Local Attractions

What to do in the Hunter Valley

221 Bar and Restaurant

221 Vincent Street Cessnock

You can either have fine dining in the main restaurant, 221, or sit on the very comfy leather chairs and experience a laidback, more casual dining experience in the bar area. The decor in the Bar is Art Nouveau and the food is light, tasty and filling.  

Emerson's Cafe and Restaurant

492 Lovedale Road Lovedale

Just 7 minutes from the Lovedale exit of the Hunter Expressway. Fine Australian cuisine. Always good food.  

Indian at Hunter

Vincent Street Cessnock

If you like Indian food then this is the place to be. The best Peshwari Naan, spicy and mild vegetarian dishes along with the normal flavours you will find in any good Indian restaurant and affordable.

Leaves & Fishes Restaurant

Lovedale Road Lovedale

For seafood  with an Asian flavour, vegetarian, or degustation. Overlooking the lake in the boathouse-styled restaurant.  

Lillinos Bar & Trattoria

136 Talga Road Lovedale

For a delicious pizza or for meals with the flavours of Sardinia and Italy

Oishii Japanese Cuisine

Cnr Broke and McDonald Rds Pokolbin

Located at Tempus Two Winery is open 7 days for lunch and dinner. A popular dining experience for locals and visitors.  

Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove

492 Lovedale Road Lovedale

Adina Vineyard is a family-owned estate in the Lovedale area of the Hunter Valley. Located on Lovedale Road, about 5 minutes from the Lovedale exit of the Hunter Expressway and 7 kilometres from Cessnock. While wines are at the centre of their operations; accommodation, Emersons Cafe and Restaurant and Reflections Day Spa are all onsite. The cellar door is open 7 days.

Allandale Winery

132 Lovedale Road Lovedale

James Halliday nominated this winery as a 5 Star Winery. Open 7 days a week.  

Gartelmann Wines

701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale

Gartelmann Wines is a small boutique winery situated in Lovedale Hunter Valley in NSW. Enjoy a tasting of their very good white and red wines. Some are James Halliday 5 Star rated. Open 7 days.

Peterson's Champagne House

Cnr Broke Rd and Wine Country Dr

Peterson's cellar door is an unforgettable experience. The staff are there to help you choose your favourite sparkling wine. Sit and take in the views from the picturesque venue, enjoy a glass of bubbles with an oyster platter or a selection of local cheeses at the ever popular Oyster Bar.

Tatler Wines

477 Lovedale Road Lovedale

Tatler Tapas is the best Tapas in the Hunter Valley. Having said that, their wines are pretty good too. Call in and try the Non-Pariel Shiraz. Did you know that non-pariel means 'having no match", "no equal". 

Hunter Trikes

322 Lovedale Road Lovedale

Dressed in leathers, hair flowing, fresh air. Jump aboard and as Daren says 'make some noise'. Wine tasting without the driving.

Hunter Valley Carriages and Horses

917 Hermitage Road Pokolbin

Trail rides for all the family on a gentle and well cared for horse. Open 7 days but please enquire. 

Hunter Valley Golf & Country Club

430 Wine Country Drive Lovedale

Just 5 minutes drive from Ironstone Estate. Ladies if you don't wish to play golf, play in the Tea Tree Spa.

Majors Lane Cooking School

64 Majors Lane Lovedale

Join Ben and the team for a fun hands-on lesson in Asian cookery where you will prepare and enjoy a sumptuous feast inspired by the fusion of Asian cuisine and local produce. Bookings are essential.

Ogishi Glass

540 Wilderness Road Lovedale

Visit Setsuko and Yutaka at their Lovedale gallery from Friday through to Monday from 11 am to 4 pm. Not just beautiful glassware but art chocolates and glassblowing classes. 

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar

319 Wilderness Road Lovedale

My goodness, where to start with these amazing choices. Desserts, chocolates, cheese, wine by the glass and we do not forget the kids. Sabor in Lovedale is open 10 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Sabor in Pokolbin is open Thursday through to Monday. Please check our website for hours.

Wine Country Ballooning

322 Lovedale Road Lovedale

Fly with Daren, he is such fun and has been flying balloons for 20 years. Never any more than 10 passengers in a balloon.

All Around the Vines

All Around the Vines are available for wine tours, restaurant transfers, airport shuttle and more. Please call to book and to find out about other services. 

Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tours

1616 Broke Rd Pokolbin

Join the 'Two Fat Blokes' for gourmet food and wine tours with a difference. Tailor your tour to your individual needs. 

Vineyard Shuttle Service

Operating in the Valley for 20 years. For all your transport needs: visit wineries of your choice; hire a car; airport transfers, corporate services and we transfer from Sydney or Newcastle Airports. 

  • "Great house for relaxing with friends.Wish we had a couple of more days to relax here! Thanks."
    The Homestead - April 2015 - The Sydneysiders
  • " We take a large family group up to the Hunter annually and have tried a number of venues... Ironstone is the best of them...not expensive...an ensuite in every bedroom."
    The Lodge - Dec 2014
  • "I held my 40th birthday here with 9 friends, absolutely perfect... a gorgeous, enormous house that easily sleeps 10 people in 5 double bedrooms. Everything you could possibly need... I would highly recommend."
    The Homestead - June 2014
  • "...every room has it's own bathroom - we absolutely loved that aspect and it's part of the reason we chose this property."
    The Lodge 2015
  • "...found this accommodation absolutely brilliant...no stairs to negotiate...very comfortable beds & lovely bathrooms. The pool was very well maintained as were the grounds"
    The Homestead