10 Things to Do in Cessnock That You Shouldn't Miss

October 7, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Nestled in the fertile Hunter Valley, Cessnock’s wine region is one of the oldest and most diverse in the world, making it a terrific destination for oenophiles. There are over 100 wineries in the area, and vineyard and cellar tours are among Cessnock’s most popular attractions. World-class golf courses, gourmet eateries, lush gardens and blissful spas round out the local appeal.
Restaurants in Cessnock

1. Beyond Ballooning

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
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5 based on 1 reviews

Beyond Ballooning

We offer daily hot air balloon rides over the beautiful Hunter Valley whilst providing a superior level of service in order to provide you with the experience of a lifetime.Beyond Ballooning caters for small groups to ensure that every passenger gets the most out of the experience. We offer more space per passenger than any other operator to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable flight.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Thank you to the crew at Beyond ballooning we had a manically day! My husband and i were a little apprehensive about our experience, however the staff, the day, their professional attitude, the free photos and perfect breakfast made it an amazing morning! Thank you for everything!

2. All Hunter Wine Tours & Transfers

Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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5 based on 314 reviews

All Hunter Wine Tours & Transfers

All Hunter Wine Tours will open the smaller Cellar doors in the Hunter Valley for you!! We have a new air conditioned Toyota Commuter bus- catering for groups or private charter up to thirteen guests ! we pick up from all major local Hunter Valley accommodation in Pokolbin - (We do not pick up from Sydney- )Taste Olives & Oils- Chocolates- all my guests receive free Mt Franklin bottled water- we also call in to the local gourmet cheese shop!! Plenty of inexpensive own cost lunch options! Also available for transfers to/from hotels and restaurants after hours, just call and I can be anywhere in the vineyards at short notice.

Reviewed By Mik C

We went on a tour with Mark to see some amazing wineries and it was an experience of a lifetime. The wineries Mark to us to were phenomenal and their expertise in wine was exceptional. My partner Jess and I believe that Mark's touch on...MoreThanks for your great review, Mik and Jess; I'm glad you enjoyed your day...spread the word!

3. Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours

Pyne Way Mount View, Mount View, Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia
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5 based on 285 reviews

Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours

We are The Small Group Specialist: full and half day wine tours that include wine appreciation tutorial, winery walk, private tastings and carefully crafted itineraries to ensure you of an informative yet fun day out. Gourmet samplings, lunch included (full day), expert commentary, written itineraries with wine/food matches and more, ensure you get the most out of every glass. Private tours, devise your own itinerary, and, based on TripAdvisor reviews, "Excellent", we are your number 1 choice.Door to door pick-up/drop-off within Wine CountryWe hope to welcome you aboard soon.

Reviewed By Liv E - Windsor, United Kingdom

Pippa was a perfect host; full of knowledge, full of great stories and so friendly and funny. She and Helen picked us up and transported us home, which was such a lovely service. Pippa made sure our experience was individual and tailored it to our tastes, which was so kind of her! We visited some beautiful vineyards that all varied greatly. I cannot thank you enough for such a fantastic outing and for organising such fun activities for us to do all day. I cannot recommend Pippa highly enough!

4. Ernest Hill Wines

307 Wine Country Dr, Nulkaba, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia +61 2 4991 4418
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5 based on 203 reviews

Ernest Hill Wines

We are a family owned producer of Premium Hunter Valley Wine with a 5 Star James Halliday rating and multiple International award winning wines.

Reviewed By Vickie S - Brunswick, Georgia

This winery was one on our Hunter Valley wine tour. It stood out because of Lesley, the informative and friendly staff person who took us through the wine tasting. The winery is beautifully located in Hunter Valley with a wine tasting room that is cozy and efficient. Our group was thirteen people, one of which was a small child. In spite of the potential distraction of the child, Lesley handled the tasting and the education of the tour group with professional aplomb. The wines were interesting and ranged widely in type and taste.

