The Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia is the valley of the Hunter River, which is considered to be one of the main eastwards-flowing rivers in South-Eastern Australia. The valley is located 160 kilometres away from the state's capital, Sydney, and has an estimated population of approximately 700, 000 people. The majority of this population lives in the metropolitan area of Newcastle, however, there are also many small towns and villages scattered throughout the valley. Newcastle is the largest city within this region, being situated at the mouth of the Hunter River, and its area encapsulates Lake Macquarie as well as the Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stevens areas. The Hunter Valley's other major population areas include Kurri Kurri, Singleton, Scone and Muswellbrook. Newcastle is the second largest city within the state of New South Wales (Sydney being the first) and the world's busiest coal export port, shipping over 85 million tones per year. The Hunter Valley itself is also well-known for its wine growing regions, which are some of Australia's best, producing both red and white wine varieties. The main industry though, within this region, would have to be its coal mining, mostly used for export. The upper valley is used mainly for livestock grazing, dairy farming and forms of agriculture. The lower valley is then used mainly for wineries and coal mining, most of which is bought to port via railways from the valley. The Hunter Valley is now considered a major tourist destination within the state of New South Wales and is quickly growing economically and culturally. The Pokolbin area of the valley is mostly famous for its large number of vineyards, fabulous restaurants, shopping centres, golf courses and country guesthouses. Other parts of the valley are famous for the wine produced there. The Upper Hunter area is mostly known for the town of Scone, which is one of the world's largest horse breeding facilities. Regular events are also held within the Hunter Valley region which includes the Hunter Valley Steam Trains which run for the first three Sundays of each month and regular scenic cruises along the Hunter River and on Lake Macquarie. The Hunter Valley is fast growing into a large residential area, people being attracted to the family-friendly environment, employment opportunities, and affordable housing prices. Add to Description →
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Pokolbin between O'Connors Road and Debeyers Road