Top 10 School Holiday Activities
School holidays are the perfect opportunity for some family time in the Hunter Valley, with a variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Spring time is just gorgeous in the Hunter Valley. The vines are coming to life with luscious, new green growth, the days are getting longer and the weather is close to perfect.
Hunter Valley Zoo
Open every day of the school holidays, the Hunter Valley Zoo is home to a wide range of animals: birds, meerkats, kangaroos, alligators, lions, and almost everything in between. The zoo offers daily shows and animal encounters – you can even feed some of the resident kangaroos!
138 Lomas Lane, Nulkaba. https://www.huntervalleyzoo.com.au/
Horse Riding Adventures
Keeping with the animal theme, if you’re after something slightly more interactive for the kids, Hunter Valley Horse Riding may be just what you’re looking for. The picturesque Hunter Valley provides the perfect backdrop, and Hunter Valley Horse Riding cater for all ages, even offering a group ride tour so the whole family can get involved.
Mistletoe Lane, Behind Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin. https://huntervalley.com.au/horseriding-adventures/
Mega Creatures at Hunter Valley Gardens
Journey to a land of dinosaurs, ice age creatures and dragons during the Spring school holidays, when Mega Creatures returns to Hunter Valley Gardens. You can join in the interactive trail app with activities and a checklist to follow, and you might even be lucky enough to find the hidden dinosaur egg. A magical day for the little ones and a fun family day out.
2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin. https://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/events/mega-creatures-2020/
Mini Growers at Margan Wines
If your little ones like to get their hands dirty and are curious about gardening, this pop up program at Margan is an educational yet fun holiday activity. They’ll learn how to grow their own vegetables, feed the chickens and how to compost at home while touring Margan’s one-acre kitchen garden. There’s also a wine and charcuterie option to occupy the adults while the kids are gardening – a fun time for everyone.
1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke. https://www.margan.com.au
Hermitage Road Cycleway
If you need a break from all of the food and wine tasting, and the kids need to burn off some energy, the dedicated cycleway is a great way for the family to get some fresh air and admire the Brokenback Mountains from a different angle. Stretching all the way from the New England Highway to Broke Road, you can choose to cycle for as little or as long as you like, and there’s no shortage of bike hire in the area.
Hermitage Road, Pokolbin https://www.aroundhermitage.com.au/hunter-valley-cycling/
Hunter Valley Segway Tours
Go off the beaten track, with a Segway adventure tour through the Pokolbin vineyards and surrounding bushlands. Described as ‘not just any Segway ride’, you’ll encounter kangaroos, amazing views of the Brokenback Mountains and perhaps a wombat or two. Suitable for kids aged 11 years and over, this is a great experience for the adventure loving family.
Mistletoe Lane, Behind Hunter Valley Resort, Pokolbin https://huntervalley.com.au/segway-tours/
For the family who aren’t afraid of heights and early mornings, nothing quite compares to witnessing the sunrise from the basket of a hot air balloon. View the magic of the Hunter Valley as it comes to life in the morning light, and once you’re back on solid ground, enjoy a gourmet breakfast at Peterson House. An experience that’s sure to delight the whole family.
Aqua Golf & Putt Putt
You’ll find this fun little golf lovers paradise nestled in the Hunter Valley Gardens Village. For big and little kids alike, the putt putt course is 18 holes of fun. Aqua Golf is a great test of your golf swing, with the chance to win prizes if you’re lucky enough to get your ball in one of the baskets!
Hunter Valley Gardens Village, Broke Road, Pokolbin. https://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/shopping-village/aqua-golf-putt-putt/
Go Karts Go Hunter Valley
For the thrill seeking family, Go Karts Go is located about a 10 minute drive from Cessnock. With specifically designed Junior Go Karts and Double Carts, they cater for kids as young as 5. The race track is the longest and fastest track in the Hunter Valley region, and it’s sure to get the adrenaline pumping!
202 Neath Road, Kearsley. https://www.gokartsgo.com.au/go-karts-go-track-hunter
A sweet treat for good little girls & boys
Nothing says school holidays like a cool treat, and we’re lucky enough to have our own gelato company in the Hunter, in 2 locations on Broke Road. Part of the Smelly Cheese Shop, their handmade gelato and sorbet is delicious, and a favourite with locals and visitors. The Ferrero Rocher gelato is a must try for Nutella lovers, and the lemon sorbet is delightfully refreshing on a hot day. You can even buy 1 litre tubs and take a few scoops of heaven home with you.
Hunter Valley Gelato, Broke Road, Pokolbin. https://www.smellycheese.net.au/pages/gelato