Cessnock is located next to Australia’s oldest wine region, just a couple of hours’ drive north of Sydney. Historically a coal mining centre, this town and collection of villages make for a popular place to stay while visiting the wineries of the Lower Hunter Valley as the area is cheaper than Pokolbin and has plenty of facilities for visitors.
Cessnock is one of the busiest places to be based in the Hunter Valley, with dozens of wineries and cellar doors nearby along with an array of services. There are restaurants with reasonably priced food, motels with WiFi internet and glitzy shopping areas with natty craft shops.
Several historic buildings might be of interest in Cessnock. The Richmond Main Mining Museum is worth a look, though most visitors take to the road and explore the wineries of the area. It is better to tour, but you can also turn up and taste at many of the wineries, with their chardonnays, pinot noir and myriad other wines.
Aside from the wine, hot air balloon rides over the region are hugely popular, along with skydiving and golf. Even if you’re not staying there, also be sure to head over to Pokolbin to take in its fine art galleries and sample its swanky restaurants.
Thirty minutes southwest is historic Wollombi, which is also good for wine and friendly hospitality. You could also take to the hills of the various national parks and forests of the Watagan mountains, while less than an hour by road from Cessnock is bustling Newcastle with its beaches and funky cafés.
So much to do in Cessnock
Located less than two hours drive north of Sydney, the picturesque area of Cessnock includes small towns such as Paxton, Millfield and Bellbird. Cessnock has become a major tourist hub offering plenty of character and charm.
Cessnock, once a highly prosperous town thriving on the rich coal seams in the area, is now better known as being the gateway to the wineries of the Hunter region, one of New South Wales’ most vital winemaking areas. So a short trip out of Cessnock is as far as you need go for a pleasant afternoon spent tasting the local produce.
Revel in the richness of Cessnock’s convict, coal and Aboriginal heritage, or spend time admiring the abundant art galleries, antique and craft shops. Play a round on a world-class golf course before choosing from a wide range of restaurants, cafes, old-style pubs and themed winery eateries for dinner and drinks. Tour the wineries, take a heritage walk or for the more keen there are many adventure tours in the valley.
Accommodation at Cessnock
Options for accommodation in Cessnock are good and the Carriages Guest House or the Heritage Inn come recommended. Hotels here are cheaper than flashy Pokolbin, but note that prices in the Hunter Valley surge during the summer and on weekends. It’s a leisurely two or three hours by road from Sydney and you can do it via the pretty colonial Tourist Drive 33 route.
More Places To Stay
Take your time in the area, with a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, needs and occasions. Take a romantic interlude at a secluded bed and breakfast or guest house, or make a motel, villa, resort, self-contained unit or cosy pub your starting point for your Hunter Valley holiday.
198 Vincent St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1014
136 Wollombi Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1256
388 Wollombi Rd Bellbird Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1094
Black Opal Hotel
216 Vincent St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1070
110 Aberdaire Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1212
Cessnock Heritage Inn Bed & Breakfast
167 Vincent St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4991 2744
234 Wollombi Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1002
13 Allandale Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 2699
Cessnock Vintage Motor Inn
300 Maitland Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 4333
Lot 210 Allandale Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4991 4812
Colliery House Bed & Breakfast
Lot 393 Colliery St Neath Cessnock NSW 2326
Telephone: (02) 4930 8286
Cumberland Motor Inn
57 Cumberland St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 6633
Danica House Bed & Breakfast
27 Orient St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4991 4893
Greta Main Payoffice Guesthouse
Lot 12 Wollombi Rd Greta Main Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4998 1703
Hunter Valley Motel
30 Allandale Rd Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1722
Hunter Valley Travellers Rest Motel
35 Colliery St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4991 2355
Cessnock Rd Neath Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4930 4270
Royal Oak Hotel
201 Vincent St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 2366
617 Hermitage Rd Pokolbin Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 6574 7118
36 Vincent St Cessnock NSW 2325
Telephone: (02) 4990 1364