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Countryside Escape to the Hunter

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I'm a student living in Sydney though like to adventure the surrounds up north, down south and to the east and west. From bustling cities, pristine beaches, misted mountains and rolling countrysides I like to be well traveled.
Published September 25th 2015
From alpacas to vineyards to pubs, Hunter region has it all
Countryside Escape to the Hunter

About a 2 hour drive from the Sydney city lies the Hunter region, a beautiful scene of rolling hills and green pastures. From Sydney via route 33, you can experience the transformation of scenery from highways and skyscrapers to dirt roads and wineries.

Winery in the Hunter Region
The rolling hills and wineries of the Hunter region


As you head up north via Great North Road, you may come across the small town of Laguna. Not known for much more than a residential town of Cessnock, it holds a great cafe for a pit stop. The Great Northern Trading Post is a bar, a cafe and a general store all in one rustically charming setting.

The Great Northern Trading Post
The rustic cafe, bar and store situated in the town of Laguna

Open 7 days a week, the Great Northern Trading Post is a great pit stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They serve delicious foods from cafe style to pub style and also entertain guests with live music.

The Great Northern Trading Post
Rustic style of the Great Northern Trading Post

Starline Alpaca Farm Stay
For the night we stayed over at the Starline Alpaca Farm Stay Resort which was a unique countryside experience. The accommodation was set on an alpaca farm with currently over 200 alpacas of different breeds.

Starline Alpaca Farm Stay
The welcoming entrance of the dirt road

They offer a hands on experience of farm life in which guests are able to feed not only the alpacas but the chickens, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Starline Alpaca Farm Stay
Adorable rabbits and guinea pigs at the Starline Alpaca Farm Stay

The waterfront cottage we stayed in was beautiful, exceeding expectations. From the balcony we had the view of the lake and the grazing alpacas on the hillside. The farm stay had wonderful accommodating staff, a tranquil atmosphere and an overall beautiful experience with the farm animals.

Starline Alpaca Farm Stay
Lucy the beautiful alpaca

Whether tasting wine, cheeses, visiting alpacas or just taking a cruise down the Great North Road, the Hunter Region has much to offer with its beautiful scenery of the countryside.

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Why? To experience the charm of the countryside
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