A break from the city
A 2-day escape to the north that combines wine, pearls, water & countryside
Leave the city behind for a 2-day sojourn that brings in the best of the experiences, destinations and local produce from Sydney’s north.
Travel to the glorious Hawkesbury River region on Sydney’s northern fringe, where picturesque waters are flanked by the Australian bush. Here we’ll visit a local secret – the Broken Bay Pearl Farm, where Akoya oysters produce stunning, naturally lustruous pearls. We’ll take a cruise through the waterways to visit the pearl farm, learn about farming and grading the pearls, and see the beautiful nature and wildlife of this area.
Lunch at a fabulous local restaurant is followed by an afternoon of exclusive, behind the scenes tasting at some of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries. Over these two days you’ll visit such landmark wineries as Tyrrell’s, Brokenwood and Audrey Wilkinson, with opportunities to taste not only the wine, but the incredible local produce of the Hunter region.
Overnight at Spicers Guesthouse, a lovely haven in the countryside where birdlife and wildlife abound.
This is a wonderful 2-day escape, which can be easily tailored as a longer Hunter stay, or combined with excursions further afield to the Blue Mountains, the wine regions of Orange or Mudgee, or country New South Wales.
Highlights & inspiration
Our morning by the waters of Broken Bay is a special part of this itinerary. We’ll learn directly from the pearl farmers to visit the oyster-racks, see the harvesting, and cruise the quiet, peaceful waters of the Hawkesbury. At the Shellar Door you’ll learn the virtues of pearls to assess how they’re graded – a hands-on chance to surround yourself with stunning, natural pearls.
In the Hunter Valley, we focus primarily on Tyrrell’s, Brokenwood and Audrey Wilkinson – the three Hunter members of the exclusive Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collection. We’ll also have the chance to bring in spontaneous tastings of wine, beer and other local produce along the way to suit your tastes.
Spicers Guesthouse is our overnight retreat, situated amongst the countryside and wineries of Pokolbin. Recently renovated, it’s a haven of relaxed style and charm, with a fabulous onsite restaurant, and plenty of places to relax with a glass of wine to watch the kangaroos at dusk.
Looking to make this weekend really special? We have plenty of ways to up the ante! Begin your escape with a seaplane flight from Sydney to Broken Bay, arriving at the pearl farm in style. Go even more exclusive in your wine-tastings, and bring in some incredible matched-food pairings and meals. Extend your stay by a night, to add time for golf, massages, or an exquisite morning balloon flight over the vineyards. Magical!
Hunter-Hawkesbury 2 Day Escape Inclusions: 2 full days of touring with private guide and private luxury vehicle; private behind scenes tour at Broken Bay Pearl Farm including one-hour cruise, Shellar Door visit and exclusive access to grading room; local lunch in the Hawkesbury region; private VIP premium tour & tasting at Tyrrells with a member of the wine-making team; overnight accommodation at Spicers Guesthouse Hunter Valley in a King Deluxe room; full breakfast; private masterclass & premium tasting at Audrey Wilkinson; private picnic lunch at Audrey Wilkinson, with a hamper of local produce and bottle of wine; private premium tasting of wine & matched canapés at Brokenwood Wines with behind-scenes winery tour & barrel room tasting; bottled water; hotel pick-up & drop-off; flexible itinerary.
YOUR PEOPLE, YOUR TIME, YOUR SYDNEY
The important point, is that this is all about you.
We recognise that you want to make the most of your time in Sydney, experiencing this place with the people that matter, in a way that most resonates with you.
At Sydney Bespoke Tours we’re just the catalyst, creating the environment and itinerary to let the magic happen. Let us combine our passion, insider-access and creativity with your interests and ideas, to leave you engaged, inspired, delighted and reconnected.