Wollombi Escape 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: Sunday

Mid-afternoon transfer from Sydney city centre to Wollombi.  Once you have settled into your accommodation, you’ll be taken on a guided tour of this fascinating village.  We'll then have a pre-dinner drink at the shops of a local vignerno then have 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: Monday

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.  12 kms, 4 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 a neighbouring restaurant. 

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Day 3: Tuesday

Today we drive to the Pokolbin district, one of the finest wine-producing areas in Australia, where we’ll visit one of Australia’s oldest vineyards, founded 160 years ago.  Our visit will include a private ‘premier’ tasting of the vineyard’s award-winning wines.  We will have lunch (Italian with a modern twist) in a nearby vineyard before heading back to base.  A light dinner will be served at our accommodation this evening.

Day 4: Wednesday

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 (it is possible to shorten the walk).  Back at base, the evening is free.

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Day 5: Thursday

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.  We will enjoy a long lunch in a nearby award-winning French restaurant overlooking a vineyard.  Dinner will be a personalised menu at a neighbouring restaurant.

Day 6: Friday

Today we finish with a gentle walk on a beautiful unsealed country road that winds through a nieghbouring 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 historic sites.  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, where he will cook us a slap up dinner from his native Sardinia.

Day 7: Saturday

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

    20 September to 26 September, 2020

    The first Spring tour, 06/9/20 to 12/9/20, is now fully booked.

  • Tour Size
    Maximum 10
  • Tour Cost


    per person
  • Single supplement: $350
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation (an historic guesthouse in village centre)
  • All breakfasts, all lunches and five 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 to Aboriginal sites in the national park
  • All paid admissions during the tour


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– Gail and Al K. July 2020

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