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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 17 people accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who ensures a more customized experience of the Hunter Valley.

Highlights

  • 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 a boutique winery
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch at a vineyard restaurant
  • 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 nestled in the lee of the Great Dividing Range. 180 years young, this is one Australia's oldest and best known wine regions. It's a dynamic and fascinating area that brims with over 150- top class wineries, 65- indulgent restaurants as well as gourmet produce and boutique breweries.

Your first stop in the valley takes you to a 5-star boutique winery in the Mount View region for a wine tasting. Sip on a number of different wines all in your own private area before heading to Leogate Estate to sample their wine selections paired with a cheese tasting.

Leogate Estate is an opulent cellar door, the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia.  Here you will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.

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 wine.

You can choose from several activities for the afternoon. Sample more wines at another tasting room, or visit the Chocolate Shop for sampling. 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 at approximately 5pm-5:30pm.

Customer Reviews

jae s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had an amazing time! Don, our driver and guide, was personable, knowledgeable, and flexible. The animal park, where we were able to pet koala, python, croc, and kangaroos, was a treat and the two wineries were fantastic in their own ways. Lunch was delicious! I was pleasantly surprised how good the food was! By the end of the tour, we had bonded with our tour mates.

barbschreiner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip thru country side. Awesome lunch, excellent food. Best driver and bus on any of the trips we booked in AU. Very relaxing day trip.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome winery tour. Our tour driver, Peter, was very knowledgeable and friendly. All of the wineries were terrific. Had a wonderful lunch as well. Great afternoon!

dmswitzer1325

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It's rather a long bus ride, but worth the trip if you enjoy wine at all. The small group size was perfect, and the wilderness preserve was great - we got to feed kangaroos that were hopping around us, pet a koala and a reptile, and also to see indigenous animals that were safely contained such as wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, and a crocodile. All of the wines were outstanding, and the wineries choose wine varieties that are not readily available in the US. The gourmet lunch at one winery was definitely that. Very much recommend this tour!

Brenda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. Great driver who was very knowledgeable. Very enjoyable day. Started off at a wildlife park which was just great and then on to the wineries and a great lunch. Bought some beautiful wine only to lose it at the border when we left Sydney. Very disappointing. Other than that really recommend this tour.

lisa b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved it - Our guide was great. Feeding the Kangaroos on the way up was incredibly cool. The first winery was beautiful - our host was funny and extremely knowledgeable and the wine was great. The second winery was a bit more corporate meets Liberace with crystal chandeliers everywhere and a helipad - not my favorite - but the wine was good and we had a fun lunch there. Net net a great day that I would happily recommend. And the small group format is certainly the way to go.

MASATO S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

初めて利用しました。現地催行はAEAという会社でした。集合7時ということでしたが、ピックアップが15分ほど遅れ、また、初めて利用、ということもありとても心配になりましたが、ガイド兼ドライバーさんはとても親切、安全運転で一安心。ツアー参加者は10人で8人がアメリカから、日本人は我が家の2名のみでした。我が家の英語は中学生レベルでしたが、問題なし。
ハンターバレーに行く途中、小さい動物園により、コアラ、カンガルー餌やりも可能、と触れ合い、ハンターバレーへ。家族経営の小さいワイナリーと結婚式場完備の比較的大きいワイナリーを見ます。それぞれ5杯以上テイスティングできます。昼食はオプションで2軒目のワイナリーで摂るようですが、我が家はつけませんでした。それぞれのワイナリーが離れているので、つけた方がいいかも。ハンターバレーは公共交通機関ではいけないのでこういうツアーに参加するのがいいです。

S L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour with great guide and generous wine tastings. Well worth it.

tabasco456

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Scott, was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of great information about Hunter Valley and the wineries we were visiting, as well as information about Australia. The day was delightful!

valerie b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was a great tour for a couple of reasons. I now know I prefer small group tours, the guide was very pleasant to be with. The wineries we visited were hospitable and generous with their wine selections. Lunch was included. We ate at Leogate Winery and it was exceptional. Highly recommend!

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