Exploring the Hunter Valley in Autumn – Top 10 things to do this season

Exploring the Hunter Valley in Autumn – Top 10 things to do this season -

Autumn in the Hunter Valley is a magical time, with the landscape transforming into a stunning tapestry of reds, oranges and golds. This time of the year is an important time in the vineyards, visitors to the estate will see the cover crops in between the vine rows being prepared for the season.

Visiting the region is exciting with activities from wine tastings to outdoor adventures, here are some of the best activities to enjoy during this season.

  1. Wine Tasting

The Hunter Valley is renowned for its world- class wineries. Autumn is the perfect time to indulge in a fireside tasting at McLeish Estate. Experience the estate Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and blends as part of the Vineyard Range tasting. For an elevated tasting of our cellared reds we offer the option of our Wines of Distinction tasting.

  1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Hunter Valley from above with a hot air balloon ride. Drift serenely over the vineyards as the landscape below is bathed in the warm hues of Autumn. This unforgettable experience offers a unique perspective of the region’s stunning scenery.

  1. Gourmet Dining

Autumn brings an abundance of fresh produce to the Hunter Valley, making it an ideal time to explore the region’s culinary delights. From gourmet restaurant to quaint cafes, indulge in delicious meals crafted from seasonal ingredients, paired with the regions benchmark wines.

  1. Nature walks

Explore the picturesque countryside on one of the many walking trails in the Hunter Valley, experience Mount Bright track, Watagan track or Yellow Rock lookout to see the beauty of the region and the crisp fresh air.

Alternatively explore the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens which offers unique activities throughout the year.

  1. Sightseeing Local Wildlife

Take a scenic drive to Hunter Valley zoo to experience wildlife up close and book a special animal encounter. Then as you drive through the Hunter Valley keep an eye out for native wildlife, such as kangaroos and wallabies, as you explore this idyllic region.

  1. Picnicking

Pack a picnic basket of locally sourced goodies and find a scenic spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch. McLeish Estate offers plenty of space to picnic with panoramic views of the countryside and vineyards. Providing the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon.

  1. Golfing

Tee off amidst the stunning backdrop of the Hunter Valley’s vineyards and rolling hills at one of the region’s premier golf courses. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice player, the scenic courses offer an enjoyable and challenging experience for golf enthusiasts of all levels.

  1. Events

Autumn brings a variety of events to the Hunter Valley, celebrating everything from food and wine to music and culture. At McLeish Estate the cellar door will be open across the Easter Long weekend and offering the ‘Semillon & Sushi’ tasting event.

  1. Art

Discover the vibrant arts of the Hunter Valley with visits to galleries showcasing the works of local artists. From traditional paintings to contemporary sculptures, there’s something to inspire art enthusiasts of all tastes.

  1. Relaxation

After a day of exploring, unwind at one of the Hunter Valley’s spas and wellness retreats. Treat yourself to a massage, facial or treatment and relax in the tranquil surroundings of the region.

With its stunning scenery, world class wine and food and abundance of outdoor activities, the Hunter Valley offers the perfect autumn escape for guests seeking adventure, culture and relaxing experiences. We cannot wait to welcome you.