Robin Esrock’s Top 3 Hunter Valley Bucket List


1.  Go Skydiving

Having bungee jumped, paraglided, swooped, zorbed and canyon swung, I believe nothing matches the sheer thrill and exhilaration of tandem skydiving.  Where you choose to do it has everything to do with location.    14,000ft above the Hunter Valley is a spectacular way to take in the scope of the region’s beauty.  Alternatively, take a drive to nearby Newcastle to skydive over stunning Lake Macquarie, and over a coastline that stretches on forever.  


2.  Hunter Valley Gardens

250,000 annuals, 6000 trees, 500,000 shrubs and 35,000 rose bushes spread across 12 hectares in Australia’s largest show gardens.   Here you will find ten themed gardens with over eight kilometres of pathways to explore. The Japanese, Indian and Formal gardens are simply gorgeous, while the Storybook Garden will delight kids and adults with life size recreations of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.  A Ferris wheel, carousal and other rides open at special events throughout the year.


3.  Hot Air Ballooning

Wine regions and ballooning goes together like champagne and breakfast. Early morning sunrises over vineyards are tranquil, romantic, and simply beautiful.  Ballooning is the oldest form of flight, and you’re largely at the mercy of the winds.  Whichever way it blows you, Hunter Valley views deliver.  After your hour-long flight, celebrate with a gourmet breakfast, and, of course, a fine bottle local sparkling wine.  



Renowned travel writer, TV host and bestselling author Robin Esrock is the author of the upcoming books - The Great Australian Bucket List, and Esrocking Australia with the Kids.  Follow him @robinesrock, @Ausbucketlist or