A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Pokolbin

Category: population over 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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Exceptional heritage with modern innovative twists awaits in Pokolbin, a gorgeous town in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Nestled at the foot of the Brokenback Mountain range, with a history dating back to the early 1800s when the first grapes were planted, the Pokolbin area of the Hunter Valley is the oldest continuous wine region in Australia. 

You will find some of Australia’s most well-known labels here including Tyrrell’s, Mount Pleasant Wines and McGuigan producing award-winning examples of the acclaimed Hunter Valley wines styles of Shiraz, Semillon, Verdelho and Chardonnay. Visit the cellar doors yourself or join one of many guided tours. Explore the country roads and beautiful scenery by bike, horse carriage, segway; in a group or on a personalised tour. 

Hatted restaurants sit alongside cafes and casual fare to create a true foodie destination, committed to showcasing the produce of the region.  Every June, celebrate the finer things at the annual Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival. Curl up beside an open fire, warm yourself amongst outdoor firepits, enjoy hearty reds, and lazy lunches that roll into dinner, celebrated under the crisp winter open skies.

Pokolbin is the centre of concert activity, outside Sydney, and knows how to have a good time, whatever the season. From concerts, markets and intimate dinners to festival celebrations and exciting children’s entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.





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From five-star resort comfort to a cosy cabin with a fire, there is a place for everyone to rest their head after a day exploring Pokolbin. Picturesque landscapes, old world charm, sophisticated elegance and family friendly getaways, are all catered for at one of the many different types of accommodation.

If you're looking for something different, there are activities aplenty. To enjoy some of Pokolbin’s most stunning vistas, how about an early morning balloon flight over the vines? Pokolbin has several top golf courses and ways to relax at one of the resort spas.

The children do not need to miss out in Pokolbin. Soak in the unbridled joy of your children making friends with giant Clydesdales on a guided trail ride, stroll through the iconic Hunter Valley Gardens, or challenge the kids to a round of aqua golf or putt putt. Junior foodies will not be disappointed with junior tasting experiences at cellar doors.

Nows The Time


  • Wine tasting at iconic Hunter Valley cellar doors, a cleansing ale at a craft brewery and discovering new spirits at local distilleries.
  • Teeing off at one of the spectacular championship golf courses.
  • Feasting on fabulous food – from ‘hatted’ restaurants to relaxed outdoor cafes and bakery delights.
  • Making memories with friends at one of the many events, concerts or markets.
  • Restoring your work/life balance with a little TLC at one of the health and day spas or chilling out with yoga overlooking the vines.

Pokolbin is a two-hour drive from Sydney and 50min west of Newcastle Airport connecting to Regional NSW, Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand. 

Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Four days in Pokolbin

Exceptional heritage with modern innovative twists awaits in Pokolbin, a gorgeous town in the heart of the beautiful Hunter Valley.

Pokolbin can be just as enjoyable for the children and teenagers, as it is the adults. Whether you're looking to keep the children busy with adventure, action, excitement or relaxation, we've got you covered.

When to go: Attractions are open all year, with many open 7 days a week.



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