NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Broke

Tiny Town: population under 1,500 residents

09:00 Weds 13 April - till - 17:00 Weds 27 April.
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Quintessential Hunter Valley with a modern country charm twist

One of the Hunter Valley’s many hidden treasures, Broke is nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Range and is just a two-hour drive from Sydney via the road less travelled, the Tourist Drive 33 scenic route.

Travelling into this special pocket of the valley, you will immediately find yourself succumbing to a pace of leisure relaxation.  This secluded, country charmed sub-region of Wine Country boasts expanding grasslands, striking views and historical vines spanning across the land.

A small but significant village deeply-rooted in steep history; Broke Village was established in 1824 and was a vital stop on the old convict trail from Sydney to haul livestock. Shortly after, it was discovered that the region’s soil and climate were well-suited to grow wine varietals and vines budding with many classic Hunter grape varieties such as Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz slowly made their mark in the village. Now home to 17 cellar doors, award winning restaurants and the Hunter Valley’s largest organic winery, Broke is the place to experience the good life.





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Unearth the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail which immerses you in a journey of gastronomical discovery to some of the Hunter Valley’s best kept secrets, from trophy-winning wines and delicious local cuisines to idyllic accommodation.

Dine in style at Broke Fordwich’s hatted restaurant, Margan Wines & Restaurant. Take a look behind the scenes from paddock to plate with the ultimate foodie experience followed by a degustation meal. Local produce is aplenty with many wineries offering food accompaniments with their exclusive experiences or at on-site restaurants and cafes.

Take a moment to unwind and escape reality; from boutique fireside accommodation for that romantic mid-week getaway, to luxurious group housing that feels like a home away from home, Broke is the spot for you to let everything go and slow down.

Whatever the occasion there’s something for everyone. Join in with this tight-knit community who hold a strong passion for their village at their regular food and wine events, from monthly markets to signature events such as A Little Bit of Italy; Smoke in Broke; and Broke Village Fair.

There’s so much to see and do in Broke Fordwich, from history and heritage to arts and culture, food and wine experiences and country charm. Broke Fordwich; the ultimate country escape on the road less travelled to explore, savour and unwind.

Top 5 things to do

  • Experience the Broke Fordwich Wine Trail and discover some of the Hunter Valley’s best cellar doors and restaurants.
  • Meet the makers, go behind the scenes at a vineyard, winery, olive grove or restaurant and gain exclusive insights into the journey of a grape, from vineyard to glass, and the lifecycle of your meal, from farm to table.
  • Appreciate the arts with a visit to Winmark Wines Art Gallery & Sculpture Walk, engage in an Art & Sip class with Greenway Wines
  • Join in with the locals and make memories with friends at one of the signature events or monthly markets.
  • Take the scenic road less travelled on Tourist Drive 33 to get to Broke through the historic town of Wollombi.

Around every corner I’m finding a local carving out a way for themselves doing something inspiring. It must be all the fresh air!Strolling through town I pop in to see Kim Michelle Toft at Sea Silks Gallery who makes exquisite pieces painted on silk and is also the author and illustrator of children’s books with a marine life theme.

Kim’s lifelong love of the ocean and its inhabitants has served as an inspiration to create these illustrious silk masterpieces and her multi-award winning environmental books. I pick up a few special handmade souvenirs to gift to my niece and mum who I know will appreciate the turquoise tones and coastal creatures.


Two days in Broke

A taste of modern country charm, Broke Fordwich is waiting to welcome you to its stunning, peaceful pocket of the Hunter Valley.

Nestled in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, accessible via Tourist Drive 33, Broke Fordwich is home to some of the Hunter’s greatest vineyards and awe-inspiring scenery.

Take the road less traveled to the Hunter Valley’s hidden gem, with cellar doors, restaurants and accommodation aplenty, discover that something special that sets Broke Fordwich apart as the perfect destination for your special group getaway.


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