Hunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Reserve Tour from Sydney

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  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
  • Location: Haymarket, Australia
  • Product code: 43666P1
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Stop At: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, 1 Darkinjung Rd Corner of Peats Ridge Road, Calga, New South Wales 2250 Australia

Begin with your Private Ranger who will guide you through the koala habitat and learn about one of Australia's most loved animals, followed by free time to enjoy morning tea (tea, coffee and biscuits) surrounded by roaming kangaroos, wallabies and emu's. If you're lucky you might even spot a wombat or Tasmanian Devil! It's a lovely way to break up the journey on the way to the Hunter Valley.

More about Walkabout Wildlife Park:

Walkabout Park protects over 100 types of bird, such the Superb Lyrebird, the Laughing Kookaburra and the uncommon Rock Warbler. There are more than 40 types of reptiles and frogs, from the Diamond Python to the Giant Goanna and the Eastern Froglet. It is hard for us to know exactly how many animals inhabit the sanctuary as many, especially birds, reptiles and some frogs, can come and go as they please on our 80 acre property.

However, we do have approximately 20 Eastern Grey Kangaroos, 20 Swamp Wallabies, 6 Emus, 20 Tamar Wallabies, 35 Red-Necked Pademelons, 16 Parma Wallabies, 40 Rufous Bettongs and many Bandicoots, along with the many other more secretive critters like Eastern Pygmy Possums and Sugar Gliders that we don't have an exact number for, living free in the sanctuary. We have lots of very special creatures, such as Zoe the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Tegan the Wallaroo, who make an unusual couple as they hang out together in the underbrush.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Hunter Valley Chocolate Company, 2320 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia

As we arrive in the Hunter Valley, we have a rest stop here to sample their base Belgium chocolates as well as some fudges.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Our morning wine tasting! We will visit a small boutique producer of premium wines based on the groups tastes and interest. Will your vineyard will be a delightful surprise as we have so many amazing places to choose from!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop, 2188 Broke Rd Shop 3, Pokolbin Village, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia

Private Cheese tasting of some locally made delicious cheeses.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Roche Estate, Corner Broke & McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320 Australia

We have free time for lunch. There are picnic areas for guests bringing their own lunch or a selection of restaurants to suit a large variety of tastes and budgets. All with a superb view!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Our afternoon wine tasting! Visiting another small boutique producer of premium wines to continue your wine journey that you began in the morning.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hunter Beer Co, Wine Country Drive Potters Hotel & Brewery, Nulkaba, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325 Australia

The oldest micro brewery in the Hunter Valley producing some traditional and creative beer style for the avid beer lover. 10 beers on tap to try at any one time. A lovely stop to end your Hunter Valley journey.

Duration: 40 minutes


Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • 26%($56.42) commission to TA - Please book direct & support small businesses
  • Wine Tasting Fee
  • Beer Tasting (2 x 200ml glass)
  • Entry/Admission - Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
  • Entry/Admission - Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
  • Entry/Admission - Hunter Beer Co

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Schedule Details

Departure Dates:

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Departure Point:

Pitt St at Barlow St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Departure time

7:20 AM

Duration

10 hours(approx.)

Return details

Returns to original departure point

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

Dress code is smart casual, comfortable walking shoes are recommended

This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers

Posted By : dshirebills

Very enjoyable. Sam is very knowledgeable about the area and the wines. Great lunch at the Smelly Cheese Store, along with great tastings. Really enjoyed the Walkabout Wildlife Park petting the koala bear.


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Posted On : 2020-02-10


Posted By : Steve H

Overall a fantastic way to spend a day! The Wildlife Park was fun and petting a koala and kangaroo definitely a highlight. Sam kept the day moving and fun. The Hunter Valley is beautiful and the wineries so lovely and each unique. Again Sam is a great tour guide and made the day all around fantastic!


