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!
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.
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.
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)
20 September to 26 September, 2020
The first Spring tour, 06/9/20 to 12/9/20, is now fully booked.
Tour SizeMaximum 10
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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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