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Must See: The Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is located just a few hours drive north of Sydney and is Australia’s oldest wine region. The region can be accessed by road, or even better by air, with a very enjoyable flight time of 50 minutes, the hunter is best explored by helicopter. The flight to the Hunter Valley covers much of Sydney’s beautiful harbour and north east coastline, capturing stunning views along the way. Your Sydney experience will be magnified as you replace a busy city landscape for the tranquil northern beaches, onwards towards the central coast before being greeted by the picturesque green countryside of the north.

The Hunter Valley boasts over one hundred and fifty wine producers and sixty restaurants. The soil profile can change in the space of a few metres - the volcanic soils along the crest of the valley hills are ideal for Shiraz, while Semillon and Chardonnay thrive on the sandy valley floors below. Hunter Valley wine growers have refined their techniques to become recognised for their seemingly endless cellaring potential Semillon, full flavoured Chardonnay and elegant Shiraz. Filled with charming villages, rolling vineyards and olive groves, the Hunter Valley makes for a jaw dropping experience.

Hunter Valley Helicopter Tour

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Whether the purpose of your Hunter Valley helicopter lunch tour is to sample the famous wines, get away for a romantic anniversary or a casual lunch with friends or simply to escape the hustle of the city, our luxury Hunter Valley lunch tour destinations are perfect for taking the edge off and soaking in some of New South Wales finest outdoor settings.

Nothing is quite like taking the fast lane from Sydney to one of our carefully selected Hunter Valley restaurant providers. Once you have softly landed on the fertile lush grass of the Hunter Valley floor, you will have the opportunity to take more pictures with a now evergreen setting. From here you will be shown to your table at the restaurant where you will be warmly welcomed by friendly staff in front of a stunning picturesque canvas of vineyards, ready to indulge in an exquisite dining and wine tasting experience.

Two of our preferred restaurant providers are Bistro Molines and Esca Bimbadgen restaurants. Both provide a unique luxury lunch setting against an impressive rolling green hill backdrop.

Bistro Molines is an amazing setting and likewise restaurant. As soon as you arrive, you are made to feel at home with a warm welcome from a kind member of staff. You could be forgiven for thinking you had just landed the helicopter in the South of France. Wrought iron chairs, candelabras, and carefully placed flower arrangements line the paved courtyards directing patrons views to the winding vines as far as the eye can see. The perfect setting for a very memorable lunch.

Bistro Molines combines the finest food with relaxed friendly service and European influenced serenity. Providing sophisticated yet rustic French Provincial dishes, guests always return to the helicopter with a more than satisfied look on their face and glowing reviews of the food.

A few miles further north reveals another well-situated restaurant, perched on the top of a hill and featuring a stunning view of the surrounding ranges. A pioneer of fine dining in the Hunter Valley, Esca Bimbadgen exemplifies the unique nature of a Hunter Valley winery restaurant. It is quite fitting therefore that Bimbadgen’s unique name comes from the local indigenous language meaning ‘Place of Good View’.

After your gourmet three-course lunch with a bottle of the local wine, further wine tasting is available at the winery, where you can sample some of Australia’s finest wines. The option is available to purchase one or two additional souvenirs to take back with you on your return flight back to Sydney, where you will experience more of Sydney’s magnificent coastline.

Our Hunter Valley lunch tour providers are passionate people who help contribute to the amazing experiences we create. It is the personal touches that make all the difference on our Hunter Valley helicopter tours. All our luxury lunch packages lead to fantastic wines with the finest food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with stunning views. We look forward to having you join us on our next Hunter Valley helicopter flight.