Local Attractions  and Shops Around Wollombi

Visit historic Wollombi, Hunter Valley

There are a range of unique attractions and retail shops throughout the Wollombi Valley. If you are visiting the vineyards to enjoy wine tasting at boutique wineries, why not pop in on any one of the cellar doors along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. Remember to take a look at our Events calendar and see what’s on during your visit to the Wollombi Valley.

Dr Jurds Jungle Juice

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Born about 10 miles from the Tavern in 1929, Mel Jurd purchased the Wollombi Wine Saloon in 1957. Legend has it that Mel, in his efforts to keep costs down and revenues up would save all the leftovers from the night before and pour them into a single container. This becames Dr Jurds Jungle Juice, which has remained the trademark for the establishment ever since. Experience the infamous Jungle Juice – or take one home – at the Wollombi Tavern.

Opening Hours: 7 days

The Great North Road – Convict Trail

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The Convict Trail is the name for convict built Great North Road, the surrounding land and historic buildings. From which ever direction you approach Wollombi, you are travelling along parts of the Convict Trail. To make your journey more enjoyable the Convict Trail Project has produced a series of E-brochures downloadable from their website.

The Convict Trail Project has been in existence since the early 1990′s. It was initiated by the Bucketty and Wollombi communities (population 150 and 300 respectively) and for its work in preserving the Great North Road, it has been nationally recognised as one of the most successful community-based heritage organisations.

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Endeavour Museum

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Wollombi’s local museum contains an interesting collection from the rich colonial past of the Cessnock and Wollombi districts. The judges bench houses a growing photographic collection of the life and time of the area. Souvenirs and family history literature are on sale. The museum is in Wollombi village, and there is a shaded picnic table in the grounds.

Entry fee to the Museum: Adults $2, Children free
Opening Hours: Open 6 days a week. Monday,Wednesday & Thursday 10.30am-1.30pm. Friday from 11am-3pm. Saturday & Sunday from 11am-4pm.

Great Northern Trading Post

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General Store, Bar, Café and Live Music Venue.

The Great Northern Trading Post retains the laid-back atmosphere and rustic charm of 1870 when it all began as “Ye Olde Horse Wagon Trading Post”. Originally a watering hole for the bullock teams lugging development into the Hunter Valley,

Full range of Beer, Wine & Spirits. Home cooked meals for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week. Live Music and Dinner from 6.00pm on Friday Nights. Allpress Coffee and light snacks. ULP/Diesel, Swap & Go Gas.

OPENING HOURS:
Monday to Thursday  – 7.00am to 8.00pm
Friday – 7.00am to Midnight
Saturday & Sunday – 8.00am to 10.00pm

Wollombi General Store

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The General Store is a must see in the village of Wollombi. It is  the original store that was constructed before the end of the 19th century. It presently functions as a general store, stocking groceries, household goods, stationary, local fruit and vegetables, meats, confectionery, dairy items and gifts.

There is a  selection of locally made honey, jams, oils and relishes. The latest addition to the store is a coffee shop serving coffee from Beancraft, various teas, Bondi Chai and hot chocolate. We are lucky enough to be one of only two coffee shops in Australia that have this blend of coffee. There is a supply of sweet treats to compliment the coffee and hot pies and sausage rolls are available.

We have opened the gallery in the shop which hosts a display of local art and craft which is available for purchase. The shop acts as a Australia Post Office agency and we are a gas supplier for the area. There is a small tourist information area and information about upcoming local events.

OPENING HOURS: Open Monday – Wednesday from 8am to 5.30pm, Thursday – Saturday from 8am to 6pm, and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

Twine Home Store

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Twine Home Store is located in the historic village of Wollombi in NSW Hunter Valley. The store is stocked with a wide variety of locally and internationally sourced finds, the majority of which are sustainably or fair trade made.

We stock brands including: Apple Green Duck, Atolyia, Down to the Woods, Eb & Ive / Isle of Mine, Fragonard Perfumes, Have you met Miss Jones, Kate and Kate Blankets, Laguna Lavender, Nana Huchy, OB Designs, Peachy by Lark, Redecker brushes and dusters, The Dharma Door, Wonki Ware.

OPENING HOURS: Friday from 10am to 2pm, and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 3pm. We also sell our home wares online.

The Wollombi Quilt

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In February 2007 Wollombi Stitch N’ Bitch group decided to create a community quilt. The guidelines were to create 30cm x 30cm squares depicting “something you love about our valley” Any texture was acceptable. All those who volunteered became busy knitting, stitching, quilting, painting, spinning, dyeing wool and experimenting with cameras, computers, mud, silk and feathers.

On June 9, 2007 cyclonic rain brought floods to the valley isolating properties, cars and people for weeks. It was feared that the quilt may have “gone under”. However fifty women and two men persevered to produce a quilt of fifty four squares depicting a wonderful diversity of, events and even catastrophes including wildlife, birds, flowers, poetry, wineries, historical buildings, bush fires, and the recent flood, as well as activities such as the Book Club, Tennis Club, Cricket Club and Arts and Crafts.

Next time you are in Wollombi, why not visit the Wollombi Quilt? You can see the quilt in the corridor behind Noyce Bros cellar door, within the Gray’s Inn in the centre of the village. Open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays).

The Wollombi Wool Store

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The Wollombi Wool Store stocks a range of quality yarns – some locally sourced, some from other areas in Australia and others from the U.K., U.S.A., Italy and Japan. We also stock Addi Turbos, Knit-pro and Naturally (bamboo) needles and crochet hooks.

To inspire your knitting there is a wide range of books by such fabulous designers as Kim Hargreaves, Debbie Bliss, the Rowan team, Jo Sharp and Jenny Watson for Noro. Patterns by the fabulous Bonnie Marie Burns (Chic Knits) and Brooklyn Tweed are also on their way!

Workshops, Classes and late night knitting on Fridays (and sometimes Sundays) provide great knitting support to encourage more fun, fit and finishing for your knitting project.

OPENING HOURS: Thurs – Mon 10.00 – 3.00 (later with phone call). Late night knitting Friday.

Wollombi Valley Wine Trail

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The Wollombi Wine Trail begins near the historic village of Wollombi on the convict built Great North Road. Vineyards have been producing fine wines in this region since the 1850s when Wollombi was a thriving agricultural centre. From October to January each year, the Wine Trail wineries host Sculpture in the Vineyards.

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