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Sydney and Hunter Valley retreat escape

Staying in luxe accommodation soak up all Sydney has to offer then head off to the Hunter Valley for a bespoke break with wineries tour

Luxe Sydney and Hunter Valley Wine retreat package Begin in Sydney at Potts Point accommodation, an urban oasis of only 20 rooms where history meets modern luxury, then travel up to the Hunter Valley for the best the region has to offer across the luxuriously appointed estate set on a private vineyard and surrounded by native bushland, perfect for food and wine lovers exploring the Hunter Valley! Enjoy unique locations with both city and country stays. We bring together unforgettable settings, award-winning dining and attentive service, Spicers Retreats in Sydney and the Hunter Valley are the ideal venues for special occasions and unique Australian luxury getaways.


  • Hire car – Audi SQ5 or similar
  • Boutique Potts Point Sydney Accommodation with luxury breakfast
  • Spicers Vineyard Estate Hunter Valley inclusive locally curated breakfast
  • Ultimate Hunter Valley Wine Experience. Each vineyard will host you on their quintessential signature wine experience to give you a truly premium and behind-the-scenes look into their vineyards and wine making process.

Spicers Sydney Potts Point: From the 19th-century terrace houses that comprise it to the ornate decorative filigree latticework; from the broad leaves of the majestic London plane trees to the hum of inner-city life – this is quintessential Sydney. A beautiful boutique escape. You’ll find an effortless blend of heritage character and contemporary feel. The long hallways, classic staircases, marble fireplaces and wooden floorboards are all stunning emblems of the era, while the cool slate tiles, sleek furniture and designer touches give the property a modern edge. Far enough away from the city, yet close enough to walk there easily, Spicers Potts Point is only moments from the Botanical Gardens, Opera House, NSW Art Gallery, Rose Bay and Kings Cross. And being located in one of Sydney’s most historic, charming suburbs, you’ll find an endless selection of nearby restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques to explore.

Spicers Vineyard Estate: Following a $6m renovation, Spicers Tower Lodge, Hunter Valley opened July 2022 and is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway. Having first launched in 1999, the exclusive retreat is built in a modern Spanish mission style, featuring warm, earthy textures and colours that blend into the landscape. The central hub is an enclosed courtyard paved with limestone and leads to 14 available rooms. Tower Lodge’s Sebastian Restaurant is inspired by the gastronomic destination of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque country and has a strong focus on locally foraged ingredients from the surrounding farmlands. Guests can also enjoy a food and beverage masterclass every evening from the culinary team.

Sydney and Hunter Valley wineries escape

Package features:

Stay in Potts Point, Sydney on the edge of the CBD, in accommodation that combines an urban feel with a welcoming and congenial atmosphere. Three Victorian terrace houses have been meticulously restored with their immaculate facades fronting one of Sydney’s most picturesque avenues. Arriving at the entrance of this historic yet modern boutique hotel feels like coming home. The interior is light-filled, drawing inspiration from Sydney’s iconic beaches and ocean. Potts Point is known for its fashionable shops, cafés and restaurants and easy access to Sydney’s world class attractions. With sixteen luxuriously appointed rooms and four suites, Spicers Potts Point is an intimate inner-city hotel unlike anything else in Sydney. The hotel offers a range of accommodation options, each with modern fittings and furnishings such as rain showers, Bose sound systems and working space.

Spicers Guesthouse Hunter Valley has a rich history in the heart of Australia’s oldest wine region. As the place where the local wine makers met, the retreat pays tribute to its legacy by delivering a warm and welcoming, relaxed luxury experience. Perfectly positioned to explore the traditional cellar doors and vineyards of the Hunter, Spicers Guesthouse is the quintessential
relaxed luxury escape. This reborn Hunter Valley institution embraces a classic yet contemporary design complimenting the local landscape with 45 thoughtfully appointed rooms and a stand-alone four-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen, dining and lounge area with a generous wrap-around veranda overlooking a private garden.


Hire Car

3 nights Spicers Sydney in a Queen Room with à la carte breakfast and evening cocktail and canapés at the bar all included. Wifi and select mini-bar snacks are also complimentary, as are gym and yoga facilities, located just a 50 metre walk away.

