Family Holiday Destinations

  • Hunter Valley Vineyards
    Hunter Valley Vineyards
  • Hunter Valley Balloon Ride
    Hunter Valley Balloon Ride
  • Hunter Valley Gardens
    Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley | NSW

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!


Families Will Love

  • Plenty of family friendly accommodation - most resorts have large, heated swimming pools, playgrounds and sporting facilities, with multiple room size options (e.g. 1-3 bedrooms).   Often situated within or next door to a golf course, which might keep dad happy in between wine-tasting!
  • Hunter Valley Gardens Village - probably the most family friendly place to be in the Hunter Valley, this resort village is full of shops, cafes and a large playground.  Kids love the Hunter Valley Gardens right next door - over 60 acres of spectacular garden displays; check out the Storybook Garden with statues and scenarios from favourite story books.  Also, check out the Aqua Golf and Putt Putt
  • Hunter Valley Zoo - a small but interactive zoo that will keep the kids entertained for hours.  Lots of native animals, and at certain times of the day the children can pet and feed them.  Plenty of BBQ and picnic facilities too.
  • Hunter Valley Horse Riding Adventures - something for everyone, with pony rides for the littlies and trail riding over the beautiful Molly Morgan Ranges for the whole family.
  • Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop - don't just taste wine, try some cheese too!  The children will be in awe of the gelato bar, and if they're lucky they might get a taste...

Facts for Families

Main Airports: Sydney Airport
Time Zones: GMT +10
Peak Travel Periods: Spring, Summer, Autumn and weekends all year round
Off Peak Travel Periods: Winter, especially mid week
Vaccines Required: None
Weather: Hot and Cold climate
Currency: Australian Dollar

Hunter Valley Hotels

 Family Accommodation Hunter Valley | NSW

  • Grand Mercure Cypress Lake

    Grand Mercure Cypress Lake

    This family friendly resort offers 3 pools, spacious villas with kitchens in a perfect location.

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  • Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

    Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

    This Hunter Valley resort is very family friendly near wineries.

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