Fruit Picking Hunter Valley. This town in New South Wales is located in the Hunter River Basin some 150 kms to the North of Sydney and is also the home to a large wine industry. This wine industry attracts fruit pickers due to the amount of work in the area picking grapes.
The Hunter Valley stretches from the Goulburn River and Wollemi National Park to the South right up to Barrington Tops National Park to the North. This region is one of the oldest and most famous wine regions in Australia, boasting many of the large names in wine, including Lindeman’s Wine, Tyrell’s Vineyards and Wyndham Estate.
Fruit Picking Hunter Valley. When should you go there?
- January to March: picking grapes
- March to June: picking olives
- June to September: pruning vines
Hunter Valley how to get there?
By road from Sydney proceed North from the CBD via Harbour Bridge or tunnel. Follow the signs ’Newcastle and North Coast’ onto the Pacific Highway, exiting to National One at Waitara. Leave National One at exit sign posted ’Cessnock and Hunter Valley Vineyards’, approximately 105 kms from the Harbour Bridge and follow the signs to Cessnock. Daily flights to Newcastle are available from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and some regional centres. Rail services also operate on a daily basis from Sydney through Broadmeadow (Newcastle), Maitland and Singleton. Buses operate daily from Sydney direct to the Hunter Valley.
Fruit Picking Hunter Valley. Where to stay?
There is a wide choice of hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, caravan and cabin parks, B&Bs and farmstays.
Hunter Valley YHA is a Hostel located in Cessnock. Just 400 metres from Potters Brewery, Hunter Valley YHA offers free WiFi, an outdoor pool, BBQ facilities and free on-site parking. It is 5 minutes' drive from the Hunter Valley Zoo, and 10 minutes' from Hunter Valley Gardens.