Experience the Hunter Valley from the air.
A getaway break in the Hunter Valley has long been considered a special treat for people on the coast of New South Wales. As word of the valley's rustic charms and delectable food and wines has spread, it has evolved into a popular destination for tourists from other Australian states. The range of activities for visitors to enjoy has increased accordingly and there is now something for all tastes and budgets.
One of the most exciting activity options are Hunter Valley scenic flights and helicopter flights. Even a brief 10-minute helicopter trip around the vineyard hub at Pokolbin is enough to take in the beauty of the fertile valley with the Brokenback, Watagan and Mount Royal mountain ranges in the background providing a majestic backdrop.
Cessnock Airport Terminal is a tiny airport near Pokolbin and the operations hub for firms offering Hunter Valley scenic flights and helicopter flights. Each operator has a range of different trip options which begin at pretty economical prices. The vineyard odyssey is the 10-minute quickie and takes passengers on a 10-minute circuit of the vineyards.
Longer options take in locations such as Lake Macquarie, Singleton's coal mines and the beaches and shoreline around Newcastle. The firms offer set packages, yet are more than willing to tailor them to suit individual requirements. Hunter Wine Helicopters offers a dawn delight flight which comes with a glass of the valley's sparkling wine.
Hunter Valley Helicopters provides passengers with standard trips as well as several themed ones. The doors-off version is a must for adventure junkies while sitting in the glass cockpit of a MASH Bell 47 helicopter transports travellers back to the Vietnam War era. Slattery Helicopters is another recommended operator offering a VIP romantic package for two that includes hotel pick-up, flights and a meal at the Wynwood Estate's prize-winning Twine Restaurant.