Wollombi Hunter Valley gourmet walking tour

A seven day gourmet walking escape in the beautiful Hunter Valley, two hours drive from Sydney: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, all with an Italian twist.

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Wollombi (population one hundred and eighty-eight people, last count) is a gorgeous historic village in a fertile valley surrounded by national parks in the Lower Hunter Valley, two hours’ drive north of Sydney centre.  It is a beautiful area, rich in colonial and indigenous history, as well as a centre of fine food and wine.  It is also home of one of Sydney’s finest Italian chefs.  The perfect place for a winter getaway!

We have had the good fortune to live part-time in the valley for the last four years and have got together with some of the local suppliers to design a holiday that introduces you to the best the district has to offer: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, all with an Italian twist.

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This seven-day tour starts and finishes with transfers from and back to Sydney.  It includes six nights’ 4-star accommodation in an historic guesthouse overlooking the village; four guided day walks in the surrounding national parks; a day visiting two of the Hunter valley’s most prestigious vineyards, including wine degustation and a delicious lunch.  It also includes lunches and hearty breakfasts each day, as well as five dinners in excellent restaurants.

 

5% discount for private groups of 8 to 10 people. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability.

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The accommodation:

The accommodation:

The accommodation for the six nights is in a charming guesthouse, purpose-built using two thousand five hundred, convict cut, Grade 1, sandstone blocks retrieved from a demolished wing of the historic Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street.  The five luxurious rooms have en suite bathrooms and open on to private terraces.  The guesthouse has a large common living/dining area, centred around a large fireplace.  A generous breakfast is served on a long terrace with spectacular views over the village and valley to the hills of the Pokolbin forest.  The guesthouse has beautiful gardens and a large swimming pool.

Food and wine:

Food and wine:

Food and wine are some of the highlights of this tour.  Being part of the Hunter Valley, the fertile Wollombi Valley is a gourmet’s delight.  We have designed the tour to make the most of local produce and wines.  Our hosts will prepare lunches for the walks using local produce and we will dine in some of the finest restaurants in the region.  The meals will be accompanied by (rigorously) local wines and we will also have a private tour of one of the Hunter’s historic vineyards.

The walks:

The walks:

We have included a variety of walks to highlight the natural beauty and diversity of the national parks that surround the valley (Yengo, Watagan and Congewai NPs).  The first walk provides a relatively gentle start, walking through beautiful forest following a well-preserved section of the original convict road; the second is a bit more challenging, longer walk with a climb at the beginning amply rewarded with spectacular views (it will be possible to break this, if needed); the third is a shorter walk up and over a forested hill, again rewarded with great views, but this time over the vineyards of the Hunter Valley; the last walk takes you through a gorgeous neighbouring valley, the perfect end to the tour.

Getting there:

Getting there:

We will include a pick-up in Sydney CBD at 14.00 on Day 1 and transfer to Wollombi.  Wollombi is two hours’ drive from the centre of Sydney (the second half of the drive is along a very pleasant country road).  If you prefer to drive yourself, there is parking available at our accommodation.  Newcastle is the closest airport (transfers from here to Wollombi and be arranged on request).

Health and safety:

Health and safety:

All aspects of the tour will comply with the NSW government recommended health, safety and cleanliness procedures. including: the maintenance of social distancing (in the accommodation; in the transport; at meal-times and during activities); regular deep cleaning of the accommodation and transport, compulsory hand sanitizer use entering and leaving the accommodation, transport and restaurants.  Each member of the group will be provided with surgical face masks, disposable gloves and a bottle of hand sanitiser.

 

Booking conditions:

We require a $500 non-refundable deposit.  Should government restrictions prevent the tour from operating we will reschedule the tour.  If this doesn’t suit, any payments will be refunded, minus the deposit, which will be help as future credit.  Click here for full details.

The tour leader

The tour leader

The tour will lead by Simon Tancred.  "I first went to Italy as a backpacker in 1980 and fell in love with the country.  I returned in 1983, living and working in Milan until 1988. Afterwards I worked at the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales (Sydney) taking guided tours to Italy annually. I spent two years with my family in Prato (Florence) in 2003 and 2004, working at the Monash University (Melbourne) Centre. Since then I have dedicated myself full-time to Hidden Italy. I love photography and writing and have had articles and photographs on Italy published in most major Australian newspapers and travel magazines. I speak fluent Italian, alas with a pronounced Australian accent.  "Great Walks" magazine recently said I had the best job in the world.. there are other much more worthy jobs around but I am lucky my passion has become my profession - click here to read their interview."

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A seven-day gourmet escape to the Hunter Valley (NSW)

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Dates

    25 April to 30 April, 2021

    Winter tour: 4 July to 10 July 2021

  • Tour Size
    10 people
  • Tour Cost

    $3,660

    per person
  • Single supplement: $350
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation (an historic guesthouse in village centre)
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
  • All transfers listed in the itinerary (including pick up in central Sydney at the beginning of the tour and drop off at the finish)
  • Private guided tour of one of Australia’s premier vineyards
  • Private guided tours to Aboriginal sites in the national park

 

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Thanks so much for organising another superb walking tour trip - we could have been anywhere in the world! A magic part of the country. We can't wait for the next one!

– Gail and Al K July 2020

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