Hunter Valley YHA

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Things to do in Hunter Valley YHA

There are many activities and attractions in the Hunter Valley for everyone to enjoy. Go Horse riding, hot-air ballooning, bushwalking, or bike riding. Visit the local zoo and national parks, or go on one of the many fabulous wine tours Hunter Valley is so famous for!

Potters Brewery is an easy 400 metre walk from the hostel, a pub with great food, pool tables, and entertainment. More pubs are located 2 kms into the town of Cessnock.

At the hostel

Bike hire

Hire a bike and do a self-guided tour through the vineyards, stopping for a spot of wine tasting, lunch or even wildlife spotting. YHA member discount available.

When:
Daily
Where:
Book at reception
Cost:
$20

Brewery tour

Discover the craft beer revolution with a 45 minute tour of our local brewery. Tasting paddle included.

When:
4pm - everyday. 12pm - Sat & Sun only.
Where:
Enquire at reception
Cost:
$10

Wine tour

Enjoy a day tour of some of the best local wineries including FREE tastings! Visit vineyards, cheese tasting and sample many of the other local produce on offer here in the Hunter.

When:
9:15am - 4:30pm Daily
Where:
Book at reception
Cost:
$70

Zoo discovery

The Hunter Valley Zoo has all the animals that are a must see in Australia. Whilst you are there, pat a koala, feed an emu or check out the Tasmanian devil!

When:
Daily
Where:
Meet at reception
Cost:
$25

Tours & activities related to this hostel

$125
per person

Hunter Valley Day Trip

Discover Australia's leading wine area, the Hunter Valley. Full day tour including lunch. Visit three local wineries and taste up to 20 different wines.

A trip to the Hunter Valley wine region gives you a perfect excuse to taste some of Australia's finest wines, in Australia's oldest wine producing area. Semillons and Chardonnays are what makes the Hunter Valley famous. For fans of red wine, you can look forward to tasting some magnificent Shiraz. 
Take a unique 20 minute 'behind the scenes' wine making tour at a world renown winemaker that has won “International Winemaker of the Year” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London 3 times. Please note that this is a working winery and that if wine is in production, we cannot do the guided tour. Wine tasting will still be included. Please wear enclosed shoes.

Enjoy a delicious restaurant lunch and relax with a glass of wine while you take in the beautiful scenery. Our extensive menu caters for all tastes and requirements.


Tour departs Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from Sydney Central YHA Hostel at 7:25am and returns after a day of culture and wine-tasting at approximately 6:30pm.

$229
per person

Hunter Valley Overnight Experience

Visit Australia's oldest wine producing area, the Hunter Valley. Taste world class wine and talk to family winemakers who have been producing Australian wine for generations.
This Hunter Valley tour takes you around all the best spots in NSW's famous winery region. Visit some of Australia's award-winning wineries. The picturesque region, 2 hours north of Sydney, is also a haven for cycling, horse riding, hot air ballooning, golf and gourmet food tasting.

With so much to do, you will need an overnight stop at the Hunter Valley YHA Hostel.

The 'Hunter Valley Overnight Experience' includes:

  • 1 night dormitory accommodation at Hunter Valley YHA
  • Diverse Hunter Valley vineyards tour with tasting and a delicious lunch/li>
  • Return transfers from Sydney

On the 2nd day in your free time, perhaps cycle into the town of Cessnock, sample beers in the nearby brewery or even treat yourself to a morning hot air balloon experience. You will be collected from the Hunter Valley YHA at 3.15pm.

This overnight tour departs every THURSDAY, FRIDAY or SATURDAY from Sydney at 7.25am and will return the following day at approximately 6-6.30pm.

FREE things to do in Nulkaba

  1. Self tour over 140 vineyards, each offering free tasting and many with views that are nothing short of spectacular. Hunter Valley YHA has its own vineyard for you to wonder through as well.
  2. Visit the many markets in the hunter every weekend. Feast on local produce including olives, chilies, chocolate and, of course, wine.
  3. Sing till your heart is content at the Potter’s brewery Karaoke night every Saturday.
  4. Check out the new boutique breweries that have popped up around the hunter.
  5. Bush walk through the Werakata National Park or hike part of the famous Great North Walk in the Mount View region.
  • The YHA is central to everything the Hunter Valley has to offer, whilst still providing a nice open relaxing space to stay. The perfect pick up spot for any of the tours running in the Hunter Valley, we especially loved and can recommend Mistletoe, Chateau Francois and Petersons Cellar doors for outstanding wine selections. Balloon Aloft are a local business that offer hot air balloon rides over the Hunter Valley which is a fantastic experience and a great photo opportunity that we recommend!
    Jessica
  • Must do vineyard tour. Two fat blokes tour is 5 star. amazing. If you are looking for a high quality meal but not too expensive for a special night out I recommend Restaurant Botanica. The food, the service and the view where all amazing. The hunter valley gardens are a little expensive but if you have the time and the money I recommend you do it. Beautiful.
    Hannah R

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