Hunter Valley walking tour itinerary

This seven-day guided tour will show one of the most charming parts of NSW's Hunter Valley: excellent accommodation, great walks, fine food and wine, good company, with an Italian twist!

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Day 1:

Once you have settled into your accommodation, we’ll have an aperitivo before walking into the village for dinner next door at an excellent Italian restaurant (in a previous life, Bruno was head chef for both Lucio’s and Buon Ricordo in inner Sydney).

Day 2:

In 1826, re-offending convicts were sent bush and put to work on one of 19th century Australia’s greatest engineering feats: The Great North Road connecting Sydney with Newcastle.  The first walk will take us through beautiful forest following a surviving stretch of the old road.  13 kms, 5 hrs, 100 mts.  After a cut lunch, we’ll head back to our base, stopping for a cleansing ale at an historic watering-hole.  Dinner will be a personalised menu at our accommodation. 

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Day 3:

Today we drive to the Pokolbin district, one of the finest wine-producing areas in Australia where we will visit two privately run vineyards that will open especially for our group.  We will have a marvellous lunch in a family-run vineyard before heading back to base.  A light dinner will be served at our accommodation this evening.

Day 4:

Today we drive into a pretty tributary valley.  The walk picks up another section of the Great North Walk.  After a steep climb, this beautiful, well-marked trail levels out to a large flat rock where we’ll have a fine picnic lunch.  We then follow the easy trail along the ridge down into the neighbouring valley.  13 kms, 5 hrs, 380 mts ascent.  Dinner will be a personalised menu at our accommodation.

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Day 5:

This morning, we have an easy walk following a good track through forest up the side of an ancient volcano to a spectacular lookout over the Hunter Valley.  8 kms, 2.5 hours, 150 mts ascent.  From here we walk through vineyards to an award-winning French restaurant (the best in the Hunter Valley).  A light dinner will be served at our accommodation this evening.

Day 6:

Today we finish with a gentle walk on a beautiful, unsealed country road that winds through a neighbouring valley past farms and forest.  10 kms, 2.5 hrs, 50 mts.  We will be met at the end of the walk and a local Aboriginal guide will accompany us into the Yengo National Park to visit a number of very significant rock engravings.  After a cut lunch, we return to our base, where the afternoon is free.  As a finale to our tour, we’ll have dinner back at Bruno’s.

Day 7:

This morning, we will transfer you back to Sydney.

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

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Dates

    9 October to 15 October, 2022

    Please email us for availability!

  • Tour Size
    10 people
  • Tour Cost


    per person
  • Single supplement: $650
  • 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 Kamnisky, 2020

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