Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Hunter Valley Garden Christmas Lights Spectacular


Hi Sage here! Getting into all things Christmassy I thought I’d share a little bit of the McCracken family’s Christmas spirit. Michelle tells me that they dropped into the gorgeous New South Wales wine region, The Hunter Valley to source new wines for the Watermark. Hunter Valley is just a couple of hour’s drive north of Sydney with The Hunter Valley located west of Cessnock, in an area called Pokolbin.

The Hunter region really inspired the family with its picturesque scenery, lush undulating countryside and some of the most stunning vineyards featured throughout its distinctive landscape. Hunter is famous for their long winding driveways with manicured gardens which are welcomed by the coveted and very striking stone entrances. Showcasing a wide variety of vineyards for every taste, from the boutique and quaint, to the opulent and grand, these places are displayed in the most gorgeous surroundings.
The McCracken family had the chance to spend a comfortable sunny afternoon at Harrigans Irish Pub which was the perfect place to hang out with a relaxing drink and good friends. Kids were entertained with a jumping castle and huge grassed area for them to run around on.
The Hunter Valley can easy entertain the whole family this time of year. There is so much to do from wine tasting, to exquisite dining and hot-air ballooning over the vineyards. But if you really wanted to plan a good week, you couldn’t go wrong with pre booking tickets to see some of the world’s best musicians rock it out in The Hunter Valleys purpose built amphitheatre. Most recent concert was performed by Elton John and two concerts locked in for next year, Rod Stewart on Saturday 11th of February and George Michael on 7th April, wow, this all sounds pretty awesome to me! Michelle said “After seeing the first class set up for the Elton John concert, I think my next trip is already on the cards!”

The high light of the trip was the Christmas Lights Spectacular. Held in the famous Hunter Valley Garden from November to January it’s an astonishing event which caters for the whole family. With over 1 million lights displayed, each exhibition is meticulously themed throughout, making this one of Australia’s largest display gardens. These gardens are a blaze with illuminated and awe inspiring creations. Not just any Christmas decorations, these displays seem to be vastly infinite with each thoughtful exhibit beautifully lit to guide you along your chosen trail. Jarrod said “It was really well worth the visit, not only for the little kids, but for us big kids too.” With Michelle adding “In all honesty I have never seen a Christmas display like it and to top it off, our visit wasnt complete without a visit to Santa’s grotto.”
ok guys till the next post!

I really hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sage x



Hunter Valleys famous gardens








No Christmas is complete without a visit to Santa. Tahnay and Summer