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Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

1. Hunter Valley: Uncork the Hunter Full-Day Wine Tour

Uncork unexpected and unique experiences on a tour of Australia's Hunter Valley. Your 7-hour tour includes multiple wine tastings, a cheese and wine masterclass, a mystery wine experience, chocolate and wine pairings, a generous lunch, a glass of wine, and a tour of a working brewery. Go off the beaten track with your small group and find great Hunter wines that exist beyond the shelves of a bottle shop. Don’t expect to go on the path well-traveled—it’s too busy there, and there’s no room for surprises.   Speaking of surprises, did the mystery wine experience catch your eye? Your tour includes a unique wine encounter that is not available to your average walk-in wine-taster. The mystery wine experience is designed to build your wine knowledge while getting you involved, having a few laughs, and teaching you what makes Hunter Valley wine unique.   Your best day ever wouldn’t be complete without the dream weavers: knowledgeable guides are a huge part of what makes your day unforgettable. They’re passionate locals who love their wine and the Hunter Valley. So, are you ready for the best day ever?

Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

2. Newcastle: True Crime Guided Walking Tour

Take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements and uncover a city with a disturbing criminal past. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, your guide will engross you with tales of famous crimes that unfolded right where you stand. The tour takes you to iconic sites in the Newcastle East area including the Convict Lumberyard, the original Newcastle gaol site, the cathedral as well as the best scenic views that Newcastle has to offer. You'll walk down hidden laneways and discover iconic nooks as you attempt to put together the facts for yourself. Each waypoint will include a retelling of the mysteries that lie beneath your feet. These are the stories that the city tried to forget.

Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

3. Port Stephens: Worimi Sand Dune Quad Bike Adventure

This tour provides 1 Guide per 5 people so most groups have two guides, one out the front leading you around and one as a tail end to make sure no one gets left behind. This means you get a fantastic experience with highly informative guide throughout! Ride over the maintained tracks through coastal grasslands to get to the dunes. Be led by your guide as you travel over more and more challenging sand dunes with the only local tour provider that has access to the highest sand dunes on Stockton Beach. The large sand dunes can be from 12 - 30 meters high. The tours are tailored to meet the needs and experience of the customers. Sand boarding can be added to the 2-hour quad bike tour. No licence is required. 

Cheeses of the World Masterclass

4. Cheeses of the World Masterclass

Tour your taste buds around the globe with a mouth-watering hour spent tasting 9 world-famous cheeses and small goods, matched with 9 outstanding Hunter Valley wines and a whole lot of laughs with your fun guide. Learn how to select any cheese to match certain varieties of wine. Find out why a Hunter Valley Semillon can be a match made in heaven when served with one cheese but a disaster when matched with another. Cheese lovers have been raving about this experience for years - it is a great way to do a wine tasting with a difference and will become the highlight of your trip.

Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

5. Newcastle: Harbor and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle on a 2.5-hour eco cruise. See pods of dolphins, seabirds, turtles and more. Enjoy 360-degree views as you cruise in a custom-built rigid inflatable. Be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs, including important Aboriginal sites. Travel down the Hunter Coast, passing Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay. See unique views of Newcastle Harbor, World War Two coastal forts, and world-renowned surfing beaches. Pass ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. 

Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

6. Newcastle: Hunter Valley Wine, Gin, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

Try some of Australia's best wine, food, cheese, chocolate, beers and spirits on this tour of the Hunter Valley. After pickup from Newcastle, you'll visit 3 local boutique wineries and a distillery, with a guided tasting at each stop. At some venues, chocolates and local cheeses will be brought to match the wine, and keep your tastebuds exploring the flavours of Australia's first wine region. In addition to all the beautiful wines and handcrafted produce, you will also enjoy a relaxed one-course lunch with a wine, beer or cider to wash it down. You'll have ample opportunity to take in the valley’s charm. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to Newcastle.

Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

7. Encounter Humpback Whales Along the Newcastle Coast!

Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing the coast in 2017. Adult Humpback Whales grow to 14 – 18 metres in length and can weigh up to 50 tonnes. While Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes - now that's a big baby! Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. This tour provides you with the best experience possible. Come and witness these amazing animals up close on a brand-new adventure boat, Atmos! Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.These whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.

Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

8. Newcastle Hidden Gems + Pub Walk with Tastings

The Newcastle small bar scene is thriving and now is your time to discover it! Explore the character and unique atmosphere that each of Newcastle’s small bars have to offer. This pub walk is a 3 hour trip that is not to missed in Newcastle. The tour takes you to all of Newcastle’s hidden gems from small bars to breweries. More than a pub crawl, think of our day trips as a progressive lunch with healthy dose of local history. The tour involves learning about the history of beer, how beer is made, different beer styles and how to match beer and food. We blend this with the history of our city, told to you by your very own local guide. When it comes to things to do in Newcastle, this tour is not to be missed. You get priority seating, custom menus, priority service, meet and greet with the owner, brewery tours, tasting notes and so much more.  

Maitland's True Crime Tour

9. Maitland's True Crime Tour

Take a stroll through one of Australia's oldest settlements and uncover a town with a disturbing criminal past. Perfect for history buffs or lovers of true crime, your guide will engross you with gruesome tales of famous crimes that unfolded right where you stand. Walk down hidden laneways and discover iconic nooks as you attempt to put together the facts for yourself. Uncover the mysteries that lie beneath the streets of historic Maitland and learn all about the history and the stories that the city tried to forget. Learn about the stories that did not make it into the official history books but remain 100% true yet 100% unbelievable.

From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

10. From Newcastle: Hunter Valley Beer & Wine Small Group Tour

Travel from Newcastle and go on guided tours of popular breweries and award-winning wineries in Hunter Valley. Enjoy beer and wine tastings, a full lunch, and the comfort of traveling in a small group. Begin your full-day tour with a convenient pickup from central Sydney and admire the picturesque surroundings as you drive in Hunter Valley, Australia’s first wine region. Go on guided tours inside the production houses, see behind the scenes, and learn how beer and wine are made. Get to know the local producers and discover the taste of a region famous for its beautiful wines, hand-crafted beers, and refreshing ciders. Take a break from all the sightseeing and take in the Valley’s charm with a relaxing lunch with a wine, craft beer, or cider.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Had the best time ever. Little nervous at first as we’ve never rides quad bikes before but the instructors were great and we knew we were in safe hands. The sand dunes were absolutely amazing, they just went for miles and miles. The weather was pretty dismal but I think that added to the fun! We couldn’t keep the smiles from our faces!!! Such a great experience. Would recommend it to anyone with a bit of adventure in them!!

Really enjoyed the day. Only 10 people on the tour. All the winery staff were friendly and informative. Our tour guide Jules, was great, she deserves a raise.

Great history walk and in depth knowledge of tour a must any fan getting to no Newcastle history more in depth

We throughly enjoyed our cruise. With a beautiful coastline and very informative skipper.

Was great fun with the family, we would all recommend