Hunter by Regions

The Hunter Region, located north of Sydney, covers an area of 31,000 km. It is one of the fastest growing areas in New South Wales and is currently home to approximately 630,000 people. The art and culture of the region is as diverse as its landscape, with new-media events in Newcastle, pottery classes in Port Stephens, gastronomic gatherings in Gloucester, delightful films in Dungog and musical festivals in Maitland. All these areas are connected by the Hunter River and its tributaries as well as by culturehunter.org. Tourism is a growing industry in the area and the Hunter Region is currently the sixth most visited area in Australia, with more than 2.5 million people visiting annually. There are eleven different localities within the Hunter Region. you can browse them below:
Located west of Newcastle, the Cessnock LGA includes the major settlements of Cessnock, Pokolbin, Branxton, Greta, Kurri Kurri and Weston. The area is widely known for its vineyards, which is Australia’s oldest wine region.
The major population areas within the Dungog Shire include Dungog, Gresford, Paterson, Vacy and Clarence Town. The area is renowned for its mountains and forests, and is bordered in the north by the Barrington Tops. See Directory entry for more information.
Located in the extreme north of the Hunter Region, the Gloucester LGA encompasses the towns of Gloucester, Statford, Craven, Barrington and Copeland. There are many well-known attractions in the area, including the Barrington Tops National Park, which is listed on the World Heritage List.
Consisting of coastal settlements, such as Forster, Tuncurry and Seal Rocks, as well as inland settlements such as Bulahdelah, Stroud and Tea Gardens, the Great Lakes LGA is home to a number of great beaches, as well as many national parks, state forests and lakes, making it a popular tourist destination.
As one of the largest cities in New South Wales, Lake Macquarie is also the Hunter’s largest city, and accounts for approximately 37% of the Hunter’s population.
Located two hours north of Sydney, Maitland lies in the hub of the Hunter Region. Known for its unique heritage, the Maitland area consists of many cultural attractions such as the Maitland Gaol, the settlement of Morpeth, Walka Water Works, and numerous architectural marvels such as Brough House and Grossman House, which are the mirror image of each other.
Predominately known for its coal mining industry, as well as for the numerous horse studs and wineries in the area, the Muswellbrook LGA is an area rich in natural resources. Muswellbrook Shire Council works with local non-profit community groups to secure funding for the benefit of our community.
The predominate city in the Hunter Region, Newcastle acts as the regional hub for the area, with the Port of Newcastle the world’s largest coal export centre.
Culture Port Stephens is a network for those active in the arts, culture and lifestyle of Port Stephens.
A delightful mix of history, country hospitality and modern sophistication, Singleton is a great get away destination. Just a few hours drive from Sydney but a lifetime from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Upper Hunter Shire is an amalgamation of Scone, Merriwa and Murrurundi Shire Councils, the area is renowned for being the ‘horse capital’ of Australia and has many famous horse studs as well as the annual Horse Week festival. Located at the northern end of the Hunter Region, the area is also a rich farming district.

Culture Hunter  - Hunter Region Map Upper Hunter Muswellbrook Singleton Dungog Gloucester Great Lakes Port Stephens Maitland Cessnock Newcastle Lake Macquarie

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