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Hunter Valley, New South Wales

The Hunter Valley is famous for many things, chief amongst them being its status as one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. Located just a couple of hundred kilometres north of Sydney, it is also a favourite with tourists (not just for the wine, it’s also incredibly scenic) and is called home by some of Australia’s top horse breeders.

But the Hunter Valley’s chief businesses are still coal mining and generating electricity. The Hunter is coal rich, it’s close to Sydney, it’s close to the port at Newcastle – so it makes sense that you’ll find Australia’s largest coalmining companies there (including BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto), either exporting their coal or feeding the region’s six coal-fired power stations.

The great thing about the Hunter region is that because it’s so big - it’s home to 645,000 people - there are opportunities to live in whatever kind of centre you desire. Whether a bigger city, like Newcastle, or small country towns and villages, you can live surrounded by concrete or bushland. You can check out the areas, what kind of events they have on each year, what their attractions are, and so on, at the Visit Hunter website. It’s for tourists, but it will give you an idea of the five main areas:

  • Barrington
  • Hunter Valley
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Newcastle
  • Upper Hunter

As you might expect, being so close to Sydney and having such a big population spread across the region, Hunter is well-resourced in terms of schools, hospitals, sporting facilities, cultural groups, leisure opportunities and so on. Whether you like surfing or bushwalking, there is something for you in the Hunter Valley.

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