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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Hunter Valley Wineries and Wilderness Small-Group Tour

Enjoy a day of wine tastings and locally crafted treats in the Hunter Valley on a small-group tour from Sydney. Visit boutique wineries for tastings, nibble artisanal cheeses and chocolates, and have the option to include lunch at a vineyard restaurant.  You even get to meet some of Australia’s most captivating native animals during a stop at a wildlife park. Travel with a small group limited to 16 people accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who ensures a more customized experience of the Hunter Valley. 


  • Small-group Hunter Valley tour from Sydney
  • Have morning tea and meet Australia's native animals at an Australian wildlife park
  • Hand-feed wallabies, kangaroos and emus, and perhaps meet a koala!
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at Mt View Estate
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant with wine pairings (if option selected)
  • Learn about the history of the Hunter region and its wines from your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The small group makes the journey friendly and fun. Travel by luxury vehicle from Sydney to taste some of the best wine and cheese produced in the Hunter Valley. An early stop is made at the wildlife park so you can get plenty of pictures with the animals before the crowds arrive.

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What You Can Expect

Hunter Valley Wineries and Wilderness Small-Group Tour

Hunter Valley Wineries and Wilderness Tour

Your day begins with hotel pickup in Sydney followed by a scenic journey to the Hunter Valley, which is located about two hours away from Sydney.

Stop along the way at a wildlife reserve for Australian native animals. With early arrival at the wildlife park, you can beat the crowds and enjoy close encounters with the critters. Get great photo ops as you meet the koalas or hand-feed kangaroos and emus. You can also snack on morning tea and coffee while at the park.

Continue your drive into the Hunter Valley. Your first stop in the valley takes you to Mount View Estate for a wine tasting. Sip up to five different wines, each one paired with cheese. Then head to Brokenwood Wines to sample their wine selections.

Take a break for an optional two-course lunch (if option selected) that includes a main course (choice of four dishes) paired with either red or white wine, followed by a dessert course served with dessert wine.

You can choose from several activities for the afternoon. Sample more wines at another tasting room, or learn the details of wine production from a movie about winemaking at the ‘Wine Theater.’ Your guide can also provide options for further tastings of local cheeses or a tasting paddle of small-batch beers (own expense).

Expect to enjoy a number of picturesque wineries and tasting rooms that have stunning views of the rolling hills and vineyards of Hunter Valley. Keep your camera handy for photo ops, and relax on the drive back to Sydney in the mid-afternoon after a full day of delicious tastings in gorgeous settings. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Sydney in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great way to see the wine country and also the animals and reptiles.

Hunter Valley was superb and the group of 7 was just the right size. Not only did we learn about wine and wildlife but it was a great exposure to how beautiful that part of Australia was.

Our guide, Lindsay, was knowledgeable and courteous and paced the trip perfectly.

If you don't have much time, as we did, this tour is a great use of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Totally great and Steve was a terrific guide. The Mount View winnery was excellent. stay tuned for my trip advisor review.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wine became our coffee during this day but I can't help to say that I loved it! Wines here were really great and the lunch we had was awesome.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were the only two people on the tour so had a private tour.
The visit to the animal sanctuary was amazing. We were brought a baby alligator to touch and a koala - just for our tour. We were also given tea and cake.
On to the Hunter valley again we were the only two in the small winery. At Mount View we ate cheese and crackers and sampled some amazing wines. The girl even gave us wines not usually for tasting as there was only two of us. No pressure to buy. But we did and found it was very reasonably priced. 15 a bottle upwards.
The second tour was a larger winery which was also very quite we went in August on a weekday - Bimbagim. The guy behind the bar was funny and friendly. It did not feel awkward that there was only the two of us. He even took some photographs for us with the back drop of the Hunter Valley.
We then travelled for our lunch about 1pm feeling very full of wine. The place for lunch is also a brewery. The beers and ciders were good. We also got a large glass of red and white table wine on the table each.
The food was delicious.
I do have one thing that could have been improved. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and very, very chatty the whole journey however it would have been nice if we could have eaten our lunch as a couple. As this was a bit awkward especially since he was sharing our food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The trip was great! Well organized and fun-

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

WE had a great time on this tour. Our guide, Rafael, was friendly, informative, and helpful. He really made this tour very special We enjoyed the time at the reptile park....enjoyed the animals very much, especially the kangaroos!
Each winery had their own high points.....the tastings were delicious....the servers were generous with their time and tastings.
We were very impressed with the entire day. Thank you so much!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour is for anyone who would like information on wine grown in Hunter Valley. I had never been to a wine tasting. Our host was amazingly knowledgable and polite. He drove us to a winery where we learned so much about wine! The animals and the wine and the food were absolutely perfect!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Comfortable van, on time schedule , very funny and knowledgeable guide. On the way back to Sydney, 2:30 hours on the road is a killer because of trAffic. Overall very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Australia Reptile Park was a really special experience...and they had many animals other than reptiles too! The koala and kangaroos were adorable and friendly. The spider exhibit was also very cool. The winery tours were great we went to one boutique winery and one larger winery and lunch was excellent. I highly recommend this tour! Excellent value for the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tyler was outstanding and gave us the perfect amount of attention and time to do each wine tasting and also very friendly. He gave us much info about Australia that we could never have gained on our own. Plus, being from the U.S., we did not feel comfortable driving in Australia. The wildlife park was a definite highlight of our whole trip and will not be forgotten! Wine tasting was substantial with a great lunch at the end. We just wish we could buy these wines here in the states!

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