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The Hunter Valley  - the area of ​​New South Wales, extending from about 120 to 310 km north of Sydney, with an estimated population of over 630 thousand people. More than half the population lives in the coastal cities of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

Hunter River valley forms and its tributaries, with mountain areas in the north and south. Hunter Valley - one of the largest river valleys on the coast of New South Wales, and it is known, above all, the coal industry, electricity generation and its wineries. Hunter Valley is not the only, but the region's largest wineries in Australia, famous for its white and red wine is exported all over the world. In addition, in the Hunter Valley thoroughbred breeding thoroughbred horses.

Hunter Valley - the main tourist area in New South Wales, is the 6th most visited place in Australia attracting more than 2.5 million people annually.

Hunter Valley

In the area of ​​Pokolbin, in the heart of the Valley, there are plenty of vineyards, restaurants, shops, golf courses and hotels. Other parts of the Hunter Valley - an area Wollombi and Broke Fordwich - also very well known for their amazing vineyards. There grow such well-known grape varieties like Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet, semillon and riesling; Australian national varieties include Siena tarrango. Exquisite white and red wines of local brands (for example, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace) can always try it on numerous wineries Valley.

For tourists visiting the Hunter Valley, regularly organize various entertainment events, such as the first three Sundays of each month by rail through the Valley runs a real steam locomotive in the XIX., Very popular with children, and Hunter River and Lake Macquarie floats real paddle steamer. The main tourist center of the Valley is Newcastle. From there by bus, car or train you can easily reach any place Hunter Valley.

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Port Stephens Port Stephens - a large natural harbor some 160 km. to the north-east of Sydney, New South Wales. Its northern coastline forms the border between the local Port Stephens and Great Lakes. The area is very uneven population density of more than 26 000 people live in the interval just 3 square meters. km. its 113-kilometer coastline, and more than 32 000 live in the area of ​​10 square meters. km. With an area of ​​119 square kilometers, Port Stephens more than Sydney Harbour.

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In the harbor is a narrow passage between two strikingly beautiful hills, volcanic headlands. Southern Cape («Tomaree» or "South Head") stands at 168 meters above sea level, while the «Yacaba» (Northern Cape) rises 210 meters Harbor is, in general, shallow and sandy, but sufficiently deep that large ships can pass through it.

Today the economy of Port Stephens based on tourism, oyster farming, fishing, dairy and mixed farming.

The pearl district tourism industry is "Shoal Bay» (Shoal Bay). It is named so because of its sand banks and beaches. There is an amusement park, where you can hire a catamaran for yourself, go paddle steamer, canoeing, water skiing, scooters, windsurfing on the beach. For organized fishing there Fishing Club, which holds every February in the Southern Hemisphere's largest competition for sport fishing.

At the eastern edge of the bay - the peak Tomaree. At its base is a convenient parking and a picnic area. Parking in front of the beginning of the narrow way creeping to the top of the peak, where the visitor spectacular views of the sea.

Port Stephens

In coastal waters lost a few small islands, where you can go on a catamaran or boat: Boondelbah (3 hectares), 3 km. to the north-east coast. The islet is a breeding ground for birds and small penguins, storm petrels and white seagulls.

Slightly North of Cabbage Tree Island (26 hectares), covered with tropical palm trees view - livistonoy south - and is the only known nesting petrels rare Gould. Also, by all accounts, this is the only island with tropical forest ecosystem in South Australia.

To Port Stephens is easily accessible by car via the Pacific Highway from Sydney straight (the road will take about 1.5 hours).