Hunter Valley activities that don't involve wine tasting

Hunter Valley for non-drinkers

When you think of the Hunter Valley, wine tasting immediately comes to mind. However, there is so much more to do and see in this stunning region. Countless Hunter Valley activities – including those for children and adults – are sprinkled across the rolling hills here. This article dedicated to just this.

Throughout this short blog post, we open your eyes to the non-wine related adventures that await you on your next visit. Next time you visit Hunter Valley, bring the kids along and have a fun-packed weekend crammed with activities the whole family can enjoy. There are so many activities to choose from but here are just a few to get you started.

Pic credit: Destination NSW / Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens

This is an absolute must if you are in the region with the family; there is something for every age group to enjoy. The stunning gardens cover 14 hectares and have eight kilometres of winding paths that take you through 1000’s of trees, shrubs and ground plants, plus waterfalls and statues. Wander through the Indian Gardens with its spicy scents of curry plants, walk through the traditional Moon Gate into the Chinese Garden and then experience the Sunken Garden with its 10 metre waterfall and amazing array of colours. For the thrill seeking children there are various rides and slides and a large ferris wheel where they can revel in views from 25 metres up. When everyone is tired and hungry then pop along to the precinct for a great selection of dining options followed by a spot of shopping to finish off your day.

Pic credit: Destination NSW / Cocoa Nib

An experience for chocolate lovers

For the chocoholics amongst you, this region boasts almost as much chocolate as wine and there is even a Chocoholic Tour on offer. However if you want to check out the chocolate scene for yourself then visit Cocoa Nib, a quaint cafe which sells an array of artisan chocolates using local produce to create unusual but delicious flavours. The Caramel and Macadamia Butter crunch is to die for! Hunter Valley for non-drinkers is beginning to sound okay.

A treat for animal lovers

A trip to The Hunter Valley Zoo is a must for families staying in the area. Meet the animals up close and personal and find yourself sitting amongst the meerkats, the lemurs and squirrel monkeys to name but a few. The zoo is set in 10 acres of land and has everything from Native Australian animals to monkeys, reptiles and even alligators. Within the zoo grounds is a wonderful barbecue and picnic area to rest up a while and enjoy some refreshments.

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Hunter Valley Segway Tours

Not only will the whole family love the experience of riding a Segway but it is also a fun way explore the nature and beauty of this historic region. The route takes you through the picturesque Brockenback Ranges where the kids will delight in spotting the kangaroos and the odd wombat. You can also be safe in the knowledge that there are no cars around too. So take your camera and sense of adventure along with you and we guarantee you will have a great time.

Indulge in some Spa time

One of the most popular Hunter Valley’s activities for non-drinkers, involves visiting a spa. What better way to relax and melt away your worries without drinking wine, than to indulge in a spa treatment at The Golden Door Elysia Health Retreat and Spa. This is Australia’s biggest retreat centre and offers an abundance of wonderfully indulgent treatments from facials to massage and reflexology in luxurious surroundings.

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Let the bike take the strain

Hiring an electric bike to appreciate the tranquility of the beautiful winery views is a great way to spend a day with the family. Even if you are not going to be tasting the wines it is still an interesting experience to see the vineyards in all their glory. It is also a great way to get some exercise but all the while letting the bike do the hard work when it comes to the hills. They are easy to use for all family members and will make your day memorable and fun in the process. If you’re a non-drinker and seeking an experience of the wine region, without drinking the wine, this might just be the perfect option.

Some retail therapy

Why not finish off your trip with a spot of shopping? The Hunter Valley Shopping Village has a unique collection of stores where you can buy gifts, clothes, jewellery and glassware. When you are ready to eat then you will find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and cafes serving delicious treats.

NSW Weekend Escapes’ top hotel pick

When searching for somewhere convenient to stay in this region, then look no further than the comfortable and well-placed Hunter Gateway Motel. Situated in Rutherford it provides you with easy access to all of the main Hunter Valley activities and attractions. The rooms are elegantly decorated and the facilities include a restaurant, free parking and a cool swimming pool to return to after a long hot day of exploring.

So just because you may be a non-drinker, don’t rule out the Hunter Valley. The scenery is pretty spectacular and there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, making it the perfect place to spend some quality fun time with family or friends.

For more information about the Hunter Valley, take a look at our ultimate guide and craft your weekend getaway to the gorgeous wine region.