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This rural village in the heart of the Hunter Valley offers wine tours, family-friendly gardens and farm visits against the backdrop of the Brokenback Mountains.

Pokolbin is a rural area north of the city of Cessnock and has been the central village of the Hunter Valley’s wine industry for nearly two centuries. The region is famous for its local produce so be sure to include visits to the area’s vineyards, breweries, olive farms and cheese factories. After a day outdoors, dine in quality restaurants to sample some of the best food in the area.

Pokolbin is a popular destination for those seeking a rural holiday experience within driving distance of Australia’s big cities on the east coast. Local accommodation options range from charming bed and breakfast rooms and luxury resorts with pools, to cabins in vineyards.

There is a championship golf course for sporty visitors while art lovers will enjoy the landscape paintings and sculptures in the local galleries.

Of course, the Hunter Valley is most popular because of its quality Australian wine. This is the birthplace of the nation’s wine industry and nowadays Pokolbin is surrounded by more than a dozen quality wineries and vineyards.

Visit boutique vineyards, like Saddler’s Creek or Mistletoe, or larger export wineries like Pepper Tree. Because nearly all cellar doors are in a rural setting, the area is best explored by car. You can pick up a map and brochures at the tourist information centre on the road to Cessnock to find out which wineries and farms suit your interests. For a fun and informative gourmet experience with a group and chauffeur, join the winery and lunch tours leaving from Sydney, Newcastle or Cessnock.

While in Pokolbin, don’t miss the Hunter Valley Gardens in the centre of town. Walk through the tranquil gardens and have lunch or a beer in the Irish pub. Let the children roam free in the Storybook Garden, where they can come face-to-face with world-famous nursery rhyme characters and listen to their stories.

Pokolbin is located 11 kilometres (7 miles) north of Cessnock and can be reached by car or bus. Rover Coaches has a regular bus service that connects the two towns.

Top hotels in Pokolbin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$182 per night

Situated in a rural location, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, Brokenwood Wines and Tempus ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,587 reviews)

"Great location. Apartments are spaced throughout the property, some are a decent walk to the main reception / restaurant etc. The two bedroom apartment was a great size, beds are comfortable. The walls are thin though, take earplugs as you can hear the plumping easily through the walls! Good breakfast, ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2020

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
4.5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$343 per night

Situated in the historical district, this luxury resort is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bimbadgen Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Moorebank Vineyard and Lucy's Run. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (974 reviews)

"We had a fantastic time at Chateau Elan, they have great Covid processes in place and we felt safe whist we were there, even though every space in the car park was occupied, they were clearly very busy but we hardly saw that many people around, it still felt secluded and peaceful. Lovely staff, everyone ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2020

Chateau Elan
Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
3.5 out of 5
485 McDonalds Road, Corner of Broke Rd and McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$124 per night

Located in the heart of Pokolbin, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Roche Estate, Hope Estate and Hunter Valley Gardens. Tempus Two Winery and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"Breakfast in the restaurant was excellent. Property was well placed for my day to day activities."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2020

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill

Popular places to visit in Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Gardens
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Hunter Valley Gardens

4.5/5(308 reviews)

Spend a relaxing morning or afternoon walking and playing, or have a leisurely lunch, in these family-friendly gardens.

Audrey Wilkinson Winery
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Audrey Wilkinson Winery

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Over 150 years of heritage, and the story of a boy named Audrey, makes this winery a fascinating historical attraction.

PepperTree Wines
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PepperTree Wines

4.5/5(56 reviews)

Enjoy a sensory and educational experience at one of the most respected winemakers in the Hunter Valley.

Top activities in Pokolbin

Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Uncork the Hunter Full Day Wine Experience
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Uncork the Hunter Full Day Wine Experience

Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight

Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Pokolbin


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 57.926829268292686%
4 - Good
4 - Good 39.43089430894309%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 2.2357723577235773%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 0.4065040650406504%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Mar. 2020

Love the place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb. 2020

Great place to spend the weekend

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb. 2020

Pokolbin is such a special place. Great restaurants outstanding service and friendly faces at every vineyard we visited

5/5 - Excellent


3 Feb. 2020

Great variety of wineries. Even the organic wines in close proxitmity

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan. 2020

It was ok. I thought dining options were limited.

5/5 - Excellent


27 Jan. 2020

Always quiet, the perfect place to rest

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