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Fast Facts in Hunter Valley

Whilst Hunter Valley Wine Country is famous for its great wines, there are also a number of other activities to discover and enjoy. From beautiful art galleries, gardens, bicycle tours & hot air ballooning, there are a myriad of things to do.


The climate in the Hunter Valley is moderate, similar to a Mediterranean climate. In summer the average daily temperature exceeds 21.1C and in winter the average minimum temperature is 4.4C. January is the hottest month and July the coldest. The heaviest rainfalls are in summer, with a secondary peak just before winter with an average annual rainfall of 750mm.

Distance from airport to city centre:

66km (Newcastle Airport)

Time Zone:

Summer Time GMT plus 11 hours (October to March)
Winter Time GMT plus 10 hours (March to October)

Daylight Hours:

Summer: Sunrise approx. 0530-0600 Sunset approx. 1930-2000
Winter: Sunrise approx. 0700 Sunset approx. 1700-1730


Australian Dollar (A$) = 100 cents
All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia. Visit the Universal Currency Converter

Shopping opening hours:

General opening hours are:
Monday to Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 0900 to 1800
Thursday 0900 to 2100
Sunday 1100 to 1700


General opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday 0930 to 1600
Friday 0930 to 1700
Saturday Some banks are open in the morning
Sunday Closed
Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) are available at many places, offering 24-hour banking.

Useful phone numbers:

Emergency/Ambulance/Police 000


It is common to tip at a restaurant to show your appreciation for the food or service. For taxis, tipping up to the nearest dollar is also occasionally practised.

Public holidays:

  • New Year’s Day 1 Jan
  • Australia Day 26 Jan
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Anzac Day 25 April
  • Queen’s Birthday
  • Labour Day Oct
  • Christmas Day 25 Dec
  • Boxing Day 26 Dec


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Must-Do Attractions:

  • Wineries and Cellar Doors
  • The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory
  • Hunter Valley Gardens
  • Tempus Two Winery
  • Lavender Gate Farm
  • Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club

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Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
Work Corner Broke and McDonalds Roads
Pokolbin NSW 2320

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is a picturesque retreat set on 25 acres of tranquillity in the heart of the Hunter Valley Wine Country. With many cellar doors and attractions such as Hunter Valley Gardens within easy strolling distance, Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill is the unbeatable location to base yourself.

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Toll Free Reservations: Toll Free 1800 136 922
Tel: Work +61 (0)2 4998 7000
Fax: Fax +61 (0)2 4998 7011

“Nice tidy room great location”

ColinCox53 - via Tripadvisor

We stayed at this property back in September last year for a night. It is in the perfect location for visiting the wineries and The Gardens. The room was very comfortable and the grounds are really nice. Breakfast in the restaurant in the morning was a little slow to come, but the food was good.

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