About the Region

The Hunter region has a population of 620,000, nearly 200km of coastline and covers an area of 29,000 km2. We’re home to spectacular valleys and mountain ranges, tranquil forests, sparse rural landscapes, unspoilt beaches, rivers and waterways, heritage architecture, charming country towns and sprawling vineyards.

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Local Councils

The Hunter region consists of eleven local councils:

  • Cessnock
  • Dungog
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Maitland 
  • MidCoast Council
  • Muswellbrook
  • Newcastle
  • Port Stephens
  • Singleton
  • Upper Hunter
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Getting here and around


Newcastle Airport is the Hunter’s major regional airport, and is just a short 30 minute flight from Sydney. Direct flights to all major cities on the eastern seaboard are available daily.


Head north from Sydney on the M1 Pacific Motorway and admire the shores of Lake Macquarie as you enter the gateway to the Hunter region, arriving in Newcastle in under 2 hours.

The Hunter’s compact geography means you can reach
any of our stunning and diverse locations in a matter of hours. Drive through farmland, forests and mountains to the coast, all within 3 hours of Sydney.



Temperature: the average temperature in summer (December-February) is 27.2oC (80oF), and in the winter months (June-August) the temperature ranges from 4.4oC to 17.1oC (40oF to 60oF).


Time zones

The Hunter operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is equal to UTC +10 (from the first Sunday in April to the first Saturday in October). During the warmer months of the year (from the first Sunday in October to the first Saturday in April), we observe Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST), during which clocks are advanced one hour, equal to UTC +11.

Time differences between Australia, Asia, the US and Europe can be used to great advantage.