by Ketki Hanamshet Updated on 15 Oct 2018
What if we told you that there is a place in Australia where you can get access to plenty of wine, delicious food and enjoy the beautiful natural points of interest? For sure one might not believe that a single place can offer all this. However, you should know that if you have a desire to spend your holiday in Australia, then we would suggest you to select Cessnock as your destination. Top Cessnock tourist attractions include over hundred wineries in the area, and in addition to that, it has also got lush gardens, blissful spas, and gourmet eateries. However, the availability of so many tourist attractions might confuse you, don’t panic we have your back. We have created a list of 15 best things to do in Cessnock. Just follow our guide to the best places to visit in Cessnock and we assure you, you will remember your vacation trip your whole life.
Here's the list of 15 best things to do in Cessnock:
1. Hunter valley zoo
Hunter valley zoo turned 10years old and over the years this zoo has grown from a small local zoo to a bigger zoo which is now home to white lions, African lions, lemurs, Maned wolf, Malayan Tapir Meerkats, African Serval Cat, Emu’s, Ostrich, Kolas, Wombats, Kangaroos, Rhino Iguanas, Leopard Tortoises and many more. This is a located in the beautiful Hunter Valley, and we are assured that you and your family will have a great time at the Hunter Valley Zoo.
2. Cessnock Regional Art Gallery
The Cessnock Regional Art Gallery is popular tourist attraction of Cessnock. The Cessnock Regional Art Gallery mainly showcases the work of regional artists. The artist survey exhibitions and touring shows in this gallery mainly cover contemporary visual design art and craft that also includes contemporary and historical subjects and themes. This gallery is a place where you will get to some astonishing artworks. This place gives you a closer glimpse of the history of Cessnock.
3. Werakata National Park
The Werakata National Park is loved by locals and appreciated by tourists. Since this park is close to Sydney, therefore this place is considered to be a great tourist spot and a perfect spot for day trip. You will find that Werakata National Park has beautiful cycling and walking trails and in spring these trails are lined up with yellow, purple, and orange wildflowers such as banksias and acacias. This place is also home to some of the rare plants which can be found in the special section of the park dedicated for endangered species. You can spend some quality time with your family in Werakata National Park. If you love watching birds, then you should consider bringing your camera and binoculars.
4. Richmond Vale Railway Museum
If you are like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, then we have good news for you and that is the Richmond Vale Railway Museum has been reopened. If you love locomotive, then you should head straight to this beautiful museum. You will be surprised to know that the Richmond Vale Railway Museum operates a museum as well as a railway. Recently the Richmond Vale Railway Museum suffered damages because of deliberately lit-bushfire, which damaged the historic rollingstock and railway tracks. However, the museum is back on wheels and open for visitors.
5. Ernest Hill Wines
If you are on your vacation trip to Cessnock and you have a thing for wines, then we would suggest you to visit the very famous Ernest Hill Wines. The Ernest Hill Wines is a popular family-run boutique winery which is quite popular among locals and tourists because of their high-quality wine collection. Ernest Hill Wines sells limited edition and award-winning wines at their cellar door. If you have a desire to bring back a great souvenir from your trip to Cessnock, then you should consider buying wine from Ernest Hill Wines.
6. Big Kookaburra
Well, we won’t say that the Big Kookaburra is located in Cessnock but it is quite near, and for sure you wouldn’t like to miss the chance of seeing this great piece of art. The most amazing thing about the Big Kookaburra is that it is so beautifully constructed that for a second you might get confused whether it is lifeless or not. This great piece of art has been constructed by using the locally sourced scrap steel and aluminum. It is a great spot to hang out with family and kids will enjoy playing in the park.
7. Iron Gate Estate
Iron Gate Estate in true sense i=follows the great winemaking traditions of Europe. Iron Gate Estate is a family run winery and a boutique that produces unique handcrafted wines. If you love wines, then you should surely visit Iron Gate Estate as the wines of Iron Gate Estate captures the original essence of beautiful Hunter Valley. The Iron Gate Estate picturesque estate will make you fall in love with this place.
8. Kitchener Poppethead Reserve
The famous Kitchener Poppethead Reserve is considered as a regional park in the Cessnock local area. The Kitchener dam is the prime attraction of this place. The Kitchener Dam is kind of a remnant of the mining history of Cessnock, and in addition to that, it also serves as a home to a variety of beautiful wildlife such as Black Swans, Mallards, Red Bills, and Native Wood Ducks. You relax in the calm and beautiful setting of Kitchener Poppethead Reserve.
9. Kurri Kurri War Memorial
The Kurri Kurri War Memorial commemorates servicemen and women who have risked their lives and served Australia in the conflicts in which Australia has been part of. Kurri Kurri War Memorial contains the honor rolls of the braves who served in Korea Vietnam, World War One and World War Two. Apart from paying your tribute you can also hang out in the park and participate in other recreational activities. The Kurri Kurri War Memorial is a great tourist attraction to visit with family.
10. Birralee Park
This is not a typical tourist spot, but Birralee Park is a great spot where one can relax and hang out with their loved ones. The best part about Birralee Park is that a new amenities building has been inaugurated. The new building includes change rooms, canteen, referee’s room, accessible toilets and administration room for clubs. The Birralee Park ground is home to the little athletics and rest assured your little one will also have great fun at the Birralee Park.
11. Memorial Entrance Gate
This isn’t a typical tourist attraction, but the Memorial Entrance Gate is very popular among tourists and people with knowledge about Australia’s history. The Memorial Entrance Gate is a stone gate post at the very entrance of Gordon Williams Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The marble name plaques affixed to this popular stone gate has the names of those who were killed in action and who died post-war to 1925.
12. Edgeworth David Museum
The Edgeworth David Museum is housed in the one of the 1900s weatherboard schoolhouse. You will be surprised to know that the Edgeworth David Museum contains more than 4000 items, which represents the heritage of the region. You will be surprised to know that the Edgeworth David Museum which is housed in old school house still contains two classrooms that have original fittings such as blackboards, wall maps, and desks. If you have a desire to get a glimpse of the history and heritage of this region, then you should consider visiting Edgeworth David Museum.
13. Astills Picnic Area
The beautiful setting around the Astills Picnic Area makes it an ideal place for picnic. The best thing about Astills Picnic Area is that it has got picnic tables. The availability of plenty of open areas can be counted as a plus point as this area can be used for playing games and chilling out. The towering trees in Astills Picnic Area give excess shade so you can relax in a comfortable condition. The beautiful setting of this area and the green open fields will keep you mesmerized. This is a great place to spend time with your loved ones.
14. Mount View Estate
The Mount View Estate isn’t like other wineries in this area. Mount View Estate is popular among locals as well as tourists because of the high-quality wine that this place produces. The large plantation area offers a great view, and the best thing about this cellar is that you can sit outside enjoying the beautiful view of the plantation while tasting delicious wine. If you have a desire to taste great wine in amazingly beautiful view of plantation, then you should prefer visiting Mount View Estate.
15. Rotary Park
If you feel tired from your vacation and have been looking for a great place to relax and enjoy your leisure time then for sure the popular Rotary Park can fulfill your needs. The Rotary Park is a busy park where you will get to enjoy different activities, and this park is a great place for kids as it has got plenty of open green space where they can play games.