Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, the Perfect Spot For a Weekend Getaway

Pokolbin is located in the eastern part of the Australian state of New South Wales. It rests in the internationally famed wine region of the Lower Hunter Valley. Pokolbin is in fact a rural area rather than a town, though it is situated between two towns, Cessnock and Branxton. It is a popular attraction due to its many wineries and vineyards, day spas, resorts and local artisans. What follows are some of the attractions of the land.

The Hunter Valley is most famed for its wines and is what draws most of its visitors. Dozens of wine producers and vintners are based here, ranging from big multinationals to small family operations. Most of the countryside is under cultivation. The most common plantings are Shiraz and Semillion with Chardonay, Cabernet and Sauvignon rounding out most of the rest.

The Vintage Hunter Wine and Visitors Centre at 455 Wine Country Drive in Pokolbin can direct visitors to the towns, accommodations, dining establishments and festivals in the Valley. Most importantly they can direct you to the many wineries and arrange visits to such vintners as Vinden Estate Wines, Thalgora Estate, Blueberry Hill Vineyard, Morgan Family Wine Growers and Tyrrell’s Wines.

At the center of the area is Pokolbin Village, popular as a base from which to tour the wine country due to its central proximity and being in walking distance of nearly all local wineries and cellars. The resort is set up like a village amidst landscaped grounds. Visitors may stay in suites with private verandas or bedroom villas and a homestead for more private stays. Tours of the wine country and its attractions can be arranged with the staff there.

Another famed place here are the Hunter Valley Gardens. Created by Bill and Imelda Roche, award-winning gardeners and landscapers. Here twelve themed gardens cover over twenty-five hectares of land. A famed holiday spot, the Mercure Resort provides accommodations and there are many events besides the regular garden tours.

Some of the gardens found here are the Rose Garden, where over eight thousand roses of over one hundred and fifty varieties grow in a garden patterned in a corkscrew shape. There is the Sunken Garden, a garden landscaped to give a sunken, grotto-like appearance, featuring a large waterfall and pond the size of five Olympic pools amidst an array of evergreen and deciduous trees. Then there are the Chinese and Oriental Gardens where one enters through traditional Chinese moongates and Chinese, Korean, and Japanese influences are blended to incorporate rocks, raked gravel, bamboo stands, Ginko trees, pagodas and lakes filled with water lilies and Asian fish.

Barrington Tops is a natural area that is divided into a State Forest and a National Park. Here one finds great basalt cliffs, rain forests, moss swamps and trout streams. It is on the list of World Heritage sites and is a twenty-five kilometer long plateau set between extinct volcanoes. Diverse and plentiful flora and fauna live here. The site provides for outdoor activities such as bushwalks, canoeing and kayaking, mountain and trail bicycling and camping.

As one can see, Pokolbin provides access to domesticated as well as wild nature and makes available activities and amenities in plenty for those on holiday.