Wollombi Wedding, Hunter Valley

Lulu and Rory’s Fun Vintage Wollombi Wedding

“An awesome country farm in Wollombi, Hunter Valley. Vintage suits, braces, lace and lavender. 1950’s furniture scattered under a brilliant white marquee. Endless beautiful details and thoughtful touches. Most of all, an amazing, fun, and loving couple and a bride with the most beaming smile. I’ll let the photos tell the story of this unique and touching day…” Photos by…

Mulla Villa Open Day, Wollombi

Win a Wollombi Experience for 2!

Today we launch our Win a Wollombi Experience for 2 valued at over $900! Thanks to all the local businesses taking part including the fantastic accommodation on offer at Guesthouse Mulla Villa – lunch at Cafe Wollombi – gift hamper from Bohemia @ Wollombi – wine & private tasting from Noyce Bros Wines – dinner…

Devo to play Hunter Valley

Devo and Simple Minds headed to Hunter

“Simple Minds and Devo will headline the first A Day On The Green show at Bimbadgen Estate this summer. The line-up has a retro feel with the groups to be joined by fellow ’80s bands The Church (Sydney) and The Models (Melbourne), at Bimbadgen Winery on Saturday, December 8. Simple Minds last visited the Hunter…

Somewhere Unique, Environmentally Friendly Hunter Valley Accommodation

Green Feet: compostable slippers – a first for Australian luxury accommodation

Somewhere Unique  have become the first Australian accommodation property to supply guests with 100% biodegradable BioFootwear slippers! Following a number of guest comments in the colder months they began investigating whether there was an environmentally friendly alternative. Unlike bathrobes which can be washed and reused, new slippers are provided for each guest, so they wanted to…

Somewhere Unique, Luxury couples accommodation, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Somewhere Unique earns 2012 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 2012. 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…

Walk the Great North Road, Wollombi

Back on the chain gang

Ben Stubbs walks to Wisemans Ferry along the Convict Trail, a 43-kilometre remnant of mighty road works begun in the 1820s. “We have a real sense of achievement from walking 48 kilometres in two days and gaining a better understanding of the hardships William Peat and the hundreds of others on the Convict Trail must…

Avoca House B&B Farmstay, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Avoca House B&B Farmstay

“Tempted to make a tree-change but not sure how to bridge the gap between your lifestyle and the lifestyle you want to lead? Angela and Bob were city dwellers until they decided that the big smoke was getting them down so they made a ‘tree-change’. They headed to Wollombi and opened the Avoca House B&B…

Valleyfield Escape, Wollombi Accommodation, Buon Ricardo

Olives and oranges

“The view from the little villa’s front deck is of silvery-leafed olive trees planted in parades. It could be somewhere deep in Italy were it not for liquid ambers yellowing to autumn and the far prospect of rangy gum trees. Rather than Tuscany or Umbria, this is Wollombi Valley, with its pioneer history and important colonial…

George Michael to play Hunter Valley

George Michael to perform in Hunter Valley

“Pop Star George Michael will wrap up his Australian tour in the Hunter Valley in December. The British singer has announced he will return to Australia later this year with his Symphonica tour including a performance at Hope Estate on December 1. Michael was forced to cancel his world tour last year after a near-fatal bout…

St heliers art exhibition, Wollombi

St Heliers prison art on show

“It has been nine years of sometimes nail-biting anxiety, but the Wollombi Cultural Centre’s Inside Art show, which brings the works of prison inmates to the general public, has become part of the established Hunter event calendar. The show opened on Friday night and this year the works are exclusively from St Heliers Correctional Centre…

Hunter Valley Engagement, Wollombi

Grow old along with me

“A little story about Amanda and Graham… Girl sees boy. Boy sees dimples. They fall in love. Boy does incredibly romantic things for girl, including finding vintage copy of girl’s favourite childhood book. A few years on, they decide they will grow old together, and become engaged. Thanks so much guys for bringing the vision for this shoot to life! A big…

Tea & Tarot in Wollombi, Bohemia

Tea & Tarot at Bohemia

Join Haydn Scullin of Divinity Tarot, psychic & tarot reader par excellence for a cuppa home grown peppermint tea & a reading on the Australia Day Saturday market day. Haydn is based in Sydney and has been reading professionally for over 10 years. In that time he has read for thousands of people from all walks of…

Exisle Publishing, Wollombi

Wollombi & Exisle Publishing

“We were headed, in particular, for Wollombi, a small country town hiding some famous locals like ex-News Limited CEO John Hartigan, John Newcombe, Philip Noyce Wines (yes, we went to his cellar door), and of course – my publisher Exisle Publishing. I was meeting them for the very first time, not only for pleasure (they…

Wollombi Wedding, Hunter Valley

A secret wedding ceremony

“WEARING a secret smile and pre-loved Armani, Channel 7’s star newsreader Chris Bath has married sports reporter Jim Wilson. And as The Sunday Telegraph’s exclusive pictures show, the bride got just what she wanted – an intimate, fuss-free wedding, “without any hoo-ha”. After a three-year romance, Chris Bath and Jim Wilson tied the knot late on Thursday…

Wollombi bridge work complete

“Work to replace several timber bridges in the Cessnock area has been completed. Cessnock City Council matched funding on a dollar for dollar basis and contracted Civilbuild Pty Ltd to carry out work to replace the bridges at Narone, Sweetman’s and Slack’s creeks on Wollombi Road.The bridge upgrades will reduce ongoing maintenance costs and more importantly,…

Somewhere Unique, Luxury couples accommodation, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Accommodation the most ‘Unique’ in NSW

Somewhere Unique was announced as the GOLD WINNER in the ‘Unique Accommodation’ category at the 2011 New South Wales Tourism Awards. The NSW Tourism Awards are held annually to celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based competition and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and…

Paul Selwood, Sculptir from Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Wollombi Artist wins Sculpture by the Sea

“Hunter Valley artist Paul Selwood was announced at this year’s launch, on Thursday 3 November, as the winner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2011 and recipient of The Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize. Selwood’s large painted green steel sculpture is truly 3D in form, changing from every angle it is observed from, creating a dynamic…

Somewhere Unique, Luxury couples accommodation, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Tourism Award Finalist – ‘Somewhere Unique’

Somewhere Unique was announced as a Finalist in the ‘Unique Accommodation’ category at the 2011 New South Wales Tourism Awards. The NSW Tourism Awards are held annually to celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based competition and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and…

Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, Hunter Valley

Sculpture in the Vineyards

“SCULPTORS have mixed cheese, wine and the countryside to bring artwork to the public. Sculpture in the Vineyards has opened along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail for its ninth successive year. Undercliff Winery hosted some of the sculptures and owner Peter Hamshere said it was great to see so many visitors despite the weekend weather. ‘‘It…