The Hunter offers visitors the choice of coast and country, beaches and mountains, wilderness and wineries, peaceful country towns and charming cities. Entering the Hunter from the south along the coast, you will come to Lake Macquarie, Australia’s largest coastal salt-water lake; featuring expansive surf beaches and the beautiful Watagan Mountains. In Maitland, Hunter Valley, visitors can explore rolling green hills, rich agricultural lands and pastures, wilderness areas, bushland reserves and the majestic Hunter River. Experience living history in Maitland and Morpeth or visit Maitland Gaol and find out what it's really like on 'the inside'. Panoramic views abound in the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops, an 80,000 ha reserve. Witness Australian fauna in its native habitat, experience the peace and tranquility of ancient forests canoe in the pristine rivers or ride a horse through spectacular bushland. The townships of Gloucester and Dungog offer country charm and warm hospitality. "Upper Hunter Country is genuine Aussie Country Life. Historic Towns and Tiny Villages. Experience world class wines, stroll through National Parks, enjoy the thrill of a country rodeo, hunt wild trout in the high country, tour fabulous horse studs to see world champion track stars, mountain bike in real mountains or just relax along the shores of magnificent Lake Glenbawn. Singleton is an area rich in history and natural beauty and is well known for the quality wines produced. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, visit the wineries, Aboriginal cave paintings, aquatic paradise Lake St Clair, three National Parks and spectacular viewing points. Singleton is also home to the open cut Coal Mines and solar energy farm. Over 100 wineries offer some of the finest vintages in the world in Hunter Valley Wine Country. Welcoming wineries, fine art galleries, craft stores and some of Australia’s finest dining, typify the Wine Country experience. A feast of festivals focusing upon the great local wines, food, and music is on offer throughout the year. The Hunter boasts a wide range of excellent accommodation options throughout.