Other Places to Travel and Stay Beyond the Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley is known for its wine, restaurants, scenic vineyards, and rustic national parks. If you have explored everything there is to see in in the region, there is no reason why you should not go and see other interesting places beyond Hunter Valley.
Here are some of the best places to visit beyond Australia’s wine region.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is a World Heritage-listed national park in the Northern Tablelands region. As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, this national park should certainly be part of your travel itinerary. One day is not enough to experience and enjoy what this park can offer. Spend several days in the park and be mesmerised by the rustic wilderness, rivers, gorges, woodlands and waterfalls. Enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, paddling and cycling.
The breathtaking Wollomombi Falls is located on the Wollomombi River in the New England region. One of the highest waterfalls in Australia, Wollomombi Falls is a spectacular place to visit and hike. You can enjoy a view of the magnificent river by walking the Wollomombi walking trail. After hiking, you can relax and enjoy the scenery and stay in the nearby campgrounds and picnic area.
New England National Park
The New England National Park, also part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is another scenic destination for nature lovers. You can hike on the walking trail with your family and friends and enjoy a view of the Gondwana rainforests. Located at the national park is Point Lookout, a destination at the edge of the Great Escarpment. Point Lookout is a perfect place where you can relax, have a picnic and enjoy the cool climate while sightseeing.
Armidale Pine Forest
If you want a break from the usual adventure that national parks have to offer, then visit the Armidale pine forest. The Armidale Pine Forest is a great place to explore if you want a more laid back interaction with nature. Enjoy a serene walk or bike ride while enjoying the beautiful view of native and exotic trees.
New England Regional Art Museum
After your nature adventure, immerse yourself in the arts by visiting the New England Regional Art Museum, a public regional gallery in Armidale. The museum features significant collections such as The Howard Hinton Collection of Australian art from the 1880s to the 1940s, The Chandler Coventry Collection of Australian art from the 1960s and 1970s, The NERAM Collection of Australian art from the Twentieth century to the present day, The Armidale City Collection, and The Museum of Printing collection including the F.T. Wimble & Co. A collection of printing type and equipment. These collections give an overview of Australian art history and showcase works from important Australian artists. If you want to have a glimpse of authentic Australian art, this is definitely a place worth visiting.
Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
Another place to visit if you want to familiarise yourself with Australian aboriginal art is the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. Their art gallery features different collections from various local Australian artists. The four collections you can visit in the museum are the Artefact, Painting and Photographic Collections, and the Green Valley Collection.
Make sure to book your NSW accommodation in advance!
Places around and beyond Hunter Valley are popular to tourists. It’s not surprising that many places to stay are jam-packed during high season. So, it’s best to book as soon as you’re planning your trip.
If you are thinking of visiting Armidale, one place we suggest is Club Motel Armidale. With its central location, you can access all the attractions and sights easily from the motel. It is a clean and comfortable place to stay in after a long and tiring day of exploration and sightseeing. You can relax in their spacious rooms which are complete with all the amenities you need.
Plan your next trip to the beautiful and rustic sites beyond Hunter Valley!