09 April, 2018
Last updated on 22 July, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
You don't have to be a wine buff to enjoy a road trip to Hunter Valley, Australia's prime wine region. Anyone with a little bit of interest in the wine making process or a huge interest in tasting great wines will have an awesome time at Hunter Valley.
That's why my mate and I got onto a Spaceships campervan and hit the road again. This time the campervan we were travelling with was a Beta 2S called Jupiter. This campervan is a bit more luxurious than our previous Alpha campervan. Plus it has heaps more space!
Starting with a good night's sleep
Hunter Valley is just over a 2-hours drive from Sydney (175 km). Our first stop was at BIG4 Hunter Valley holiday park to spend the night there. For just $35 (for the both of us) we had a great camping spot, access to the pool, clean showers and toilets. What more could a girl ask for?
We parked our Spaceships campervan and attached the side tent for some extra shade. Personally, I can never have too much sun, but every once in a while relaxing in the shade is nice as well.
Day 1: Tasting Hunter Valley
We started at Kelman Vineyard as it was so close to our campground. Therefore we went by foot. Drinking and driving aren't a good match. At Kelman Vineyard, we tasted some typical wines of that area. Plus, they told us all details of how these superb wines are made. Super interesting.
Our next stop on our tasty road trip of Hunter Valley was at The Garden Cellars in Pokolbin. Here we could taste wine as well, but also chocolate and vodka. We went for the vodka. We left our vehicle at the campground, so we didn't mind another round of tasting alcoholic beverages.
Day 2: Relaxing at the beach
After our tasty trip through Hunter Valley, we headed to Port Stephens. Time to hit the beach! We just love the beach. The first stop on this journey was at Fisherman’s Bay, a small and fabulous suburb in Port Stephens.
It was incredible. There was a small beach with a beautiful view. We had shopped for food before we went to the beach. In the afternoon we took our cooking gear (gas cooker) and cooked a feed with our compact kitchen.
Later that day we went to another holiday park, BIG4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park. We paid around $30 for one night per vehicle with two people. This one was more luxurious, with a big swimming pool and a small jungle to walk in.
Inside that little piece of nature, you could find wild koalas and other wild animals. In the water, we saw wild pelicans. All campsites and holiday parks can be found in the guidebook that came with our Spaceships. But you can also use the free Spaceships travel & camping app.
Day 3: Adventures at Caves Beach
On the third day of our road trip, we went to Caves Beach. Although it isn't that big, it's worth checking it out. It has a relaxed atmosphere. When the tide is high, you can be adventurous and swim inside a cave.
A perfect ending of our combined Hunter Valley and beach road trip. We made a quick stop on the way back and were back in Sydney before we knew it.