My Father's Table, Paddock to plate cooking classes, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

My Father’s Table Middle Eastern Extravaganza

“At last weekend’s Middle Eastern Extravaganza, we were joined by a film crew who, along with eating some yummy food, were busy capturing us having a wonderful time preparing and enjoying our Lebanese Feast! If you haven’t attended a My Father’s Table workshop yet, this should give you some idea of what to look forward to, and…

SMH - We'll drink to the 2014 vintage

We’ll drink to the 2014 vintage

“Thanks to perfect ripening conditions in the Hunter Valley, winemakers are declaring this a year to remember. The 2014 Hunter Valley vintage is being hailed as a great one, with perfect ripening conditions in a region that has notoriously wet vintages. Leading winemakers, including Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s Wines and Iain Riggs of Brokenwood, have…

My Father's Table, Hunter Valley Cooking Classes

My Father’s Table – Hunter Valley Cooking Classes

“My Father’s Table “Middle Eastern Extravaganza” workshop is held in Laguna Valley local resident Rita Dixon’s gorgeous home. Located just 4km’s south of the Hunter Valley’s stunning Wollombi area, these small hand’s-on cooking classes use only fresh local produce with Rita partnering with her neighbouring micro producers. Specialising in Middle Eastern food that celebrates traditional…

Blair Athol Estate Wollombi, Luxury Hunter Valley accommodation

Hidden gem opens its doors

“Wollombi has much to offer those seeking a memorable and unique weekend escape, writes LISA ROCKMAN. On a cliff-top plateau overlooking the valley are lounge chairs, a coffee table and a country-style dining table adorned with native flowers … We linger long into the afternoon before warming ourselves in front of a campfire at sunset.…

Somewhere Unique, Luxury romantic couples accommodation, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley operators dominate tourism excellence awards

“Hunter Valley operators have once again succeeded at the Hunter Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism, held at Wests New Lambton last Wednesday. Wollombi luxury accommodation Somewhere Unique was inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning gold in the Unique Accommodation category for three consecutive years. Margan Wines received three gold awards, taking…

A Day on the Green - Jimmy Barnes at Bimbadgen

Hunter gigs for Barnes anniversary

“LEGENDARY rocker Jimmy Barnes has announced he’ll come back to the Hunter for the second time this year as part of a concert series to celebrate 30 years as a solo artist. In a tour presented by A Day On The Green, the former Cold Chisel frontman will be backed by The Living End, Baby…

Sting and Paul Simon at Hope Estate, Hunter Valley

Sting, Paul Simon heading for the Hunter

“MUSIC legends Sting and Paul Simon will perform together in the Hunter Valley in February. The duo bring their acclaimed On Stage Together tour to Australia and New Zealand in early 2015, including a show at Hope Estate Winery on February 14. As long-time friends, the concept for the On Stage Together tour originated at…

Fruit stalls along Tourist Drive 33

Less is more: Stalls a sweet deal

“FARMER’S gate roadside stalls are my favourite place to shop. Buying direct from the farmer is a great way to source local seasonal food. The produce is typically super fresh and costs far less than what you would pay elsewhere. I especially love the unpredictability of roadside stall shopping. For me, stopping at a stall…

Somewhere Unique - Romantic Hunter Valley Accommodation - celebrates World Environment Day with donation to Greenfleet

A Unique way to celebrate World Environment Day

An eco-certified accommodation business located in historic Wollombi in the NSW Hunter Valley is doing their bit for the environment on World Environment Day, announced Melanie Morschel, owner of Somewhere Unique. The business is donating $10 to environmental charity Greenfleet for every reservation made during June 2014. “We recognise that caring for the environment is…

Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June

“Amateur cooks, serious foodies, wine lovers and lifestyle enthusiasts are gearing up for the year’s ultimate celebration of flavour, the famous Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month in June. This year’s flavour odyssey will feature festival favourites on the menu, as well as a series of new and exciting indulgences, during a month-long series of…

Somewhere Unique - Romantic Couples Accommodation - Wollombi, Hunter Valley - Wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Somewhere Unique earns 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Somewhere Unique, a couples-only accommodation property in the NSW Hunter Valley, announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for 2014. The award honours hospitality excellence, and is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. “As a small business owner, we are very excited to receive…

The Eadgles Tour Hunter Valley, Hope Estate, March 2015

Eagles to swoop on the Hunter next year

“The Eagles are heading back to Australia and New Zealand for a tour. The seven-date Australian leg of the History of the Eagles tour will kick off in Perth in mid-February 2015. It will be the first time the Hotel California rockers have toured Australia since 2010. The tour will include indoor arena dates in…

Roxette to tour Hunter Valley in February 2015

Roxette to tour Australia in February

“Legendary Swedish rockers Roxette will return to Australia next year for eight dates. The duo of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson will play arena shows in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Wollongong and Sydney in February. They will also play two day on the green winery gigs at Hunter Valley’s Bimbadgen Winery and Rochford Wines in…

Ngurra Bu Aboriginal Cultural Camp, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Be immersed in Aboriginal Culture

Join us on a 2 or 3 day camp at some of our culturally significant sites. Our camps are ideal for people looking to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional NSW Aboriginal lore and culture. Join in on cultural activities including: Guided visits to culturally significant sites including twilight stories; Participate in traditional…

Educating Rita, Wollombi Valley Artists, Hunter Valley

Theatre Preview: Educating Rita

“STAND-UP funny man Alan Glover is engaged in a very different sort of comedy in Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita, which is being staged by Wollombi’s Valley Artists from May 9. Glover is cast as Frank Bryant, a jaded, middle-aged academic with a fondness for the bottle. Bryant, who is employed at a northern England…

Wollombi Music Festival, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Music Festival line-up announced

“Returning Saturday the 27th of September is the 5th (Day/Night) Wollombi Music Festival. The festival is fast becoming one of the most loved small festivals in the land with a line-up & energy that belies the term ‘boutique’. Wollombi Music Festival combines a beautiful mountain setting with an awesome adjacent camping area & fills its…