Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Artwork in the vineyards

“Wollombi attracts many tourists over the summer period and this exhibiton is a way of showing the world what we can do. This year’s contemporary works range from figurative to animal, abstract and formal. In addition to the outdoor sculpture display, 20 of the artists will have indoor works at The Gate Gallery.”

Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Sculpture has fluid appeal

“IN just two years emerging Marks Point sculptor Joanna O’Toole has won several awards for her work. Now the mother of three is bringing one of her prized works home to the Hunter Valley for the Sculpture in the Vineyards Exhibition. More than 60 artists selected from 100 applicants nationally will exhibit their work in…

Avoca House B&B Farmstay, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Baby steps in the bush

“Joel Gibson introduces his daughter to the farmyard at a stylish retreat near Wollombi. Avoca House B&B Farmstay … seem to have struck the perfect balance between interest in their guests and a life of their own, making their company a delight and their house a lovely place to relax. Weekends Away are reviewed anonymously…

Wild Edge Retreat, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

I love you infinity

“Melissa Singer takes the opportunity to advance the romance at a bush retreat in the Hunter. New owners have given Wild Edge a nip and tuck … Our “pavilion” – there are four on the property, two with private pools – is named Wind Spirit but it could just as well be called Heaven. At…

Historic Wollombi village, Hunter Valley

Boutique boozing in the Hunter Valley

“Catriona was surprised to see that Wollombi is a bustling village. It’s rich in Aboriginal and colonial history, there is a museum, historical buildings and Aboriginal engraving sites. The Yengo National Park and Watagan Mountains have bushwalking and driving tracks. There are boutique wineries, B&Bs, guesthouses and self-contained cottages, all adding up to a fantastic…

A vine setting for art spectacle

“There was an obvious reason for Undercliff Winery co-owner Jane Hamshere to offer her acreage as a venue for Sculpture in the Vineyards. ‘‘It’s my love of art,’’ she said. Purpose-built sculptures have begun popping up among the vines this month, taking pride of place at several Wollombi Valley vineyards. Curator Tara Morelos said the…

Historic Wollombi village, Hunter Valley

DVD promotes Wollombi village

“It may have taken two years but Wollombi has finally clawed its way out of tough economic times, and a special event tomorrow will signal a new beginning for the historic village. The DVD is based on a short film called We Love Wollombi Coz … and celebrates the survival and ongoing spirit of a…

Cedar Creek Cottages, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Stuck in a rut

“Debra Jopson finds herself on the edge of wine country and in the middle of deer mating season at Cedar Creek Cottages. There are six cottages on the property, all designed for couples. We are allocated Howell’s Cottage, a modern studio-style house with big wood-framed windows, a verandah overlooking rows of grapevines, an outdoor brick…

Somewhere Unique, Luxury couples accommodation, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

To avoid wildlife, go bush

“We have just come from checking into our tranquil haven, Somewhere Unique … touches are abundant and thoughtful: Natio bath products, candles, local soaps and an oil burner with an aphrodisiac blend enhance a truly epic bathroom – gigantic oval bath, separate shower and grandiose showerhead. Melanie, our host, doesn’t stick around for a chat,…

Wollombi Scarecrow Festival, Hunter Valley

Wollombi scarecrow festival begins

“THEY might keep birds off crops, but Wollombi is hoping they do not scare away tourists. In its fourth year, the event was a bit of fun for the community that was becoming a tourist attraction, organiser Melanie Morschel said. Originally limited to the main roads of the village, privately owned land in central locations…

Undercliff Settlers Cottage, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

The magnetic north

“Our destination, Settlers Cottage at Undercliff Winery, is on a well-used dirt road just outside the village. It’s dark when we arrive but the winery dog (named Tannin) welcomes us with loud enthusiasm and, if allowed, would follow us all the way to the cottage. The cottage is set into a hill overlooking the vineyard,…

Stonehurst Cellar Door, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Tipple among the lavender

“Cedar Creek is a 220-hectare property with seven hectares of vineyards, 40 head of cattle, more than 200 deer and its own cellar door, Stonehurst Wines. The property’s six cottages have been beautifully rebuilt by current owner Daryl Heslop who has run the property with his wife Philippa for 28 years. Our two-bedroom cottage, the…

Valley Field Escape, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Go ahead, shake your grove thing

“Valleyfield Escape is the perfect spot for doing absolutely nothing. A villa on a 100-plus-hectare property owned by restaurateur Armando Percuoco, who operates Paddington’s revered Buon Ricordo, it is a little slice of paradise for two. Set high on a hill, overlooking the main homestead and a quirky sculpture garden designed by Michael Cooke, Valleyfield…

Wollombi Tavern, Hunter Valley

So near and yet so far

“It doesn’t take long before you feel like a local in this friendly country town, writes Louise Southerden. This is Wollombi, a little country town just north of Sydney that’s full of surprises. The monthly cattle auction where city slickers like me can rub shoulders with flannel-shirted graziers is just one of its many understated…

Historic Wollombi village, Hunter Valley

Wollombi

“Catriona was surprised to see that Wollombi is a bustling village. It’s rich in Aboriginal and colonial history, there is a museum, historical buildings and Aboriginal engraving sites.” Getaway | Read more