Wake early for a one hour sunrise hot air balloon ride with Balloon Aloft. You'll rise high above the vineyards of Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury and Broke, before enjoying a decadent champagne breakfast at Peterson House Winery. Afterwards, tee off at one of the Hunter Valley's championship golf courses including the 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed Vintage Golf Club. Or take a stroll through the enchanting 24 hectare (60 acre) Hunter Valley Gardens. Ten themed gardens, including the Rose Garden and Storybook Garden, showcase a diverse variety of botanic beauty.
Unwind at Spa Elysia at Golden Door Health Retreat, Australia's largest day spa. Indulge in the 170 minute Spa Fusion (AUD$310), which includes a Swedish massage, customised facial and pedi spa. Book well in advance for dinner at EXP. and delve into its tasting menu over five or eight courses with matching wines (AUD$135-$175 per person). The menu showcases local ingredients – many of which are sourced from the kitchen garden – and includes dishes such as Fraser Island spanner crab with ink pasta, Petuna ocean trout and native pepper berry meringue and lime.