Springtime in the Gardens

Take A Tour Around the Hunter Valley This Spring

Ah…spring. For nature lovers, it’s possibly the best season of the year – especially in the Hunter Valley, with its Mediterranean climate. Hunter Valley Wine Country can get quite chilly in the winter months and tends to be rather hot in summer… but spring?

Spring is that perfect time of year when the days are frequently fine, and the weather is neither too cold nor too hot. The beautiful plants and flowers that have lain dormant over winter are starting to bud, or already bursting out in all their colourful glory, and the grass made lush by the welcome rain of winter has yet to be browned by the heat of the Hunter Valley summer sun.

Hunter Valley Gardens in Springtime Bloom

Hunter Valley Gardens in Springtime Bloom

The Hunter Valley Gardens is comprised of ten individually themed gardens set on 14 hectares of beautiful, gently undulating grounds in the Hunter Valley vineyards.

Themed Garden Experiences

The Gardens offer a sensory experience to delight your sight, smell and imagination:

  • The heavenly-scented Rose Garden, featuring over 6,000 roses, is beautifully showcased in the Annual Gardens’ Rose Spectacular, from mid-October to mid-November (check HVG website for details).
  • The charming, traditional Indian Garden, with its Purple Ajuga, Dwarf Agapanthus, Lilly Pilly and Curry plants, bursting into fragrant bloom from mid-spring.
  • The calming atmosphere of the traditional Chinese Garden, with springtime prompting attractive displays from showy Azaleas, fruiting Mulberry bushes, and sweetly scented flowering Cumquat trees.
  • The Mediterranean charms of the beautiful Italian Grotto, whose Bougainvillea, Wisteria, Geraniums, Pelargoniums, fragrant Lavender and herbs come to life in spring.
  • The vibrant springtime beauty of the Sunken Garden.
  • The specially selected springtime gems and perennials that adorn the seasonal gardens surrounding Lakes Walk.
  • the subtle scents and showy springtime blooms of the Manchurian Pear, Magnolia trees, and abundant Chameleon roses that fill the Formal Garden

A weekend spent wandering the Gardens is the perfect way to spend a springtime day or two, and spring is also the perfect time to take a tour of the wider Pokolbin area, in the mild weather. After all, when you’re in the midst of the Hunter Valley Gardens precinct, it’s hard to ignore the fact that you’re in the middle of Australia’s oldest winegrowing region, surrounded by some of Australia’s most famous wineries, with a stack of cellar doors at your fingertips! Perhaps you could consider booking a personalised wine tour with a reputable local company.

Hunter Valley events in September 2021

If you’re considering a tour of Hunter Valley Wine Country in spring, there are a number of enjoyable activities that you might like to consider adding to your itinerary. Why not stay for a weekend? Or better yet – why not make it a week?! There is always plenty to see and do in the Hunter Valley.

Comedy Night at Harrigan’s Hunter Valley

If you’re thinking of heading to the Hunter Valley as soon as spring has sprung, September also brings a barrel of laughs to the Gardens, with Comedy Night at Harrigan’s Hunter Valley on September 15, 2021 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Located a just a few minutes from Hunter Valley Gardens, Harrigan’s – the only pub within the Hunter Valley vineyards – offers a relaxed pub atmosphere, amazing meals and comfortable accommodation, all under the one roof. If you’re looking for a great place to stay that’s within walking distance of the Gardens and its shopping precinct, Harrigan’s is an ideal choice.

End2End Festival

Pokolbin’s End2End Festival, happening from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 18 September 2021, is a great way to experience all that Hunter Valley Wine Country has to offer (and much more!) in one fun-filled day. Held across four venues, including over 20 famous local wineries, the End2End Festival promises to be a day filled with plenty of live music, fine wines and fantastic gourmet food – including local beef and seafood.

Hunter Valley Events in October 2021

Hunter Valley Art Fair, Branxton

If you’d prefer to experience the Hunter Valley in all its colourful, eye-catching springtime glory, then why not book a mid-spring tour during October? Also, if you’re a fan of all things colourful and eye-catching, the Hunter Valley Art Fair hits Branxton from Saturday 2 October to Monday 4 October 2021 (the October long weekend).

With a variety of artworks and artwares from talented artists available for purchase, plus children’s art and craft activities, and onsite entertainment and refreshments on offer, the Hunter Valley Art Fair provides a rare opportunity to peruse and purchase original artworks and would make an excellent addition to any springtime tour of the Hunter. If you’re not familiar with the Hunter Valley, why not organise a personalised tour of the Hunter Valley.

Hope Rocks

If classic Australian Rock is more your style, why not take your spring tour of the Gardens during the middle of October and stop off at Hope Estate’s mega-concert, Hope Rocks, hitting the stage at Australia’s largest purpose-built outdoor winery concert amphitheatre on Saturday 16 October 2021. With an incredible all-star lineup of Australian rock stalwarts, you can get your fill of homegrown music on one day and spend the next day on a vineyard tour, or experiencing the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley Events in November 2021

Although November sees spring drawing to a close, ushering in the balmy summer weather, there are still plenty of springtime benefits to be had.

Sunset Sounds

For those who are keener on country and acoustic guitar sounds, Sunset Sounds is Roche Estate’s iconic music festival and it is set to return this year, taking over Roche Estate on Saturday 20 November 2021 from 3:30pm.

Headlined by Xavier Rudd, the festival showcases an amazing line-up of some of Australia’s most brilliant singer-songwriters, including Kasey Chambers, Pete Murray and many more. Follow up this fantastic evening with a day spent relaxing in the Hunter Valley, enjoying a wine tour or experiencing everything the Hunter Valley has to offer.

Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular

With Christmas fast approaching, November sees the start of the annual Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens. The stunning light sculptures and displays have been a favourite with residents of and visitors to the Greater Newcastle and Hunter regions for many years – and their popularity has only continued to grow. If you’re planning an overnight stay in Hunter Valley Wine Country in November, there’s no better way to farewell spring and get into the Christmas spirit than a visit to the Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens.

Contact Hunter Valley Tours for More Amazing Springtime Activities!

Contact Hunter Valley Tours for More Amazing Springtime Activities!

Hunter Valley Tours specialises in creating personalised itineraries to help you get the most out of your visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country and enjoy the perfect wine tour. For more information on how to maximise your enjoyment and minimise the stress, contact Julie at 0456 737 888 or send an email enquiry to info@hvtours.com.au. Alternatively, fill out our online enquiry form, or book here using our online booking facility.

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