250,000 annuals, 6000 trees, 500,000 shrubs and 35,000 rose bushes spread across 12 hectares in Australia’s largest show gardens. At the Hunter Valley Gardens you will find ten themed gardens with over eight kilometres of pathways to explore. The Japanese, Indian and Formal gardens are simply gorgeous, while the Storybook Garden will delight kids and adults with life size recreations of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. A Ferris wheel, carousal and other rides open at special events throughout the year.
Length of Trip : Half day
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Best time to go : Open 7 days a week from 9 am – 5 pm, except Christmas Day
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
There are various dining options attached to the gardens.
Official Site :
Hunter Valley Gardens
Where to Stay :
We recommend staying at the fabulous Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort when visiting the Hunter Valley, conveniently located close to the Hunter Valley Gardens. https://www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-cypress-lakes-resort
Getting There :
By Road: An easy 2-hour drive North of Sydney via the M1, turning off at the Cessnock/Vineyards Exit, following the signs through to Cessnock and then on to Pokolbin.
By Air: Newcastle Airport is a 50-minute drive from the Gardens
Note from Robin :
Hop on board the 35 minute introductory train ride, which takes you through the various theme gardens and explains the history. The Storybook garden is delightful for kids. There are ten themed gardens with over eight kilometres of pathways, all built over four years by a team of forty landscape architects and gardeners.