Wollombi Ghost Tours, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Ghost Tour

“Love it when things go bump in the night? Then get your heart pumping and pulse racing with a ghost tour in historic Wollombi. Start a spooky night with a sacred Aboriginal smoking ceremony. Pop into a local winery for a tasting, that’ll calm your nerves. Stick close to your psychic guide and you’ll be…

Win a Wollombe Weekend Competition

Win a Wollombi Weekend

Blair Athol Estate Wollombi in partnership with Wollombi Valley Tourism are giving you the chance to win an exclusive luxury 3 night stay indulgence package for two, valued at over $5000! Wine and dine at Panino Gourmet Deli Caffe & Restaurant and brunch at Cafe Wollombi. Be treated to Blair Athol Estate’s famous luxury picnic…

Wollombi Tavern Shandy

The Wollombi Shandy

“Your correspondent has never been, is not and never will be a MAMIL. I did however participate in a mountain bike race on the weekend. Mrs Bladdamasta and I have bought the most rustic of weekenders off the beaten track near the villages of Wollombi and Laguna. Far from being sleepy villages, there’s been a…

Wollombi Lantern Parade, Hunter Valley

Lantern parade a highlight of Wollombi Country Fair

“The spirit of community will light up Wollombi during the town’s annual country fair this weekend. Second only to New Year’s Eve, the fair draws the biggest crowd in Wollombi, thanks to the popular lantern parade along the main street. School children are especially excited to be part of the parade and almost everyone from Wollombi…

Lemming Corner Upgrades, Hunter Valley

$1.07 million in Black Spot funding for local roads

Two projects worth $1.07 million have been approved for construction by Cessnock City Council un- der the 2015-16 Australian Government Black Spot Programme. $460,000 has been approved for road widening and realignment, pavement resurfacing and clearing of roadside hazards on Great North Road at Lemmings Corner, Laguna. While Duffie Drive, Aberdare received $610,000 for road…

Blair Athol Estate, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley’s Route 33, the back way

100 AMAZING PLACES YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO YET – #7-10 “Route 33 is ‘the back way’ to the Hunter Valley, and it’s a place of artisans and creatives. The whole area is brimming with strange and delightful discoveries, like these, numbers 7, 8, 9, 10 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to…

Laguna, back road to Hunter Valley Wine Country

Laguna, back road of the Hunter

100 AMAZING PLACES YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TO YET – #6 “The sleepy Hunter Valley town of Laguna may look small but it’s hiding some seriously stylish accommodation, art shows and places to drink and eat – number 6 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Johanna Griggs, Seven Network presenter.…

Sydney Weekender Visits Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Meet the Farmer – Sydney Weekender

For a paddock to plate experience right in the Hunter’s gateway, join the guys at My Father’s Table. In their cooking class you’ll learn to make dishes like delicious Lebanese Warak Enab known as Dolmades. It’s a fantastic food experience where you’ll learn new skills plus authentic recipes. These guys are passionate about where their…

Stonehurst Wines Wollombi

Mixed Blessings

“From building boutique lodging to growing grapes and farming deer and cattle, this local is proving variety is the spice of life. Inheriting a property that has been owned by only two families since the original land grant to a Napoleonic war veteran in the 1820s is a big responsibility. Just as Daryl and Phillipa…

Newcastle Tomato Festival

Newcastle Tomato Festival

“IT’S not quite La Tomatina, but Newcastle will host its own tomato festival in Honeysuckle this month. A whopping 700kilograms of the rich red fruit will be turned into passata (fresh tomato puree) on Saturday at the waterfront precinct adjacent to the Maritime Museum for the inaugural Newcastle Tomato Festival. Punters at the free event…

Places to go around Wollombi

Places to go: Wollombi

“TAKE a wander about 30 kilometres south-west of Cessnock and what will you find? Picturesque Wollombi, rich in Australian history, both indigenous and colonial. The nearby Devils Rocks and Flat Rock lookouts are extraordinary exhibits of amazing Aboriginal artwork from hundreds of years ago. The surrounding Wattagans and Yengo national parks offer spectacular campgrounds and…

Sculpture in the Vineyards opening, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Big weekend at Wollombi

“The heat and the afternoon storm that hit the Hunter on Saturday did not deter the Wollombi community from turning out to the official opening of this year’s Sculpture in the Vineyards festival. Held at Stonehurst Cedar Creek Vineyard, the opening was carried out by Wollombi local and Destination NSW chairperson John Hartigan and attended…

Wollombi Country Fair

All Systems Mow

“Quirky farm vehicles lead the fun as a Hunter town celebrates. The Blue Mountains celebrates its assets with garden festivals, Young has its cherry festival, outback Lightning Ridge honours its opals, while fruit bowl Batlow has an apple fest. And up at Wollombi they celebrate, err, ride-on mowers. Well, in this historic valley full of…

Scuplture in the Vineyards, Wollombi valley

Spectacular Wollombi sculpture festival starts Saturday

“Wollombi Valley’s spectacular Sculpture in the Vineyards is back again for 2014, launching this Saturday. The Hunter Valley’s largest sculpture festival, this year’s edition is promising to be bigger than ever, with more events, tours and an exciting new Sculpture by Night event. More than 60 artists will be exhibiting their work across four vineyard…