NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Tiny Town: population under 1,500 residents

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Find your tribe and take the road less travelled

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Yellow Rock escarpment, Broke-Fordwich is waiting to welcome you to unwind and reconnect to the simple life in its peaceful, secluded village. 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.

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 Hunter Valley Wine Country boasts expanding grasslands, striking views and historical vines spanning across the land




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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 without the hustle and bustle of Pokolbin and Cessnock.

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.

The Broke Fordwich Sub region can be found between the Upper Hunter Valley to the northwest and Pokolbin to the east. It geographic boundaries follow the catchment of Wollombi Brook (a tributary of the Hunter River), which flows from its source in the Brokenback Mountains/Great Dividing Range north through the towns of Broke and Fordwich. Vineyards were first planted here in the 1830’s and Broke Fordwich became an official Geographical Indication in 1997. The basis for the boundaries include its unique basalt- and iron-rich soil, the climate-calming effects of the Wollombi Brook, and the rain shadow provided by the Brokenback Mountain Range.

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 and community events, from monthly markets to signature events such as A Little Bit of Broke; Smoke in Broke; and Broke Village Fair.

Top 5 Must See and Do in Broke Fordwich: 

  • 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 or engage in an Art & Sip class at Greenway Wines. Looking to splurge on your loved ones, find local organic skincare products, Bare, produced sustainably in Broke.
  • 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 from Sydney on Tourist Drive 33 to get to Broke through the historic town of Wollombi. Tourist Drive 33 showcases gorgeous countryside and steps back in time as you meander through the convict stone walls, bridges and culverts still in use today.


Two days in Broke

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the yellow rock escarpment, Broke-Fordwich is waiting to welcome you to unwind and reconnect to the simple life in its peaceful, secluded village.

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