Cessnock

Travel Guide
Hunter Valley showing a city and street scenes

The largest town in the Hunter Valley wine region is your gateway to all the best wineries in the region and a great place for a rural holiday.

Cessnock is known as the gateway to some of the best wineries in the country. The town’s restaurants and bars serve local produce and wines from the area. The colonial heritage buildings and rural surroundings are the other perfect ingredients for a relaxing holiday in the Australian countryside. Popular activities in the Cessnock area include skydiving, hot air ballooning and playing golf.

Cessnock, the largest town in the Lower Hunter Valley, was once a thriving mining town. Discover the history and creativity of the region at the town’s many cultural institutions, including the Marthaville Arts & Crafts Centre and the Cessnock Court House. Of course, most people come here for the gourmet food and drinks; many wineries and farms are within a short driving distance from the township.

Explore the Hunter Valley’s famous wine region by renting a car or joining a coach tour. Visit the wineries and cheese factories in Pokolbin and Mount View, and stop at cellar doors and farm gates to taste fresh local produce. Many have on-site restaurants and some offer behind-the-scenes tours.

Cessnock is surrounded by natural beauty, with the Brokenback Mountains visible from the town. Nearby Werakata National Park is great for bushwalking and mountain bike riding, so pack a picnic and enjoy a day outdoors.

Bring your binoculars because Cessnock is situated within the Hunter Valley Important Bird Area, and is home to many endangered species. See if you can spot a regent honeyeater or the colourful swift parrot.

To get a bird’s-eye view of it all yourself, glide over the town in a hot air balloon as the sun comes up, or sky dive above the wineries. Book these adventures through one of the operators in the township. The Cessnock golf club is near the town centre and welcomes visiting players.

Cessnock is just over 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Newcastle, in the Lower Hunter Valley wine region. Visitors from Sydney can reach the town by car in about two hours or book a seat on the Rover Coaches bus service.

Cumberland Motor Inn
Cumberland Motor Inn
3 out of 5
57-61 Cumberland St, Cessnock, NSW
The price is AU$94 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Situated in Cessnock, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Oaks Golf Course and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Potters Brewery. Werakata State Conservation Area and Saddlers ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (394 reviews)
"There was insufficient hot water in the shower. The hot water ran out part way through the first shower."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Cumberland Motor Inn
Wine Country Motor Inn
Wine Country Motor Inn
4 out of 5
5 Darwin Street, Cessnock, NSW
The price is AU$138 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in the heart of Cessnock, this motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Oaks Golf Course, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Saddlers Creek Wines and Potters Brewery. Hunter ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (498 reviews)
"Room was comfortable. Staff were very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Wine Country Motor Inn
Cessnock Motel
Cessnock Motel
4 out of 5
13 Allandale Road, Cessnock, NSW
The price is AU$110 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in the suburbs, this motel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Oaks Golf Course and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Potters Brewery. Werakata State Conservation Area and Saddlers ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (194 reviews)
"Good value motel and staff was kind. But not good sound proof, you can hear voice from next room clearly."

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2021

Cessnock Motel
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Cessnock Vineyards Family Holiday
Cessnock Vineyards Family Holiday
9 Lavender street, Cessnock, Cessnock, NSW
Located in the heart of Cessnock, this cottage is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Werakata State Conservation Area and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Potters Brewery. Werakata National ...
4/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
Excellent in every aspect
"In summary, this property is excellent in all aspects. The location is perfect, three minutes driving to Cessnock main shopping area, 10 minutes driving to Hunter Valley zoo, 10 minutes driving to Hunter Valley Gardens, cheese and chocolate factories. The home itself is very clean, everything you ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2021

Cessnock Vineyards Family Holiday
Apartment with View and Swimming Pool - FREE WiFi - Swimming Pool - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens Zoo
Apartment with View and Swimming Pool - FREE WiFi - Swimming Pool - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens Zoo
42 Burnett Street, Cessnock, NSW
Situated in Cessnock, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Oaks Golf Course and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Potters Brewery. Saddlers Creek Wines and Werakata ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
beautiful place for a family getaway kids loved the pool area
"beautiful clean home and beautiful view out the back the swimming pool is full size which was great room for everyone in the pool pool was beautiful clean"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Apartment with View and Swimming Pool - FREE WiFi - Swimming Pool - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens Zoo
Cessnock Cottage near Hunter Valley Vineyards - FREE Wifi - Pet Friendly - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens and Zoo
Cessnock Cottage near Hunter Valley Vineyards - FREE Wifi - Pet Friendly - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens and Zoo
86 Allandale Road, Cessnock, NSW
Situated in Cessnock, this cottage is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Potters Brewery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Oaks Golf Course and Werakata State Conservation Area. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Suited us perfectly
"Fantastic cottage that worked for us perfectly as a group of four adults. Had everything we needed, very clean and great location!"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Cessnock Cottage near Hunter Valley Vineyards - FREE Wifi - Pet Friendly - Wineries - Concerts - HV Gardens and Zoo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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