The Hunter Valley is New South Wales famous wine region. Two hours from Sydney and 40 minutes from Newcastle, the region has has some of the best wine producers in Australia. Most of the wine producers open their doors to self-drive tourists or tour buses. A good suggestion is to stay at one of many accommodation offerings the Valley has on offer and tour the local wineries over a few days. Children are also catered for at many of the wineries with children activities. The Hunter Valley Gardens, dawn balloon rides are other activities for tourists.