The Hunter Valley is known for its wines and wineries, but there is more to the Hunter than viticulture. It is a very rural region where agriculture is a way of life, and there is no better way to immerse yourself in it than in Ellalong.
Ellalong is just 15 minutes drive from the Cessnock central business district. You can stay in the Ellalong Hotel, or find an AirBnB host. This Easter, we stayed at an AirBnB accommodation in Ellalong where there is a view of the Watagan mountains behind us (Ellalong, after all, is at the foot of the Watagan) and the Quorrobolong Creek section of the Ellalong Lagoon snaking through rolling hills where cows graze in peace and quiet.
Except for the paved pedestrian walk on the Helena Street and Rugby Street sides of the Ellalong Public School, there is no clear footpath along the main roads of Ellalong. Taking a walk early morning or late afternoon means, therefore, walking on the side of the road. The rural vibe means that you have to be careful of vehicular traffic which goes at 80kph just a few metres from the village residential area.
Still, a staycation in Ellalong is worth it, a good chance to escape Sydney crowd and bustle. It is, anyway, just a short drive away from the best wineries of Hunter Valley.
Sunsets in Ellalong are beautiful and full of colour.