5. Wine Country Ballooning

332 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
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5 based on 133 reviews

Wine Country Ballooning

Wine Country Ballooning is the Hunter Valley's only Boutique balloon rides company. If you deserve the best possible service at the best price, look no further. With never more than 10 people onboard, flying with the valley's most experienced local pilot and owner of the company ensures a level of service unsurpassed. Balloon rides over the Hunter Valley with Wine Country Ballooning.

Reviewed By tbate54 - Queensland

We chose this company because of their great reviews online, small group numbers and they were the only company in the Hunter Valley to offer a full refund if you don't fly due to bad weather (not a voucher to use within 12 months like...MoreThanks for your review. Pleased you enjoyed your flight. It certainly was a fast one and we did cover a lot of ground. all the best for the new year Daren

6. Hunter Valley Zoo

Lomas Lane, Nulkaba, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia +61 2 4990 7714
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Hunter Valley Zoo

Hunter Valley Zoo is a private run zoo supported by its local families and business'. Set among the beautiful Hunter Valley it has 10 acres of land with everything from Native Australian animals to exotic animals such as monkeys and meerkats. Hunter Valley Zoo has picnic areas and free BBQ facilities so come and make it a family day out. We have special feed bags which can be used to feed our farmyard animals and our walkthrough kangaroo and bird aviary. Want something more? Hunter Valley Zoo now have encounters with Meerkats and Marmoset Monkeys and a species sponsor option. Visit our website or call us for more information.

Reviewed By cyndy66 - Wyong, Australia

We visited this zoo on Sunday afternoon, and had pre-booked the 3.15 pm Meerkat Experience. We arrived around 1pm and had brought our own lunch, they do have a small souvenier shop/kiosk with some sandwiches available. We took a leisurely stroll around the zoo, enjoying the cheetah talk and catching a few other 'talks' and also asked random questions of the Zoo people who happened to be feeding the animals, all were very informative ... but the best bit was the MEERKAT experience. They have recently had a litter of pups, so there were five tiny meerkats in there as well as the adult ones, and as soon as you sit down with your bowls of food, they are all over you ... and for the next amazing twenty minutes, you are interracting with them, they are climbing onto your shoulder, jumping from one person to the next, climbing up your legs etc ... they are very sweet creatures, and although you cannot pick them up, you are allowed to touch them as they are feeding etc. My dad has limited mobility, but was able to negotiate the three steps up into the enclosure, and they provided a plastic chair for him to sit on, otherwise the best place to sit is down on the ground with the meerkats ...
will definitely be back to do this again one day ... so worth it

7. Briar Ridge Vineyard and Winery

593 Mount View Rd, Mount View, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia +61 2 4990 3670
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Briar Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Briar Ridge Vineyard is a 5 star winery nestled in the Mount View region of the Hunter Valley, a well renowned viticultural area. Originally owned by Murray Robson, the vineyards were first planted in 1974, and known as the 'Squire Vineyard'. This Iconic Hunter Vineyard was purchased in 1988 by Dr John Davis which makes up one third of his vineyard resources located throughout Australia which also includes Orange in Central NSW and Wrattonbully on the Limestone Coast. We are one of the leading producers of iconic Hunter Valley wines and have been awarded numerous accolades on both the National and International Wine Show Circuit. This is reinforced by our 5 star rating awarded by Australia's renowned wine critic James Halliday for 3 consecutive years running 2012, 2013 & 2014. Our Cellar Door is located two and half hours north of Sydney and is open 7 days a week. Offering the full spectrum of wine tasting and sales, we are recognised for our long history in the region and our well established wine club (find out more here). We have recently appointmented Gwyn Olsen as our new Chief Winemaker, a rising star of the wine industry. Gwyn studied Oenology at Roseworthy University in Adelaide, graduating in 2005, completing her first vintage in France, with a further six in New Zealand, and three in the Hunter Valley. She has recently joined an elite group of winemakers after being named DUX of the Australian Wine Research Institute, Advanced Wine Assessment Course 2012. Gwyn also joins the talents of Living Legend 'Karl Stockhausen', a winemaker with over 50 years of experience in producing iconic Hunter Valley wines. We take huge in acknowledging Karl's success by showcasing a range under our brand which typify traditional Hunter Styles; the Karl Stockhausen Signature range includes styles such as Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. In 2007, Karl was officially made a 'Living Legend' one of the six inaugural recipients of the Hunter Living Legends Awards. Briar Ridge is primarily a Cellar Door and online operation, although our wines are distributed to key independent retail outlets as well as on premise venues across NSW.

