Cycle the Hunter Valley
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Renowned for its magnificent vineyards framed by the Brokenback Ranges, the Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region and well known for its natural beauty, welcoming people and delicious wine. This cycling trip takes in the best of it at a pace set to enjoy the experience rather than get your heart racing. Unpack once in the historic town of Cessnock, then use your bike to meander through wine country along the Wine Eco Trail and the new ‘Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail’, delve into First Nations Wonnarua history at a nearby winery, and rediscover the joy of pedalling through one of the most gorgeous wine regions in the country.
Your Guided Holiday Includes:
- 2 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- Transport - Bicycle (e-bike available, subject to availability), Taxi
- Select activities including Broke Indigenous culture tour & wine tasting
Pricing is per person twin share and based on departure 12 March 2022
**Other departures available, a surcharge may apply
**Single traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details
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Why you'll love this trip:
- Unpack once and base yourself on a 4 star hotel in Cessnock, laid back gateway to the Hunter Valley, where a hot shower and comfy bed awaits you each night.
- Cycle the Wine Eco Trail which showcases half a dozen cellar doors along a 3 kilometre scenic tree-lined and nature-filled lane.
- Ride along small farm roads and tracks up to the Bimbadeen Lookout for panoramic views over the Hunter Valley .
- Cycle the new Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail, sampling stunning wines and fresh produce along the way.
- Experience a unique opportunity to learn about the oldest living culture on earth at nearby vineyard
Day 1 / Cessnock & the Eco Wine Trail
Welcome to Cessnock, the gateway to the Hunter Valley and your base for the entire trip. Your trip begins with a midday welcome meeting at our 4 star hotel with your guide and fellow travellers. After an introductory bike fit, enjoy an easy ride following the Wine Eco Trail with six boutique cellar doors in just three kilometres, a wonderful introduction to all the Hunter Valley has to offer. Enjoy your first wine tasting at one of the small family-owned wineries and perhaps a cheese platter before returning to your bike for the ride back to Cessnock past well-known wineries. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax or perhaps dine locally at one of the many nearby wineries. Your group leader will be happy to advise which restaurant to visit if you need help choosing.
Day 2 / Cycle Bimbadeen Lookout and Indigenous vineyard experience
After breakfast, stretch your legs on a shorter but more challenging ride as you head into the nearby foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, passing by rolling farmland on the tracks to Bimbadeen Lookout. While it’s an uphill ride, your efforts are rewarded with sweeping views over the Hunter Valley and the vineyards below. On a clear day you can see all the way to Newcastle's Stockton Beach. From here, it’s a cruisy 10 kilometre downhill ride back to your hotel in Cessnock for a quick shower and change before a transfer to the tiny ‘boutique village’ of Broke, known for some of the best boutique wineries, World Heritage wilderness and a strong connection to our First Nations people. While the setting is a beautiful vineyard the real highlight is hearing the story of the Wonnarua people, the traditional owners of this beautiful part of Australia. Spend time in the Cultural Centre or "Keeping Place" and listen to fascinating stories as well as visiting a foraging garden to learn and remember how the Wonnarua lived day to day. Finish the tour with a wine tasting (included) before taking the short transfer back to Cessnock where the evening is free to do as you please. To gain a deeper insight into genuine indigenous cuisine perhaps head out to dinner at the renowned Kawul Restaurant.
Day 3 / Cycle the ‘Around Hermitage’ Wine & Food Trail
Your biggest challenge today will be ensuring you don’t taste so much delicious wine that you can no longer safely ride your bike. Head back into wine country as you enjoy a leisurely cycle along the new Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail. This loop north of Palmers Lane contains the largest concentration of vineyards in the Hunter Valley (24 and counting) and what is arguably the best scenery the valley has to offer with vineyards forming a patchwork against the dark green backdrop of the Brokenback Mountains. A wine tasting at a small boutique winery is included, of course. This is also a great place to find and gather amazing local food – something each person will do so the group can enjoy a picnic lunch at the end of the ride. From here, all that’s left to do is park the bikes and settle back for the short vehicle transfer back to Cessnock, where your trip finishes on arrival.
* Conditions apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Booking and full supplier terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).
Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 16 December 2021 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Flights are not included. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.