Local Attractions in and around the Wollombi Valley
If you’re after something different, catch a Valley Artist production, or stroll through the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards, which takes place from October to January each year. A visit to the Koolang Astronomical Observatory at Bucketty is also a memorable experience.
You can easily spend days exploring the history of Wollombi, gateway to Hunter Valley Wine Country. Well preserved Aboriginal engravings can be seen in a few locations. Many sections of the Convict Trail can be walked or accessed by car, and the Wollombi Village Historical Walk takes in the many pre-1860s buildings in the village, including the Endeavour Museum.
For those into creative arts, you’ve come to the right place. Performances are held throughout the year by Valley Artists, which are all highly regarded. Regular art exhibitions are displayed at the Cultural Centre in the village, and the Laguna School Art Show in September is a major annual event.
Nature-lovers are also well catered for. Explore the Yengo National Park and Watagans, which offer bushwalks of all lengths and difficulty, as well as the spectacular view from Finchley Trig. Or take the time to observe the many species of birds, grazing wallaroos and wallabies at dusk or wombats to night, to mention a few of the native locals …
Of course there is always the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail to explore. The vineyards and wineries of the Valley are small, boutique operations run by owner operators. The grapes are picked by hand and the wines are largely hand-made in small quantities. Fine wines have been produced in the region since the 1850′s.
Picture yourself in the front of one of Wollombi Valley’s beautiful sandstone churches for a memorable wedding day, a horse drawn carriage pulls up to take you and your partner to one of the many unique reception venues to celebrate.
If you’re looking for a great day trip, discover the “Heart and Soul of the Hunter Valley” by following the ‘ART FOOD WINE’ Trail which takes you on a loop drive through Wollombi, Broke and Mount View. Take the scenic route travelling along convict built roads through the historic villages of Wollombi and Broke and through the breathtaking hills of Mount View. Manicured vineyards and olive groves, Australian native wildlife, bushland, fertile grazing and farmland – it’s all here.
If you’re exhausted already from what’s on offer, you can always relax in front of a log fire in winter or enjoy a glass of local wine on a cool summer evening!
Or stay a while and visit one of our neighbouring regions … Wollombi is around a 30-40 minute drive from the vineyard districts of Broke, Mount View, Around Hermitage, and Lovedale, and within an hour’s drive of Newcastle, the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Maitland. There’s a huge range of other attractions surrounding the Wollombi valley.Download the Wollombi Valley Map