The Hunter Valley is the perfect place to explore country byways, put up your feet and indulge in fine food and wine. Scenic drives past endless rows of gnarly vines are a given, so are sweeping views of lush farmland with grazing cattle and mobs of kangaroos, and sundowners as the sun sets behind the rugged Brokenback Range.
Proceeding north on the New England Hwy after the Hunter River crossing Bridge, turn right at the traffic lights onto Bridgman Road. Travelling 34 km to Lake St Clair, you will be treated to an epic view of the Lake, undulating hills and pastoral farmland. Take a stroll across the Glennies Creek Dam wall, or enjoy a picnic lunch and a leisurely lunch around the reserve.
Drive along Queen St over the Redbournberry Bridge and along Gresford Rd, turn left onto Mirannie Rd. Approximately 12 km along Mirannie Rd you will find an Alpaca Farm on the left hand side.
Retrace your steps back to Gresford Rd and turn left, travel to a T-junction and turn right into Elderslie Rd which takes you through to the New England Hwy at Branxton - turn right to return to Singleton. When back in Singleton why not have lunch at one of our traditional country pubs.
Drive along John St over the rail bridge and onto the Putty Rd and turn right onto Golden Hwy; here you will see coal mines to your right and left as you follow the road to the picturesque village of Jerry's Plains. Just past Jerry's Plains on the Golden Hwy is 'Coolmore', a thoroughbred horse stud. Retrace your steps back through Jerry's Plains, and travel approximately 4km then turn left onto Lemington Rd. Travel a further 9km then turn right into the public view point for Hunter Valley Operations. Here you can observe the mining operations, see the coal washery and massive trucks dumping coal. Continue driving along the road to the New England Hwy at Ravensworth. Turn right to travel back to Singleton.
TOURIST DRIVE 33
Planning a visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country and hoping to take the road less travelled? Why not enjoy a scenic drive on Tourist Drive 33, along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, and through the beautiful NSW countryside. Tourist Drive 33 is the scenic gateway to the spectacular Hunter Valley stretching from the Peats Ridge exit on the M1 near Sydney, to Branxton in the heart of wine country along the historic Great North Road.
The map is available for download here.