Cabernet Camping Choices – A Guide for Hot Dubbers Heading to the Hunter Valley

By March 10, 2017 No Comments

Park your car, pitch a tent, and come party with us.

It’s come to our attention that a lack of a place to sleep is putting a fork in people’s plans for Wine Machine adventures. It certainly looks like all of the AirBnBs and Stayz have already been scooped up for the weekend of Wine Machine (damn those organised people who book things early!). But if you missed out, your days of drinking and dancing at Wine Dub are not over yet! Why not consider camping? It’s way cheaper, anyway. There’s dozens of awesome (and actually really beautiful) bushland campsites nearby Hope Estate, that are currently available for you and your wino-loving mates to book. Plus we’ve thrown in a list of the last of the non-camping accomodation available, too.

So – load the Hot Dub Mixtape onto your car stereo, enjoy the scenic drive away from citylife and out into the peaceful countryside, park your car, pitch a tent, then come and party with us at Wine Machine.

Now that’s a plan smoother than merlot!

Please note that the Hot Dub staff does not guarantee any of the listings below. You are responsible for contacting each of the campgrounds individually and verifying all information.


It’s not recommended to drive into the gig at Hope Estate, due to traffic. Instead, take a bus. Rover Coaches run a series of luxe buses through the region with several pick-up points. Check their timetable to see where’s closest to where you’re staying, and book a spot on their coach.

20 minutes to HOPE Estate
103 Kirkton Rd, Lower Belford NSW 2335

Wake up in beautiful bushland surrounds in this family-run campground that’s long been the go-to for city slickers heading into the Hunter for concerts at Hope Estate.There’s also a shuttle bus running from Dashville on the Saturday night to HOPE Estate and back, and breakfast included in your stay (win).

The charge for camping is per person, tent hire is available if you don’t have one. Head in a night early on the Friday for some good ol’ fashioned fun, with a licensed bar, dinner being served up, and often, entertainment. Bookings essential – head here.

20 minutes to HOPE Estate
1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke NSW 2330

Large grassy campground on the beautiful Wollombi River, with canoeing and kayaking spots (NB don’t drink and kayak). Surrounded by bush, and has basic facilities (picnic tables, rubbish bins and toilets). No bookings required.

25 minutes to HOPE Estate
Broken Back State Forest

Free camping in state forest (no amenities). Overlooks Hunter Valley. No bookings required.

40 minutes to HOPE Estate
2994 Great N Rd, Wollombi NSW 2325

Large grass reserve, right next to the Wollombi Tavern. Toilets avail, no showers. Log cabins also avail. Bookings required via the Tavern – call 02 4998 3261

Maison Dieu Road
45 minutes to Hope Estate

Grassy areas, camp kitchen, amenities. Cabins also available. Bookings required – call 02 6572 2328

50 minutes to Hope Estate
*offroad, 4WD required

Free bush camping in the Heaton State Forest, at the base of the Mt Vincent lookout.
Access is from the Sugarloaf Range Road, from its entrance just below the Mt Sugarloaf Reserve picnic area, or from entering through Archery Road coming off Wakefield Road. No bookings required.


Villa Bella Vista

Cypress Lakes Resort

Blaxlands House

Best Western

Pindari House

Chateau Elan

Quest Singleton

Hunter Valley Hotel Academy

Mid City Motor Inn

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