After the festival at the farm-fresh food, guests can burn some energy exploring the area's many tourist attractions. Thanks to its rich history as a coal mining centre (the Hunter Valley flourished during the 19th century), many of the old houses and mansions in the Hunter Valley towns bear witness to this wealth.
Today, visitors can explore this architecture on heritage trails and learn about local history at regional museums. And the people who are impressed with the vegetation will certainly not be disappointed visiting this place. Hunter Valley Gardens is a popular draw.
A great way to appreciate this picturesque farmland is to soar above the landscape in a hot air balloon. Observers can also ride bicycles across the country or ride in the surrounding wildlife. Fantastic accommodation options range from boutique hotels to historic farms and countryside hostels.
Newcastle is the second-largest city in New South Wales and the main town in the Hunter region, between fantastic surfing beaches and one of Australia's busiest ports. The area was settled at an early stage, with a criminal colony founded in 1804, and coal mining began shortly thereafter. It enjoyed a great recovery of prosperity since it became the Hunter region's main port for steel, coal, wheat and wool in the mid-19th century.
Today, Newcastle is a vibrant city filled with top restaurants and cafes, a vibrant art scene, parks and gardens, eclectic shops and surf beaches. A great way to start a city tour is to walk along the Bathers Way, a 5km coastal road extending from the lighthouse at Nobby Headland to the Glenrock Reserve. Along the way, guests can take a detour and stop for a snack at a café on Darby Street, explore the city's first coal projects or take a dip on one of the golden beaches. Yellow signs along with the route share details about the area's culture, prisoner heritage and natural environment.
Wollemi National Park
About 100 miles from Newcastle, Wollemi National Park is a World Heritage Site of rocks, canyons and rivers. Of course, you will need a car to get to this point, crossing a lovely and memorable route, which will definitely reward you. You will probably travel without your own vehicle, so your only option is to rent a car. Trusting the company Enjoy Travel, you will choose between a range of vehicles and financial offers that will perfectly suit your needs.
Eccentric areas of virgin forest surround Colo and Wollemi rivers banks where nature lovers can relax with a picnic or a paddle in the wild waters. In the hills and valleys, the rainforest's sweeping parts provide many opportunities to cross the mountains. Rock climbing is also popular along the rocky beaches and northwest of the park in Ganguddy, a submerged swamp full of hive-forming formations.
Barrington Tops National Park
Conserving one of Australia's largest temperate rainforests, the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park in the Upper Hunter Valley is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia's World Heritage Site. The deep blue Barrington and Gloucester Tops dominate the landscape, rising more than 1,500 meters above the surrounding countryside.
The most impressive is the wide range of vegetation - the subalpine plantations on the plateau and the subtropical rainforest in the valleys. Visitors will be spoiled with stunning views, a vast network of hiking trails, picturesque waterfalls and abundant wildlife, including many bird species. Finally, from October to May, fishers can cast rainbows or trout.
Article written by Katy
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