Just north of Sydney, Hunter Valley is a fertile area that hosts many vineyards, which include boutique, family owned wineries that produce some of Australia’s best wines. The majority of these are located on the south side of Hunter River, where the fertile land is ideal for growing grapes, and while the drive from Sydney is very pleasant, the best way to see Hunter Valley is from the air. By chartering a helicopter, you will see Hunter Valley in all its glory, and the pilot would take you one some stunning passes that will show you nature at its finest.
As you might expect, wine tasting is the number one activity in Hunter Valley, and most of the wineries have interesting tours, during which you can sample some of the very best wine the country has to offer. If you had the ability to create from thin air, a perfect wine growing environment, it couldn’t be more ideal that Hunter Valley, with almost permanent sunlight and a temperate climate. The only restriction to wine tasting is age, and anyone under the age of 18 would still enjoy the time spent looking at how wine is made, and with gourmet class restaurants everywhere, this is very much a Garden of Eden for serious wine connoisseurs.
One could drive from Sydney, but in all honesty, a lot of time would be taken up with the travelling, whereas, Hunter Valley helicopters provide the perfect transportation. If the thrill of a chopper ride isn’t enough, you will get to experience vistas that defy words, so make sure you have your high definition video camera with you and a full battery.
Hunter Valley Helicopter Tours
Typically, the tour would take 5 hours in all, with two fifty-minute helicopter rides that will simply take your breath away, as you begin to taking in the iconic Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, before sweeping along the beaches of Bondi, en route to Hunter Valley. Having a gourmet lunch in one of the stunning vineyards awaits, and the food is second to none. If you are interested in the history of Hunter Valley, there is an informative article on the Internet that will enlighten you.
Despite the noise in the cockpit, each passenger has a quality set of Bluetooth headphones that allow you to hear the interesting commentary from the pilot, who knows the area like the back of his hand. The history of the region is very interesting, as you’ll no doubt find out, and after a tour of a local winery and some tasting, it’s back into the chopper for another breath-taking trip.
The tour provider would collect your group at your hotel and after a short safety briefing, you proceed to the helicopter, where you can take a few souvenir shots with the pilot, and when all is done, you take off to begin the tour. Everything is taken care of, right up to the ride back to your hotel, and if would like a memo of the day, you can buy a USB stick with stills and video of the tour, which is a great keepsake for what must be the trip of a lifetime.