Set in the historic district of Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Gardens is nestled amongst the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges in the heart of the Hunter vineyards.
60 acres of magnificent gardens, with 10 theme gardens; Formal, Indian Mosaic, Rose, Italian Grotto with the statue of St Francis of Assisi (patron saint of birds and animals), Border Garden, waterfall in the Sunken Garden, the elegant Oriental Garden and the kids favourite - Storybook Garden.
60 acres, amidst superb gardens and aged vineyards, the Hunter Valley Gardens village offers award-winning restaurants, an Irish Pub, Roche Wines and a boutique shopping village. Join our knowledgeable horticultural staff for an interactive discussion on the plants, history and style of each Garden and see the beautiful wedding Chapel. Also located on the property is Harrigan's Irish Pub, the place to be - with live music and on ...read more
I really liked the village shops feel to this place. It is really sweet and quaint but always bustling with activity as it is a main attraction in the Hunter Valley. There are a lot of things to see such as the beautiful gardens, the british lolly shop, the garden cellars and the hunter valley chocolate company. You can spend quite a bit of time here just getting lost in the little shops and gardens. A really sweet area.
Having whisked away to the Hunter Valley for our anniversary, we spent one of our days at the Hunter Valley Gardens during the Food & Wine Festival. The gardens are spectacular on their own with various themes such as the popular Rose Garden, The Oriental Garden or The Sunken Garden featuring a gorgeous waterfall. You can really get lost in the tranquility of the place & whilst I haven't been to one, I can imagine holding a wedding ceremony here would deliver a lifetime of memories & amazing photos. There are ample places to throw down a picnic rug & enjoy a picnic or a good book, take a peaceful stroll through all the various displays or set up the family in one of gazebos. They offer kids activities throughout the school holiday, a shopping village for the shopaholics or festivals throughout the year where you can try the wines & cheese of the valley in one place. Highly recommend a stopover if staying in the Hunter Valley & just want some timeout.
Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours or so in the Hunter, and half price available to guests at the Mercure, otherwise $25 p/p is a little steep.
The different themes (Japanese, Italian Grotto, Storybook, Rose etc) are well laid out and good for photo ops.
My daughter as a young teen was pretty bored and couldn't wait to leave. The heat that day was oppressive so worth bringing a hat and bottle of water!
Probably best out of the heat of the day and when a show or special display (Xmas lights etc) is on offer. And bring your walking shoes.
Cafe and gift shop also on site.