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Why visit Rothbury

Located in the stunning Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Rothbury is an idyllic town that makes for a fantastic getaway for families, friends, or couples. Visit local wineries and relax amongst the endless green of the region.

What is the best time to visit Rothbury

The best time of year to visit Rothbury is from February to May, as the warmth of summer lingers in the air, but the temperature remains mild and pleasant. However, for anyone visiting the Hunter Valley Gardens, their Christmas Light Spectacular is a sight to behold, and it runs from November to mid-January each year.

Getting around Rothbury

The best way to get around Rothbury is via car or taxi. Set in the Hunter Valley, most of the attractions in Rothbury are separated by rows and rows of grapevines. For those who don't want to drive, there are plenty of local tours via bus to drive you to your destination. Plus, there are even options to hire bikes and ride around the Hunter Valley—perfect for anyone keen on taking in fresh air and exercise during their visit.

What to do in Rothbury

Like many towns in the Hunter Valley, the most popular thing to do in Rothbury is to visit the local wineries, but that's not all the region has to offer. There are many outdoor activities that let you make the most of the soft, green hills and fields as well as indoor activities in Rothbury for when you want to escape indoors.

Free things to do in Rothbury

Hikes and walks The Hunter Valley is home to many national parks and hiking trails. The Wollombi Brook nature trail is a relatively easy walk, and surrounds you with natural beauty. Within the Pokolbin State Forest lies easy-to-walk tracks and towering trees. With lush greenery wherever you look, there's bound to be a nature walk to entice you. Local art The Maitland Regional Art Galley is home to award-winning exhibitions and engaging events. With free general admission, the gallery makes for a great way to spend the day. For families with kids, there are often events and exhibitions on designed to engage younger visitors. The diverse collection is made up of over 7,000 works of art by Australian and international artists, making the gallery a must-visit for art lovers.

Fun things to do in Rothbury

Visit the wineries The Hunter Valley of NSW is home to many excellent vineyards with award-winning wines. The climate of the region makes it ideal for growing lighter white wines, such as Chardonnays and Verdelhos, as well as some softer red wines like delicate Shirazzes and Cabernet Sauvignons. Explore the Gardens Like we mentioned before, the Hunter Valley Gardens are a popular attraction for visitors to Rothbury. Stroll through cultivated, manicured gardens that each evoke a different atmosphere, from the Storybook Garden to the Italian Grotto. Hot air ballooning For those who want to take in views of the Hunter Valley, there's nothing that comes close to the experience of floating in the sky in a hot air balloon. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to your hot air balloon experience, with some even offering champagne breakfast to go with your sunrise views.

Where to eat & drink in Rothbury

The Legends Grill Expertly cooked and plated food, paired perfectly with local wines and wines from afar makes for a great evening meal. With views of the estate beyond the expanse of windows, the Legends Grill delivers a feast for all senses, whether you're stopping by for breakfast or dinner. Restaurant Cuvée Located at one of the region's most-loved wineries, Peterson House, Restaurant Cuvée boasts an impressive collection of wine and a menu designed to complement every drop. Embodying their motto, "Life's flat without bubbles", their specialty is sparkling wine and bold flavours to go with it. Open for breakfast and lunch with children's menus for each seating, Restaurant Cuvée is perfect for an indulgent family meal.

Where to stay in Rothbury

The Grand Mercure Vintage Apartments When you're planning a longer stay in Rothbury in Hunter Valley, the Grand Mercure Vintage Apartments help you create your home away from home. Enjoy space for the whole family to stretch out and relax and fully equipped kitchens for when you don't feel like going out to eat. The apartments are conveniently located and feature space for you to park a car so getting around the Valley couldn't be easier.

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