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Posted On : 2019-11-11


Posted By : Will G

Had a great time with a great group and a great guide in Sam. We had some setbacks mostly due to traffic and he rolled with the punches and created a lovely experience for us. My small tip: don't sit in the back if you get carsick easily. Otherwise a wonderful day with a wonderful guide!


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Posted On : 2019-11-04


Posted By : Denise C

Our trip with Sam was excellent. He made the day go smoothly and gave plenty of time at all the stops. We never felt rushed and enjoyed the wine and scenery. Getting up close to some wildlife was interesting and really enjoyed the chocolate and cheese stops. He knew his wines and got the feel for what the group liked. His sense of humour was infectious. An excellent day all round. Thanks Sam.


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Posted On : 2019-01-22


Posted By : dspage

Touring the Wildlife Park, Vineyards, Cheeseshop, Brewery and Chocolate Sho with Sam was such a pleasure. He was very knowledgeable and engaging and seemed to genuinely love his native country. I high;y recommend this tour!


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Posted On : 2018-08-12


Posted By : Kari H

I especially loved the encounters with the kangaroos at the Wildlife Reserve. Very knowledgeable guide.


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Posted On : 2018-07-15


Posted By : Eric M

This tour was awesome! Our guide Sam was great - very friendly and knowledgeable. He even customized the winery visits to the group's preferences. The wildlife park was a wonderful way to start - up close views of all the Aussie creatures you want to see! And it's just enough time to see the animals there before heading to the wineries. All of the wineries we visited were lovely - very welcoming staff and enjoyed the tastings! We had lunch at the cheese shop, which was delicious! The brewery was a nice stop as well. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sydney!


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Posted On : 2018-04-09


Posted By : Stephen L

This was a really great tour. Our guide and driver , Sam, was informative and funny. He tailors the vineyard visits around the personal tastes of the guests on the tour so each tour is probably slightly different. It is a long day but on the way back Sam tried to drop everyone as close to where they were staying as possible. Sam provides cold water, sunscreen, flyspray and hand wipes if you dont have your own. The wildlife park visit was charming and a good stop on the way to the vineyards. The koala was lovely. It was nice going on a small group tour as we all chatted together and it felt like more of the personal touch at the vineyards. My favourite was Blueberry Hill which started with a sparkling rose.


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Posted On : 2018-01-01


Posted By : Katya

Sam was really nice and wanted us to have a fantastic trip. We started at the Walkabout Wildlife Park to pet the most amigable Kangaroos and Koala!!!! We fell in love with them and wanted to have a little more time with the animals which were adorable!!!
Then from there we made a stop at a chocolate factory which we could really avoid but that is when Sam gets in contact with the vineyards he chose for the specific group at the moment after asking us what is it that we personally like, plus its a bathroom stop as well.
After that stop we went to our first Vineyard which was Peterson but it was not what we expected. The guy at the winery just gave us the name of the wine but didn’t do anything additional To explain either the process or the personality of each wine.

The stop at Smelly Cheese was absolutely worth it! We didn’t know the Hunter Valley had such great cheeses and the explanation of them was wonderful as well. Then we had a really good lunch right there where they also had a Japanese restaurant in a beautiful place.

After that, we really liked our stop at the Ernest Hill vineyard where Jackie gave us one of the best wine tasting experiences and the wine is quite good! We ended up buying 4 bottles of wine.

The tour ended driving through a wonderful highway full of vegetation.

Sam was wonderful but there is room for improvement.


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Posted On : 2020-01-31


Posted By : Dot M

We enjoyed our day very much. The wildlife reserve allowed us to see native australian animals in a fairly natural habitat and the wine tastings were both enjoyable and informative. Sam did a great job both informing the group about the history of wine making in the valley and is clearly a supporter of the Wildlife Reserve. The group was a diverse one and two of the couples had very little understanding of english and relied on interpretation. I think all enjoyed it but it was difficult to know and Sam had to work hard to get a response to his input.


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Posted On : 2019-10-23