3 nights Spicers Hunter Valley in a suite

3 winery Ultimate Hunter Valley Wine Experience – Tyrrell’s VIP Premium Tasting Experience, Audrey Wilkinson master class and premium tasting as well as picnic among the vines and Brokenwood for an intimate tasting in the private tasting room. Your personal host will guide you through six premium Brokenwood wines (three white and three red) as you enjoy specially prepared canapés and a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery where you will learn all aspects of winemaking and delve deep into the history of Brokenwood Wines. Your tour ends in the barrel hall with the opportunity to taste pre-release Brokenwood wine straight from the barrel.

From $2,999 per person twinshare.

This package is based on 2 people travelling together with the above inclusions. We can adjust or augment any element from the hotels, to the car type or Sydney activities.

Please ask about Sydney hotel options and upgrades depending on the style you require. We recommend:


Contemporary: A 6 star hotel, and the most exquisite Fine Dining in Sydney. Crown Sydney Barangaroo in a Harbour Bridge or Opera King room.
We can assist with bookings at Oncore by Clare Smyth, the first and only British female chef to hold three Michelin stars in the UK, this is her first international restaurant. Her London restaurant, Core, was the first to ever enter The Good Food Guide with a perfect score of 10 out of 10 in its opening year. With an emphasis on sustainable food and paying homage to Core, Oncore is an exceptional dining experience overlooking one of the most incredible views of Sydney Harbour from level 26 of Crown Sydney. Also onsite Nobu. Internationally renowned Chef, Nobu Matsuhisa – known to the world as “Nobu” has opened his new restaurant at Crown Sydney. It joins sister properties Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth as the exclusive Australian destinations for Nobu’s sublime dining experience.
I have stayed here and can absolutely recommend!
Classic:  Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour Club Junior Suite, with King Bed, & Harbour View (+Club Millésime Benefits). Located right in Darling Harbour. Classic French elegance with Club level inclusions.
Funky luxe: The Old Clare Hotel in a Suite. Housed in 2 beautifully restored heritage-listed buildings, maintaining many  Art Deco features, a hotel carefully curated with curious travellers in mind. Located in Chippendale, in the land of art galleries, design studios, cafés and restaurants, it’s a place designed to keep the wanderlust going, an invitation to explore where you’ll leave feeling both rested and inspired. The rooftop bar and pool are worth a visit.

This package is just one example of many, that The Travel Co can offer you. Working with Bryce, you get direct access to an expert travel planner that can create a customised experience for you, based on your unique interests and expectations. Bryce has over 25 years of experience creating luxurious experiences for individuals just like you. Inquire below to discuss your plan and become inspired.

What is on in Sydney?

  1. Vivid Sydney: This annual festival of light, music, and ideas takes place in late May and early June, and features spectacular light installations and projections on buildings throughout the city, as well as live music and talks by international thought leaders. Vivid Sydney 2023 will take place from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June. It will feature dedicated food programming for the first time – Vivid Food – which will sit alongside Light, Music and Ideas. All the details on the Vivid Sydney website here Note dates and bookings launch March 2023!
  2. Sydney Festival: This month-long festival of arts and culture takes place in January, and features a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and events, including theatre, dance, music, and visual arts.
  3. Sydney Worldpride 2023 Mardi Gras: This annual celebration of LGBTQI+ culture takes place in February or March, and features a colourful parade, parties, and cultural events.
  4. Royal Easter Show: This annual agricultural show takes place in April, and features a wide range of exhibits and competitions, including livestock, farm produce, and handicrafts, as well as rides and games for all ages.
  5. SXSW Sydney 15 – 22 October 2023. For the first time since 1987, the iconic SXSW is heading out of Austin TX and making its way to Sydney in 2023. The harbour city will play host to a collision of creativity and culture, forming the centre-point for change-makers over a week-long celebration. Connecting the world’s most awe-inspiring thinkers, creators and innovators, SXSW Sydney will showcase diverse topics, people and free-roaming ideas across Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology, Innovation and culture. Full details here. 
  6. Christmas in the City: During the festive season, Sydney transforms with a range of Christmas events such as Carols in the Domain, Christmas markets and lights displays throughout the city.
Sydney: the CBD is packed with shops, bars and eateries

Local Sauce Tours – we love a secret bar!…Drink & discover secret bars of Sydney…
Soak up some Sydney/Warrane culture and take all the hard work out of finding the best bars with their new bi-weekly tour, the Drink & Discover Secret Bar Crawl. The tour explores Sydney/Warrane’s most vibrant nightlife neighbourhoods such as The Rocks, Surry Hills, and the city’s YCK laneways. Thursday night tours are the exciting new addition where Local Sauce guides take guests to The Rocks and Circular Quay, two fantastic locations thrumming with unique cocktail bars and spirit distilleries.
Hop on the Local Sauce Tours website for more information.

