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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.

Chateau Elan
Chateau Elan
5 out of 5
Vintage Drive, Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$184 per night from 27 Apr. to 28 Apr.
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! (961 reviews)
"Beautiful room large Large bathroom you can dance in very clean and comfortable and"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 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 10 May to 11 May
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! (1,664 reviews)
"The setting is lovely From the room looking out feel like a country weekender rather than a big resort"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2021

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation
Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation
4 out of 5
2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, NSW
The price is AU$141 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Situated in a rural location, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tempus Two Winery and Hunter Valley Gardens. Hope Estate is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.3/5Excellent! (870 reviews)
"The staff were all friendly and helpful, obviously enjoying their work. We liked the 3 dr apartment-modern with plenty of space plus a capsule coffee machine for the mandatory morning fix. The complex in Pololbin is fairly central to the local wineries & close to the Hunter Valley Gardens. The on-site ..."

Reviewed on 3 Apr. 2021

Harrigan's Irish Pub & Accommodation
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.
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 10 May to 11 May
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! (1,664 reviews)
"The setting is lovely From the room looking out feel like a country weekender rather than a big resort"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2021

Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort
Wine Country Villas
Wine Country Villas
4 out of 5
136 Thompsons Road, Pokolbin, NSW
Situated in Pokolbin, this golf cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tamburlaine Organic Wines and Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club. Brokenwood Wines and Tyrrell's ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (115 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Nice views with great kitchen and bathrooms."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Wine Country Villas
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$279 per night from 5 May to 6 May
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! (333 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with great location. Enjoyed our stay there. Thanks to the golf club and our coach Richard, we had a great golf experience there during our stay. Everyone there was very nice to us. Definitely we'll be back. Thank you!"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

Grand Mercure Apartments The Vintage 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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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

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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