It's hard to do the Hunter Valley justice in just a few words! But it's easy to see why tourists love to visit, and locals love to live here.
From its fine wines and gourmet dining to its fabulous events, the Hunter Valley is spectacular.
More than 50% of the population live in Newcastle - at the mouth of the Hunter River - and Lake Macquarie, with the main industries being coal mining, agriculture, tourism, wine-making and horse breeding.
The Hunter contains an above-average number of national parks and state forests, making it a popular region with families.