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Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin

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Hunter Valley Gardens is in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country, located in Pokolbin, NSW, Australia. It opened in 2003 and is now open everyday of the year except Christmas Day. The gardens span across 14 hectares of land, containing 10 differently themed gardens, accommodation, a shopping village, rides/events and dining. The gardens are a popular venue in the Hunter Valley for weddings and events. Hunter Valley Gardens is the largest display garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
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  • This is the second time we have visited the gardens and they were as spectacular as last time. Our young children loved exploring all of the paths during the day then experiencing the lights and... 
    This is the second time we have visited the gardens and they were as spectacular as last time. Our young children loved exploring all of the paths during the day then experiencing the lights and...  more »
  • This was rather unexciting and disappointing visit. We figured we just want to go through the gardens, rather than see the Xmas lights display. Paid $89 bucks for a family of four to see a few lawns.....  more
    This was rather unexciting and disappointing visit. We figured we just want to go through the gardens, rather than see the Xmas lights display. Paid $89 bucks for a family of four to see a few lawns.....  more »
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  • Went here to see the Christmas lights display...was not expecting a display of nightmares. Some of the displays and statues are terrifying. I believe it was worse when the sun was still out, parts seems liked an abandoned amusement park. The biggest issue, pay $32 per adult and was not expecting large sections of the gardens to be fenced off. I was hoping to visit other parts of the garden for the amount paid. Also had rides (although more for children), but that was another cost on top. I understand there is work to the garden and lights, but this cost is a bit rich for what you get. 2 adults = $64 and can stroll around what is available within 20 minutes. Would feel this price is more justified if the entire garden was open or $20 per person (no more) for just the lights. Yes, when it is dark, there are no other lights around the other areas, but perhaps having it open for the last hours of daylight during the evening session would be practical. Overall, lights are generally great when it is dark. Some displays are...disturbing. Overpriced for what you get.
  • This is definitely a place of wonder. If you are a nature lover then you will enjoy the beauty of all the different plants in any season. But that can be hard with kids, right? Not here! The special events that run in the school holidays keep kids occupied with fascinating things to ignite their sense of wonder, but it is in the lush surrounds of nature that everyone is able to enjoy together. We had a kids meal and milkshake at the Cafe next to entrance and it was surprisingly good. The rides were fun but the Ferris wheel was unfortunately out of order - not ideal for the school holidays 🥺 hopefully it will be back up and running before our next visit. As busy as it was (being Easter Sunday w/ egg hunts), there were still areas out of the way that were quiet and almost secluded still. Great stretches of grass for picnicking were easy to find too. I would highly recommend the Hunter Valley Gardens to anyone of any age. Just be ready for a fair amount of walking 😉

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