The Rover has unveiled the final phase of its reinvigoration with the opening of its British-inspired seafood bistro, located upstairs at the Surry Hills bar. Featuring a daily rotation of oysters, the coastal menu also features caviar and potato chips, raw scallop with horseradish
cream, cucumber and dill oil and a selection of cold poached crustaceans. More substantial dishes include Turbot chunk with pil pil and sauce vierge and a whole flathead served with clams and garlic. With a carefully curated drinks list and striking interior, The Rover’s newest restaurant is a must try for seafood lovers. Head to the website to make a booking.

Pour as little or as much as you like at Buddy’s, New South Wales’ first self-serve bar. Located on the iconic King Street, the heart of Sydney/Warrane’s cool suburb of Newtown, Buddy’s sprawls across two levels with alfresco footpath dining, the space is designed with conversation in mind, whether with friendly strangers or strange friends. Head upstairs to the dedicated event space and catch live music, DJs, gallery nights or a host of special events. With a selection of over 30 taps of craft beers, house-made cocktails, premium wines and a food menu inspired by long lunches with friends; a night at Buddy’s is a night of sharing, exploring, and spontaneity.
Check out Buddy’s Instagram to learn more.

What about…
• Ferries to Manly, Luna Park or Taronga Zoo
• Royal Botanical Gardens
• Bondi Beach with fish and chips
• Rushcutter’s Bay
• Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
• Culinary and cultural walking tours
• Local art galleries
• Private harbour cruises
• Shopping in Paddington

Hunter Valley

Newly opened, The Artisan Farmer brings a true paddock to plate dining experience to the town of Nabiac on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Three and half hours drive from Sydney/Warrane, Nabiac is full of unique shops and attractions, all dripping with classic country town charm. From the herbs grown in the garden, to the coffee roasted and the beef in the burger, everything served at this ultra local bakery, cafe and butchery is produced on site. With a dedication to creating vibrant culinary experiences centred on locally grown and sourced produce, The Artisan Farmer authentically delivers a dining experience like no other. Learn more about how the locals do it at The Artisan Farmer website.


• Private wine tours
• Hands-on wine blending
• Local produce tasting
• Hot air ballooning
• Spa Anise Day Spa (transfer to Spicers Vineyards Estate)
• Championship golf courses
• Local art galleries
• Hunter Valley Gardens
• Horse riding

Hunter Valley icon, Tyrrell’s, is a much loved Australian wine brand, family-owned since 1858.
Headed up by fourth generation family member Bruce Tyrrell, Tyrrell’s is home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines including the iconic Vat 1 Semillon. Since 1971, Tyrrell’s has been awarded over 5,000 trophies and medals and in 2010 was named “Winery of the Year” in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. Discover 160 years of winemaking experience with a trip to Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley winery. Visit the cellar door and taste some  award winning wines, take a tour and experience first hand the old oak vats and historic red cellar still in full operation. You will also see the original iron bark hut that Edward Tyrrell lived in and the Short Flat Vineyard, home of Australia’s most awarded white wine, Vat 1 Semillon, with its vines first planted in 1923.
Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard and Cellar Door is one of the oldest wineries in the Hunter Valley wine region. The 270-acre vineyard is named after one of Australia’s early wine pioneers.
Audrey Wilkinson planted the first vines in Pokolbin in 1866 and was an early innovator in the production of fine wine. Audrey’s legacy of ‘It’s all about the taste’ is at the centre of everything the winery continues to do. Located in the foothills of the scenic Brokenback ranges in the Hunter Valley, 165 km north of Sydney, the family-run business produces award-winning Semillon. It is rated a 5-star winery by Australian wine critic and vigneron James Halliday and has been named in the top 10 wineries to visit in Australia by Gourmet Traveller.