Reviewed By CDPort - Sydney, Australia

We (4 of us) started the day of tasting here in a lovely setting. As we were the only ones at the vineyard the young man started pouring wines that were not on the tasting list as they had "already been opened". We of course tried what was offered and at no time was there mentioned there would be a charge. He did mention after the tasting that there is "normally a charge " for some of these wines. I purchased a bottle and my friends didn't like any they tasted enough to buy a bottle. As we were leaving the young man "turned" on my friend saying in a very aggressive & loud tone (& in front of people who had arrived by then) "you're leaving without a bottle & I didn't even charge you the tasting fee". It was a very hard sell that made the experience a very poor one. I am a friend of Briar Ridge & have been there many times taking many friends, but was embarrassed by the treatment that was directed at my friend. It was such a shame, and such poor public relations/marketing.

8. The Vintage Golf Club

Vintage Drive, Rothbury, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia +61 2 4998 6789
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4 based on 133 reviews

The Vintage Golf Club

The Vintage Golf Club features an 18-hole Greg Norman designed golf course which has been ranked among the best in Australia. The 18-hole course measures 6,310 metres with a par of 71 and is the only Greg Norman designed public access golf course in the Hunter Valley and NSW.The fully serviced driving range is open seven days a week. Practice putting green is located near the Golf Shop and the practice chipping holes are located near the driving range. Leading brand golf clubs are available for hire. Golf Lessons including ladies and children's are also available at The Vintage.We have specially tailored packages for everyone whether you are teeing off for the day or after a golf getaway or corporate occasion.

Reviewed By Amacdog

The golf was great. Fun course - challenging but also with a little room to move. Can't really remember hitting the same shot twice, which is the mark of a good game. Big greens make scoring tough.
The 19th hole was nothing spectacular.
Will definitely be back for the golf. Loved it.

9. Gartelmann Wines

701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Cessnock, New South Wales 2321, Australia +61 2 4930 7113
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Gartelmann Wines

Gartelmann Wines is a boutique winery set in the heart of the beautiful Lovedale area in Australia’s Hunter Valley. Founded in 1996 by Jorg and Jan Gartelmann, we specialize in hand crafted wines sourced from the best sites in regional New South Wales. Come and enjoy some of our medal-winning wines; Our 2013 Benjamin Semillon recently won a Gold Medal at the 2013 Cowra Wine Show.

Reviewed By Jeanette N - Brisbane, Australia

checked this lovely winery out on a recent over night stay in the Pokolbin area. Lovely setting for a meal and glass of wine while relaxing over looking the small lake. After lunch wander up for a tasting of some delightful wines. We came away with a dozen mixed. A must on a visit to the Hunter Valley.

10. Waverley Estate

207 Palmers Lane | Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia +61 2 4998 6750
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5 based on 214 reviews

Waverley Estate

Waverley Estate is the only Aged Wine Specialist in the Hunter Valley. The philosophy of the estate is to achieve low yields of fruit which create intensely flavored grapes attaining high quality but small quantity. Waverley offers award winning Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling and an amazing Vintage Port. No day in the Hunter is complete without stopping by Waverley where you will witness first hand aged Hunter wines and history blended together.

Reviewed By Buselli2014 - Montesson, France

We went in family to taste Australian wines. Very friendly welcome. Vip experience. Beautiful place with exotic birds and kangaroos. Good wine. The best in town

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