As soon as you say the words ‘I’m visiting the Hunter Valley’, most people assume you are going for the wine.
However, at the top of my to-do list on a recent visit was the amazing Hunter Valley Gardens. Located just over two hours’ drive from Sydney, and less than an hour from Newcastle, Australia’s largest display gardens are open all year round and offer a scented escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
You’ll need the best part of a day to do the Gardens justice. There are ten themed zones to explore, including the one most popular with kids (and big kids at heart) — the gorgeous Storybook Garden. This floral precinct is filled with the much-loved storybook characters that many of us grew up with, and younger visitors are only just getting to know.