About 150 kilometres north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia's most exciting event destinations. With more than 150 wineries and award-winning restaurants, the Hunter Valley offers a perfect blend of serene landscape, fine wines, first-class accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and unique offsite venues.
Getting to the beautiful Hunter Valley has never been so easy. The place can be reached by daily train services from Sydney's Central Station to the Hunter towns of Maitland, Newcastle, or Singleton. For those who wish to explore the spellbinding Australian landscape, an easy, relaxing drive by car on the F3 freeway is the right option. Delegates can also fly to the Hunter Valley from Sydney to Newcastle Airport, where a car can also be hired.
Among the largest meeting venues in the Hunter Valley is the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Conference and Events Centre. It is the largest conference venue, which combines 2,000 square metres of pre-function, meeting, and exhibition space catering up to 1,600 guests. Located on Wine Country Drive, the venue also offers versatile function rooms for a variety of events that can accommodate up to 400 guests, along with outdoor spaces that can host up to 1,000 guests. The venue is the proud winner of a number of business event awards including the 2015 AHA Award for Best Meeting and Event Venue.
For visitors who want to experience the Hunter Valley in one place, the Hunter Valley Resort provides a complete wine country experience. Located on 70 secluded acres and nestled within 40-year-old vineyards, the venue has seven meeting rooms, a hermitage function centre, restaurants, the valley's largest vinery, wine tasting cellars, and more. Other conference venues in the valley include Estate Tuscany, Hunter Valley Hotel Academy, Cypress Lakes Resort, and Chateau Elan at the Vintage Hunter Valley. Estate Tuscany, formerly known as the Tuscany Wine Estate Resort, is set on 26 acres and is a 38-room boutique hotel. Close to many local attractions, the property offers enough outdoor spaces for team building and recreational activities. Chateau Elan is Australia's finest golf, spa, and conference resort, offering six conference venues total. The hotel can cater to groups from 10 to 330 and has 20 luxury spa suites and 80 villa rooms.
The Hunter Valley is not only home to a great range of accommodations and conference facilities, but the area also has a fantastic range of function venues, offsite dinner options, wineries suitable for groups, and incentive facilities. Hope Estate, located in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley, is set on 420 acres of rolling countryside and picturesque vineyards. Along with breath-taking views, the place offers six indoor function areas that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The venue is unique with unmatched elegance, ambiance, and history. Set on 18 acres of stunning vineyards, the Barrel Room at Roche Estate is another ideal location for special events and is located in the heart of the vineyards.
Visitors can also indulge in a range of activities from grape stomping or barrel rolling to learning and leisure through cooking and wine blending. Delegates can also enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing, and water skiing on Lake St. Clair located in the World Heritage Listed Park – Mt Royal National Park. The park is located adjacent to the Barrington Tops National Park and offers a rustic, bushland environment for camping and picnic spots.