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Hunter Valley Intimate Wine Trip with Cheese & Kangaroos

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Come on Hunter Valley's most epic day trip with Sean!

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  • Super fun small group tour with a maximum of 7 people
  • Sample over 30 types of wine and eat lots of cheese! 
  • See kangaroos in the wild and...did we mention cheese?

What we'll do

Strap yourself in for possibly the best day tour you'll do in Australia!

Sean's Hunter Valley day trip has quickly established itself as the best way to sample the delicious wines of this region. Your day starts at Manly, where you'll meet your fun and friendly guide Sean. Loading into his van, you'll get to know your fellow travellers as you head north to the Hunter Valley. Once in this famous wine region, you'll visit up to 5 different award-winning wineries, each with their own unique wines. You'll learn so much about Australian wine, and sample top-rated Shiraz, Cab Sav, Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Semillon wines and more! 

Your day also includes the biggest gourmet cheese platter you've ever seen. Sean (or "Cheese Daddy") will provide over 20 different kinds of cheese for you to try, expertly paired with your wine samples. At some point throughout the day, you'll also get to do a bit of wild kangaroo spotting.

A full day of wine tasting, cheese sampling and kangaroo spotting. Seriously, what are you waiting for?!

What to know

  • Tour days: Weekdays and some weekends (check calendar for availability) 
  • Price includes: 
    • 12+ hour guided activity
    • 4 - 5 winery visits and all wine samples
    • Gourmet cheese platter
    • Coffee
    • Photos
    • Air-conditioned transport
  • Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English.
  • Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers. 
  • Group size: Up to 7 people
  • Age range: Most participants are in their 20s, 30s and 40s but everyone is welcome - provided you're over 18!
  • Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 7 days in advance.

About your guides

Sean grew up in Sydney and was first introduced to the Hunter Valley by his mother when he was just a wee lad. She drove him around the endless green hills and let him walk the vineyards, climb the hills and enjoy the fresh air. 

Just over 2 years ago, Sean started showing friends and visitors around the region. Over that time has built relationships with a range of winery owners and managers, and his reputation in the area is legendary. 

When Sean is not leading Hunter Valley wine tours, you can find him chilling out in Manly, or DJing at weddings and kids parties.

      Frequently asked questions

      • What should I bring? Wallet, sunscreen, phone or camera, comfortable clothing and footwear. We recommend bringing some cash as well as a credit card for wine purchases and lunch. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella if there's wet weather on the day. 
      • Is lunch included? Lunch is not included on this tour, but there is a wide range of options available, including Japanese, Vegetarian, Fish Tacos, Thai, Prawns, Avocado Salad, Oysters and Cheese and more.
      • Where do we start? You'll meet Sean at the Gloria Jean's cafe at Manly ferry wharf. Click here for the Google map link.
      • Where do we finish? Manly ferry wharf, where you started.
      • When do we start and finish? The tour starts at 8:30 am and finishes at approximately 8:30 pm.  
      • What days does the tour operate? Tours operate on weekdays and some weekends and vary week to week. Check the calendar for availability.
      • Are private tours available? Yes! Private tours are available. Please contact us for more information.
      • Who can come? All guests must be over 18 years old. 
      • I don't like drinking. That wasn't really a question, was it? Maybe a wine tour isn't for you then, this day trip includes a lot of wine! Hit us up for a Hunter Valley day trip recommendation with less drinking if you'd like.

      Cancellation policy

      • Cancellations made 7 days or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
      • No cancellations can be made within 7 days of the activity. 
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        Went that extra mile

        Sean was an amazing host, he explained everything so well. He was knowledgable and went that extra mile to make us feel welcome and comfortable. He had cheese and wine for days and had the opportunity to see the wild roos jumping, he care about our needs and likes throughout the whole experience,this is a must do for anyone visiting Sydney, i could not recommend enough !!

        Best cheese I've ever had, still dream about it

        As a Sydney local, I always heard about wine tasting at Hunter Valley but never gave it much thought. My friend invited me to this experience and I do not regret going one bit! The Hunter Valley is such a jewel of Australia, and i'd go as far as saying Sean is too! He is such a lovely guide and makes everyone feel truly comfortable and excited for the experience. You can tell he's super well-connected with all the wineries we visited so we were able to grab some discounts on some bottles we bought, which is a total plus This is honestly such a valuable and special experience that caters to everyone. Not a big fan of wine myself but the amazing variety of wine we tasted was undeniably exquisite and the cheese was divine - best cheese I've ever had, still dream about it. The experience was super immersive and the people we encountered through the experience were so hospitable and friendly. You can't get an experience like this anywhere else in the world, like where else in the world would you be able to step out of a car and walk up super close to wild kangaroos? Sean just made the experience that much better. Would definitely recommend to all!

        Experience was amazing

        Ive always lived in Sydney and have never really explored much of Australia and after I heard about the Hunter Valleys wine tasting and cheese sampling (I LOVE cheese) from my sister I really wanted to go so I did research and came across Seans tour- it was PERFECT! They covered the main wines I wanted to try, we had different types of cheeses and paired them with wine, we saw the nature and story behind the Hunter Valley and we all become really good mates. Sean is such a lovely person who oozes with passion for his tour. He made everyone feel welcome and showed his expertise about wines and cheeses throughout and also his bond with the people in the Hunter Valley. Overall, the experience was amazing and I couldnt of asked for a more special and memorable day spent amongst the Kangaroos!

        Definitely recommend!

        So happy I went on this tour! Sean was an absolute gem. He was so kind and patient and he also knows his wines! We went to some of the best wineries in Hunter Valley. Overall great day with a great group of people. I definitely recommend!

        Such a wonderful trip!!

        We greatly enjoyed our experience. Sean has a way of connecting with the group and making everyone feel comfortable with each other despite not knowing each other prior. He accommodated preferences and gave us a real, personal experience. Not only did my husband and I enjoy the day but my mom is also raving about it. He really knew how to incorporate all ages and backgrounds. Thanks for such a wonderful trip!!