Just 2 hours drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley is an attractive option for those wanting to explore beyond the city. But with it's reputation centred around the world-famous vineyards, it is hardly going to be a first choice for a child-friendly family holiday. So what if mum and dad fancy a spot of wine tasting? All is not lost - with a little planning, a trip to the Hunter Valley can be fun for all the family.
Family friendly accommodation is one thing that is easily come by in the Hunter Valley. There are several large resort style hotels with apartment or villa style hotel accommodation - self catering kitchens and lots of family friendly facilities (such as pools and playgrounds) make these a good choice for families.
Any visit to the Hunter Valley is going to include some wine-tasting at one of the Valley's beautiful vineyards. Not all are child friendly, often with little outdoor space for active children and tasting rooms tend to be both quiet and large (therefore echoing any potential shrieking or whining - trust us, we've been there!). Pick vineyards with tasting rooms that open out onto garden areas - that way you can enjoy some tasting while the kids are running around within sight. Our favourite is Audrey Wilkinson - a beautiful cellar door building surrounded by child friendly lawns, and the staff are very friendly to the kids too. Another is Moorebank Private Vineyard, where the children can taste their home-made lemonade syrup while you are testing the alcoholic stuff!
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