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PokolbinAustralia

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

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$219 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,627 reviews)

"Overall a beautiful property to stay at. Disappointed with the lower restaurant food for dinner and lunch, same menu. Breakfast below average and coffee shocking!! Other than that we did enjoy our stay."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$174 per night from 2 Nov. to 3 Nov.

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! (979 reviews)

"Great central location. So picturesc... almost surreal"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 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$145 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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

4.1/5Very Good! (978 reviews)

"The property was calming and had beautiful scenery. It was well set out."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2020

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
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.

Holiday Rentals in Pokolbin

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$219 per night from 23 Nov. to 24 Nov.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (1,627 reviews)

"Overall a beautiful property to stay at. Disappointed with the lower restaurant food for dinner and lunch, same menu. Breakfast below average and coffee shocking!! Other than that we did enjoy our stay."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
H Boutique Hotel
H Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
770 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$189 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bimbadgen Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hope Estate and Hunter Valley Gardens. Moorebank ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (330 reviews)

"Host Matt very friendly and helpful plenty of open space"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2020

H Boutique Hotel
Krinklewood Cottage and Train Carriages
Krinklewood Cottage and Train Carriages
3 out of 5
333 Palmers Lane, Pokolbin, NSW

Situated in Pokolbin, this cabin is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bimbadgen Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Hope Estate and Hunter Valley Gardens. Moorebank Vineyard ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)

"It was a great experience for me and my wife. It was very unique, cozy, going back in history as the train carriages are more than 100 years old. The host was very hospitable."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2020

Krinklewood Cottage and Train Carriages
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.

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 Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney
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Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney

AU$175
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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Hunter Valley Central Pokolbin Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

AU$68
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Fortified & Fromage Experience at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard
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Fortified & Fromage Experience at Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

AU$65
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Pokolbin

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 57.926829268292686%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.43089430894309%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 2.2357723577235773%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Maan

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

Omar

27 Jan. 2020

Always quiet, the perfect place to rest

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