Hunter Valley

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If you have to live in a mining epicentre, it might as well be one of the best-known wine regions in the world.

To most of us mere mortals, the Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s premiere wine regions. To mining aficionados, it’s coalfields central.

To put you in the picture, the Hunter Region starts about two hours’ north of Sydney and is home to about 590,000 people.

Heaps has been written about the region, so we won’t go into too much detail here. Instead, check out the websites below for good info on communities and towns, services and facilities.

Major coal producers in the Hunter Valley include:

  • Rio Tinto Coal Australia
  • Glencore Coal
  • Yancoal
  • Anglo American
  • New South Wales Energy Coal Australia (a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP Billiton).

Coal from the Hunter Valley is transported either to nearby Newcastle, the largest coal export port in the world, or domestic coal-fired power stations elsewhere in the valley.

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"Our family lived in Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley for two years. With three children under five, I loved that Muswellbrook provided my family with fantastic medical facilities, varied education choices including a fabulous preschool, numerous playgroups, sporting facilities and a couple of excellent restaurants to escape the kids every now and again. With Scone, Singleton and Maitland all within a one-hour drive, Muswellbrook provided access to all the major shops that a miner’s wife needs. The Hunter Valley is also great for recreational activities and day trips with access to the Barrington Tops, Hunter Valley Gardens, wineries, Lake Glenbawn and Newcastle beaches. I highly recommend living in Muswellbrook or any of the surrounding towns within the Hunter Valley."

- Holly, now living in Wollongong

Ever lived in the Hunter Valley? Tell us all about it (and we don't just mean the wines).