Brokenwood was founded by three Sydney based lawyers, John Beeston, Tony Albert and James Halliday, who paid a then record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Its first Vintage won Gold at The Sydney Royal Wine Show. Brokenwood’s single vineyard philosophy has grown to capture the essence of its premium sites throughout Australia. The first single vineyard selection for the Graveyard Vineyard was in 1983. Since then the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz has gained considerable international recognition year after year. The new and much-lauded cellar door opened in 2018 offering guided wine tastings and a selection of immersive beyond-the-cellar-door experiences.

Sydney: the capital city of New South Wales, is a city with a rich history that spans back to the arrival of the first European settlers in 1788. Here are a few historical highlights –

  1. The Sydney Opera House: This iconic building, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, was opened in 1973 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is known for its distinctive sail-like design and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.
  2. The Sydney Harbour Bridge: This steel-arch bridge, completed in 1932, connects the city centre with the North Shore and offers spectacular views of the harbor. Visitors can take a guided tour of the bridge or climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.
  3. The Rocks: This historic neighbourhood, located on the western side of Sydney Harbour, is one of the oldest areas of the city and was the site of the first European settlement in Australia. The area is now home to a variety of shops, restaurants and museums, and offers a glimpse into Sydney’s past.
  4. Darling Harbour: This waterfront area, located on the western side of the city centre, is home to a variety of attractions including the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, and the Powerhouse Museum.
  5. The Australian Museum: This museum, founded in 1827, is the oldest in Australia and is dedicated to the natural and cultural history of the country. It features a wide range of exhibits, including the history of the First Nations peoples, the natural environment and the country’s fauna and flora.
  6. The Queen Victoria Building: This historic building, located in the heart of the city, was built in the late 19th century and is now a popular shopping and dining destination. It features a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes, and is known for its ornate architecture and grand design.
  7. The Art Gallery of New South Wales: This gallery, founded in 1871, is home to an impressive collection of Australian and international art and is one of the most visited art museums in the country.
  8. The Sydney Town Hall: This historic building, located in the heart of the city, was built in the late 19th century and is now a popular venue for concerts, conferences and events. It is known for its grand architecture and is an important symbol of Sydney’s history.

The Hunter Valley is home to over 130 wineries producing a wide array of exceptional wines. It is recognised as a world leader in dry white wines made from Semillon. Hunter Valley Semillon is regarded as Australia’s unique white wine. We have a multitude of bookable experiences for you to enjoy in the area:

Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard:

Fortified and Fromage, barrel and cheese tasting
This is a truly unique and memorable experience for discerning wine and food connoisseurs. Guided by the in-house wine expert, your seated tasting experience will take place in the heritage listed museum space. Alongside sampling a range of premium wines, your host will deliver three generous tastings direct from the barrel where their fortified wines are maturing – an experience exclusive to this package. Wine will be delicately matched to Fromage, sourced from renowned local producers.

Tyrrells Winery:

Sacred Sites Experience
The Hunter Valley is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world. Their Sacred Sites wines are made only from dry-grown vines that are more than 100 years old and on their own roots. The origins of most of these vines lie in the Busby Collection – cuttings brought to Australia from Europe by James Busby and planted in the Hunter Valley in 1832. These sacred sites are some of the most distinguished pockets of vineyard land in Australia, having survived the test of time and consistently making exceptional wines that have their own distinct character and unique qualities. In 2004, Tyrrell’s decided to bottle these wines on their own and today they’re among the rarest in the wine world, often available only on allocation. Among these wines is Old Patch Shiraz, which has been awarded a perfect 100-point score for the last four consecutive releases by influential wine journalist James Suckling. The Sacred Sites Experience is one of the most unique winery experiences available, and the only time the Sacred Sites wine collection is available for tasting.
Over 3 hours you will enjoy a private and personalised tour of Tyrrells Sacred Sites vineyards, located on the Ashmans property, followed by an in-depth winery tour and barrel tasting.
Finish the afternoon with a tutored tasting of the Sacred Sites collection, accompanied by a charcuterie board with locally sourced fresh produce.

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