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Set in the heart of the Pokolbin, NSW, Hunter Valley Gardens has established itself as a diverse tourist attraction, complementing Australia’s oldest wine producing region. Hunter Valley Gardens is owned and operated by Roche Group Pty Ltd, a wholly Australian owned Company. Bill and Imelda Roche, purchased the property in 1997, developed it over the subsequent five years and opened it in October 2003. They have invested over $80M to create a unique attraction with award winning accommodation to help support it.
Hunter Valley Gardens is set on 225 hectares, with the main attractions being the 60 acres of international display gardens. Located adjacently and also owned by Roche Group is the boutique shopping village, picnic ground and barbecue area and village green. Also on site are Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens (4½ star), Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation (4 star) and Roche wines.
The village is an intimate series of boutique retailers and outlets (all owner occupied) promoting the best of local produce, artistic talent, contemporary café dining and of course, cellar door wine tasting. The village square overlooks the beautiful Chapel holding many weddings each week and regular non-denominational services of worship.
All this before the visitor has discovered the international display gardens incorporating 10 amazingly themed gardens with influences from around the world. Over 8km of pathways, more than 100 kilometres of underground irrigation, 6000 trees, 600 000 shrubs and 1 000 000 ground covers have been planted and nurtured to create a legacy for generations to come – an exciting experience of sight, colour and fragrance to delight visitors of all ages and nationalities! Use our Pokolbin road trip site to visit Hunter Valley Gardens on your trip to Pokolbin, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Tours To Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $105
Duration: 10 hours
Central Pokolbin, Hunter Valley Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $44
Duration: 2 to 7 hrs
Hunter Valley Gardens Reviews
I went to the gardens to see the lights. Highly recommend seeing them. There is so much work put in and fantastic staff all happy more »
These gardens are an absolute pleasure to walk around. They are maintained to a very high standard. Easy access for prams pushchairs and wheelchairs. Cafe air conditioned food good value and tasty... more »
A vision made a reality by a man with the means. Spread over 60 ha of Pokolbin wine region, it encompasses a dozen distinct garden styles, seasonal events, backed into a shopping village, a pub and a wine cellar door. The garden has been in a static state for almost 20 years, being a display garden. This has its drawbacks, retaining the same look as the last time you came, but is also means the plants are well established, for the most part. Well worth the trip, even to just take in the garden, see the surrounding village and visit the cellar or as a part of your tour of the Hunter Valley wine region.
Awesome and well maintained gardens. Great place for photography. I haven't been there during holidays season but heard they put up great lights and open rides for kids. Ticket price is quiet high though.
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