The Hunter Valley is known as ‘wine country’, but it’s also renowned for another major attraction, of the floral variety- the Hunter Valley Gardens.
It took over forty gardeners more than four years to create the gardens- one of the biggest show gardens in the country. Today, visitors can wander the over eight kilometers of walking paths, winding through fourteen hectares, and featuring over a million plants. Highlights include the Oriental Garden- featuring i fluences from Japan, China and Korea- and a favourite of the children- the Storybook Garden which features sculptures of all your favorite storybook characters!
The Hunter Valley Gardens also host some fantastic themed-events throughout the year. When the events come to life, so do the amusement rides which includes a carousel, slides and a ferris wheel which provides another great vantage, out over the gardens.
For those who love to shop, the shopping village is a sweet lover’s treat with shops including the Hunter Valley Chocolate company, Cupcake Espresso for those who love cupcakes, and the British Lolly Shop which sells the best British sweets, crisps, biscuits and more!
One of the best things about a visit to the gardens is that you can also stay onsite. The Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens features a stylish range of accommodation options, from studios, to suites, and family rooms with space for the whole gang. If you prefer an apartment, there are two and three bedroom apartments available at Harrigans. Harrigans is also a much-loved and long term fixture on the Hunter Valley pub dining scene. A recent renovation has created a lovely, outdoor dining space, and a modern bar to match. The menu here is a mix of Modern Australian dishes, and classic pub favourites, including Harrogans signature Guinness Pie.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Hunter Valley Gardens
(02) 4998 4000
Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens
(02) 4998 2000
Harrigan’s Hunter Valley
(02) 4998 4300
Hunter Valley Gardens Shopping Village
(02) 4998 4000