract painting, and sand or rock engraving. But it can also include ceremonial clothing, sculpting, or wood/rock carving, and each region of Australia has its own unique style.
Running from December 1 to May 31, the annual WUPA Aboriginal Art Trail is a free, self-guided tour that allows visitors to explore the Aboriginal history and culture of the Hunter Region.
Produced by the non-profit Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, the trail includes Hunter Valley Resort, Drayton’s Family Wines, the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley (Lovedale), and Mecure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.
You can also view (and purchase!) incredible Aboriginal art at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, or via the event’s official online gallery.