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Pokolbin
Travel Guide

New South Wales featuring landscape views and farmland

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.

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$150 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
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! (965 reviews)
"It covered all our requirements for our short stay."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill
Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$184 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
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. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Stunning view out of very comfortable room, spacious and a good mattress. Would be lovely if balcony did not have a solid wall so view would be expansive even sitting inside room"

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2021

Chateau Elan
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
4 out of 5
15 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$204 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,684 reviews)
"This is my 2nd time staying at Cypress Lakes in 6 months. We spent a lot of time relaxing, eating and talking on the verandah. The pool area is wonderful, especially the big outdoor spa! A fabulous mid week, well priced get away each time. We will be back!"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2021

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
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H Boutique Hotel
H Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
770 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$189 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (410 reviews)
"Gas heater, kitchenette"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

H Boutique Hotel
Grand Mercure Apartments The Vintage Hunter Valley
Grand Mercure Apartments The Vintage Hunter Valley
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Vintage Road & McDonalds Drive, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$249 per night from 21 Jul. to 21 Jul.
Situated in a rural location, this luxury aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bimbadgen Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Moorebank Vineyard and Lucy's Run. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (340 reviews)
"We enjoyed the quietness and gas fire place. Definitely be staying here again."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Grand Mercure Apartments The Vintage Hunter Valley
Unlax @ Hunter Valley
Unlax @ Hunter Valley
4 out of 5
47 Coulson Road, Pokolbin, NSW
Situated in a rural location, this villa is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Bimbadgen Estate, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Roche Estate and Keith Tulloch Wine. Hunter Valley ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (102 reviews)
Lovely weekend at the wineries!
"My husband and I had an absolutely lovely stay at Unlax. Such a peaceful setting, small number of cabins, kangaroos wandering into view of an evening and the birdlife was lovely too. Hospitality inside the cabins was the best I have ever experienced. Very generous meal provisions provided - more ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Unlax @ Hunter Valley
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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