From bespoke cooking experiences to hot air ballooning, meandering through award winning gardens or just checking out the myriad of art galleries, there is more to the Hunter Valley than just wine. Although we must admit, at least for us, the wine does take a front seat with over 150 cellar doors at your fingertips.
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With more than ninety cellar doors (and sixty five of these are rated five star by Halliday) offering a cornucopia of wine tours, some of Australia's finest wines and stunning natural views, Margaret River is genuinely a wine experience worth travelling for.
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The Tamar Valley is Tasmania's oldest wine region and is all about rolling hills, cool climate wine grapes, 32 vineyards and a nude beach! If you're looking to find a cellar door (or even a few cellar doors for that matter) - this area is your best bet around northern Tasmania.
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Picturesque King Valley is home to some of Australia's most dramatic scenery, with its rolling green hills and snow-capped peaks. The region is home to around 25 wineries, most of which are small family operations and all punching well above their weight.
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Located between the city and the sea - it's located by the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, close to the Gulf of St Vincent and less than an hour from Adelaide - with warm summers and cooling breezes, and a population of under 4,000 people, McLaren Vale is one of the hidden gems of Australia's wine scene.
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You're going to want to drink great wine, no? How about a visit to one of the many cellar doors - or all of them? There are over 60 wineries in the Yarra Valley that produce award-winning wines. Here's a handpicked selection of interesting cellar doors from the area..
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The history of the Barossa Valley is as distinctive as its terroir and climate. It's right next door to the Adelaide Hills, but quite different in climate and character. It doesn't have the same rolling hills, but it does have history and prestige galore to discover.
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The Granite Belt wine region is a brilliant destination to explore unusual varieties with the Strangebird Alternative Variety Wine Trail being one of the most interesting initiatives we have seen anywhere in Australia. This alone makes it well worth a visit.
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Visit the Macedon Ranges to sample some of the country's finest cool climate wines, admire historic towns, wander around magnificent landscaped gardens and visit Hanging Rock. Read on to discover what to drink, where to drink it, and a host of suggestions on art, music, sport, tourism, wineries, cellar doors and more.
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Bendigo is a bustling regional hub of central Victoria with truckloads of gold rush architecture, vintage cinemas, a fascinating Chinese history, a busy cultural calendar, happening restaurants and a burgeoning wine scene.
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