As one of the oldest and most prestigious wine regions in Australia, Hunter Valley is a popular getaway for wine lovers and nature seekers alike, with the city attracting some 2.5 million people annually. It's also an area teeming with small-town shopping and dining and world-class golf resorts, all of which can be accessed from your Hunter Valley hotel.
Newcastle, the region's capital and largest city, is the perfect place to stay at cheap Hunter Valley hotels. Hunter and King Streets, just a short stroll from the city's popular wharf areas, are peppered with hotels at every price point. For those who would rather stay in the heart of the wine region, the town of Cessnock features several bed and breakfasts and simple, but clean, budget-friendly lodgings, specifically along Wine Country Drive and Vincent Street as well as in the nearby villages of Wollombi and Nulkaba.
Touring Wine Country
No vacation to this corner of southeastern Australia is complete without a comprehensive tour of the area's wineries, many of which can be arranged from your hotel in Hunter Valley. With 80 wineries to choose from—ranging from famous labels to very small boutique winemakers—the area is renowned for its full-bodied white wines and medium-weight reds. Just be sure to secure transportation back to your Hunter Valley hotel in case you sip a few too many glasses.