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Our most recommended Hunter Region Day Trips

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

1. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

Experience the thrill of riding a high-quality ATV through the Worimi Sand Dunes on this tour from Port Stephens. Cruise at high speeds over seaside grasslands and feel the challenge of tackling towering sand dunes.  Meet your guide in Williamtown and listen as you are provided with a tutorial on how to confidently operate your bike. Follow your guide on a high-octane ride over maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes.  Travel over more and more challenging sand dunes. Enjoy privacy as your ride as the local tour provider has exclusive access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach.  Climb large sand dunes that are 12-30 meters high. Take a tour that is tailored to meet your needs and experience level. Have the option to add sandboarding to your tour. 

Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

2. Port Stephens: Unlimited Sandboarding & 4WD Sand Dune Tour

You have to experience sandboarding in Port Stephens. The thrill of sliding down the spectacular Stockton Sand Dunes is so much fun. From the meeting point at Birubi beach, you will board the custom-built off-road vehicle to start your adventure on the short, bouncy ride into the largest moving sand mass in the southern hemisphere. The dunes stretch 32 kilometers, the entire length of Stockton Beach, and can reach over 40 meters high, the same as a 10 storey building. The views alone are spectacular. Once you are in the dunes, the team will give you a rundown on sandboarding and how to use the handmade custom-designed boards for maximum safety and speed. Then you are off. Climb to the top of the dunes, jump on your board, then slide on down and repeat. Your ticket includes unlimited sandboarding so you can stay and play as long as you like. For most people that’s about 1 – 1.5 hours. When you're done just jump back aboard one of the 4WD buses, that leave every half an hour, and be taken back to the Birubi Beach starting point. It’s an amazing experience for everyone, no matter your age. The instructors are always on hand to help, answer any questions about sandboarding, Port Stephens or the dunes and to make sure you have maximum fun. Don’t forget to bring your camera along as you’ll have the chance to capture some amazing Port Stephens holiday snaps.

Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

3. Hunter Valley: Wine, Gin, Cheese and Chocolate Tour

Enjoy a day tasting Australia's wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers, and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. Get picked up from your hotel and visit 3 local boutique wineries and distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. Taste chocolates enjoy fine wines paired with Australian cheeses to your tastebuds exploring the flavors of Australia's first wine region. Feeling hungry? No worries, you will enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a glass of wine, beer, or cider to wash it down. Enjoy some free time to marvel at the views or go for a wander, if you like. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel in Hunter Valley.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

4. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine/Spirit Tasting Tour & Lunch

Discover the Hunter Valley on this tasting trip from Sydney, lunch included. Travel over Sydney Harbor Bridge through Sydney's leafy north shore, over the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and onto Australia's oldest wine production region, the Hunter Valley. The day starts at a locally owned winery and winner of Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year. Staff will guide you through the tastings of their wine and answer your questions. Head to another cellar for more wine tastings, followed by a 1-course restaurant lunch with a wide choice of meals including options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or craft beer with your meal and take in the beautiful views overlooking the vineyards. Three's also the option of buying a craft beer tasting paddle. After lunch, give your taste buds a jolt with a visit to a local distillery for tastings of locally produced spirits including vodka, gin, and schnapps. The third cellar door is next for final wine tastings and a chance to relax, buy a glass of wine, and take in the serenity. Throughout the day, you'll also get to enjoy tastings of cheese and chocolate to get the most from your flavorful day and to help support local businesses. Keep an eye out for wild kangaroos and get the chance to take photos. This tour is also carbon-neutral, with all vehicle emissions offset, so when you travel you can make a choice to take positive action to help address climate change.

Hunter Valley: Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

5. Hunter Valley: Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

Embark on a guided trip to popular breweries and award-winning wineries in Hunter Valley. Learn about wine and beer production, enjoy beer and wine tastings, a full lunch, and the comfort of traveling in a small group.  Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup service and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive around Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how beer and wine are made.  Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted beers, and refreshing ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

6. From Sydney: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, & Food Tastings Tour

Travel from Sydney and visit a combination of three boutique wineries and distilleries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy guided spirit wine tastings matched with cheese and chocolates and a delicious lunch. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside some of the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how spirits and wine are made. During guided tastings, try chocolates and local cheeses to match the wines and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavor combinations. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted spirits, and refreshing beers and ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

Pokolbin: Scenic Hunter Valley Helicopter Flight

7. Pokolbin: Scenic Hunter Valley Helicopter Flight

Beyond the Range is a flight for those that want to see more than the wine region. You will see wineries, vineyards, rolling green hills, Broken Back Range and Hunter Valley Gardens. Then you will go Beyond The Range, where you will see valleys with fresh water creeks running through them, Cedar Creek, valley views to the south looking towards Congewai, and views down towards the Wollombi Valley. So to get a great overview of the area, Beyond the Range is definitely a flight that will get you smiling. Highlights include: - Flying in a helicopter - Hunter Valley Gardens from the air - The beautiful Hunter vineyards  - The Broken Back range  - Views across the enormous Great Dividing Range and the Hunter Valley Accommodation pick-up also available, please contact one of our friendly staff. Additional charges may apply.

Port Stephens: 4WD Birubi Beach Tour with Dune Sandboarding

8. Port Stephens: 4WD Birubi Beach Tour with Dune Sandboarding

After meeting your tour guide at the departure location, you’ll board a red, air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Enjoy commentary provided throughout the tour onboard the vehicle. The first stop is 2 kilometers down Birubi Beach, where your tour guide will show you how to find and dig for pipis under the sand. Feel free to take photos, and you may even have a chance to see some RAAF fighter jets fly past at low level. After 20 minutes on the beach, you’ll head into the sand dunes to the sandboarding area. Your tour guide will show you how to sandboard correctly, assist with photos, and answer any questions you may have. Slide down the dunes for 45-50 minutes before returning to the departure location.

Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

9. Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby! Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. This tour provides you with the best experience possible. Come and witness these amazing animals up close on a brand-new adventure boat, Atmos! Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.These whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Hunter Valley and Broken Back Range Helicopter Flight

10. Hunter Valley and Broken Back Range Helicopter Flight

Board a helicopter for this flight over the Hunter Valley that is an extension of the original 10-minute tour. You’ll be taken farther along Broken Back Range over the stunning Mount View area. During your 15-minute sightseeing tour, you’ll be able to look to the west and the maze of vineyards in the prestigious Pokolbin wine region below. This is the perfect way to get a different perspective on the Hunter Valley and the surrounding mountains. You’ll also enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Cypress Lakes Golf Course and learn more about the region from the pilot’s commentary during the flight.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 54 reviews

The best way to spend Saturday, especially when it is raining. All 3 wineries were amazing. Pairing with cheese and chocolate is surprisingly good. On top of it we had a great lunch....with wine again. Highly recommended trip.

awesome mix of history, beer and wine knowledge, and delicious tasting. Colin was an amazing guide! Great day. Take snacks!

The first winery (McCaffrey) was by far the best, very personal experience with nice hospitality. 8/8 2022

Good wine, good cheese chocolates. We also have some time to enjoy the scenic surroundings

Great variety of wineries and driver was fantastic made for a very enjoyable day