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Nov 14, 2017 - Time for Wine in Hunter Valley

Down the from the mountains today (Tuesday 14th Nov) heading for the wine region of Hunter Valley. Took longer than expected as we took the signposted tourist route which just seemed to be minor roads! Set up camp at a place called Ingenia Holidays campsite just on the outskirts of Cessnock. We arrived too late to join an organised tour so we set off on foot for the nearest vineyard. I noted that there was one called Hanging Tree and I'm sure I've had a bottle from there in the UK so we headed for that. Turning out to be a good decision as...

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Jun 19, 2017 - Cessnock - Final destination before home

Cessnock. The gateway to wine country. We stayed at the Cessnock Showground camping area. Large grassed sites $20 per nite, 200 metres down the road was the Big 4 $59 per nite over xmas. The transition to wine service centre from a once prosperous mining town has been a long and at times difficult process. Cessnock lies between Australia’s earliest European settlements – Sydney, the Hawkesbury River and Newcastle. Lying on the land route between these important settlements it provided early European contact with indigenous people who have...

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Mar 5, 2015 - The EAGLES at Hope Estate Cessnock

Arrived at the Cessnock showgrounds on the 4th. Managed to snag a very good site @ $20.00 including power and water. Set up and did our weekly washing. Friday 6th went out to the Hope Estate and did the wine tasting and beer tasting. Found our seats and took some photos before and during the concert. Saturday 7th Debbie and Paul Holmes came up to stay with us in the motorhome and go to the show together. The 4 of us had also seen the Eagles up at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in 2010 and we had seats up in the nose bleed bleaches where...

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Dec 19, 2014 - Hunter Valley Wine-tasting

From the Southern Ocean, we headed north to the Hunter Valley, about two hours northwest of Sydney. Again we encountered very modern buildings and chic style. The wineries there specialized in Semillion and Shiraz, and we visited about five altogether, including the famous Lindeman's. Many of the wineries bring their grapes up from south of Sydney so they offer quite a selection of whites and reds, ranging from dry to semi sweet to dessert. Something for everyone! Many also did not have a tasting fee although bottles were generally $25 to...

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Apr 7, 2014 - The Entrance to Nulkaba

Day 43 Monday 7th April The Entrance to Nulkaba (just west of Cessnock) The wind was strong enough when we stopped yesterday that we weren't game to leave the awning out, but this morning is much nicer although still cloudy with expected rain. From The Entrance to Norah Head was only a short distance so we stopped to look at the lighthouse there. Tours are available (not for us) and accomodation is provided in the old keepers' quarters. ($600 for 3 nights mid week for up to 6 people - sounds do-able) On the 110km/hr motorway we remembered...

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Mar 8, 2014 - Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

We had breakfast at a cafe in the Main Street & then set off for a hard day of wine tasting in the Hunter Valley. The area is beautiful, gently rolling countryside with rocky outcrops on the distant hills. Wine making has been important here for over 180 years, the wineries (over 150), are of all sizes from very small boutique establishments to big producers who export all over the world. We visited some of the smaller establishments & tasted a wide variety of different wines! A great day - finished with a good meal at a local restaurant...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Another grey morning (sigh), but we got ourselves together, quick visit to the library for email checks (and to object to a planning application by our neighbours!), and headed north. We followed the inland route up along the Great Dividing Ranges and alongside two national parks, the Wollemi and the Yengo. A great road to travel, but the condition of the road surface was not always good. Scenery was fantastic but it did get a bit monotonous as there was a great deal of it, much the same, mile after mile. The sun started to...

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Mar 22, 2012 - Final wine tour

Our wedding anniversary today, 4 years and they said it wouldn't last :) I remembered anyway. (Thanks Ray. It's not that I forgot or anything, it's just that I remembered last week it was coming up but we don't buy cards or anything so it was nice to forget and have you remind me by wishing me a Happy Anniversary when we woke up. Ang) We had a little drive only 2 hours to the Hunter valley where there are loads of vineyards and the prime wines are Semillon and Shiraz. Really wanted to get into the Semillon since we arrived in OZ and they...

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Jul 22, 2011 - The Hunter Valley

A loud buzzing, crackling sound jumped us out of our sleep right at midnight. Confused, we looked around the room to discover that it was the room's radio clock and the default alarm ringing. Worried that it would wake up Izzy and annoyed by the sound, we scrambled to try to push the off button in the dark. Unsuccessful, I just yanked at its cord and pulled it out of its electrical outlet. Suddenly all was quiet, which we all appreciated. Thankfully, Izzy's slept right through all of the commotion. Since there was no hurry to get going in...

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Jul 21, 2011 - A Lighthouse, Macadamia Nuts, and Some Wine

Screw-top wine bottles. A sheep in the tasting room. Kangaroos hopping among the grapevines. We are definitely in Australian wine country! We are currently in the Hunter Valley, one of New South Wales wine regions, about 2 hours north of Sydney. In some ways it resembles a lot of what we are used to in a wine region, with its hodgepodge of tasting rooms (called cellar doors here), boutique motels, and 5-star restaurants nestled among the vineyards. In some ways it is different, with more farms and orchards mixed among the wineries, lots of...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Hunter Valley Region - July 12 - 15

Following lunch in Singleton, we have arrived in Cessnock, our base in the Hunter Valley region for the next couple of days. We are SO glad we did not have the van behind us for the trip up here - this side of the country is so very different from the West - we just do not get the mountainous, torturous, driving experiences at home that we are facing here, every where we go!! Have had some pretty hairy moments, but the scenery is just awesome (when the driver can get a quick glance at it!!) Off to visit as many wineries as we can find...

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