Planning a visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country and hoping to take the road less travelled?

Why not enjoy a scenic drive on Tourist Drive 33, along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, and through the beautiful NSW countryside. Tourist Drive 33 is the scenic gateway to the spectacular Hunter Valley stretching from the Peats Ridge exit on the M1 near Sydney, to Branxton part of wine country, along the historic Great North Road.

Calga – Wollombi – Cessnock – Pokolbin – Branxton

Tourist Drive 33 – when visiting the Hunter Valley take the Scenic Route 

Showcasing so many interesting features of the Hunter Valley on a magnificent scenic route – whether coming to the Hunter Valley from Sydney, or looking for something off the beaten track on the way home – Tourist Drive 33 has something to excite you:

  • The Convict Trail or Great North Road – 240 kilometre convict build masterpiece constructed between 1826 and 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley (you’ll be driving on much of the original road!).
  • National Parks – walking trails, mountain biking and 4WD opportunities at Yengo National Park and Werakata National Park.
  • Immerse yourself in nature and wildlife/animal experiences – National Parks, stop at Hunter Valley Zoo, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Where Pigs Fly animal sanctuary and equestrian opportunities.
  • Learn about Aboriginal, colonial, bushranger, convict histories – exploring historic Wollombi Village, see the Endeavour Museum, Mulla Villa etc.
  • The township of Wollombi hosts a series of popular market days throughout the year, an annual music and film festival, local theatre productions, the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards and Country Fair.
  • Visit wineries and go shopping in the villages!