The Hunter Valley is an extremely popular tourist trail, but in the Lower Hunter lies a little-known village that oozes countless character and charm. Laguna’s high- street is a collection of historic old sheds which have been lovingly converted into shops and venues. The hub of Laguna is The Great Northern Trading Post, known to the locals as the ‘Laguna Wine Bar’. The face of this wonderful establishment is Rosa, who also runs her own in-house restaurant, Rosa’s Kitchen, offering delicious, hearty, home- cooked meals. Whether you seek a glass of quality Hunter vino, a home-cooked meal, live entertainment, or a taste of the fabulous local community spirit, this is where you’ll find it! If it’s art you seek, Gallery 33 features the works of local, and other artists. And for a curated selection of fashion, accessories and homewares, make sure you swing into Laguna Luxe.
One of the most worthwhile experiences you can have in this region is a visit to the Pigs Will Fly animal sanctuary. Run by animal-lover Debbie, and her partner Jamie, the sanctuary is home to over one hundred and fifty animals who have been nurtured back to life, and now thrive on this sprawling property. Debbie runs both public, and private, tours so you can meet and interact with this eclectic menagerie of wonderful creatures.
For a unique and special place to stay, head straight to Mystwood, in nearby Wollombi. This bush retreat has five, self-contained bush cabins offering serenity as well as many luxe touches including king-sized beds, premium linen, log fires, bathrobes and your own private outdoor spa. Should you be after a unique wedding venue, Mystwood is romance personified, with a stunning wedding marquee and outdoor altar and dancefloor.