|The early stages of wine....|
There are a number of cultural festivals held each year in Newcastle, as well as a wide range of art galleries and theatres. The area has a very active music scene, which spawned two popular Australian bands, Silverchair and The Screaming Jets.
Although the Newcastle metropolitan area has an extensive public transport system, to get a really good look at the region I would suggest hiring a vehicle from our Car Rental page. However, if you're going to be touring the wineries...do a booze cruise so that you don't have to worry about drink-driving.
|The Hunter Valley|
Should you choose to drive from Sydney to the Hunter Region, make sure you stop at Somersby (about 50km/31mi north of Sydney) to visit the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. A great place for the kids, it's a hands-on zoo with lots of animal interaction and wildlife shows. You can even have your photo taken with a python, koala or wombat - just not all at the same time!
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