Hunter Valley YHA Hostel, Cessnock

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Just don't stay here!

Have stayed previously in this hostel last time in 2006 and had had great experiences. Returned this weekend with my husband and son and found the hostel to have deteriorated. We had booked a double room en-suite and on arrival the bathroom was dirty and the bed had not been changed. This was surprising as we had had to pay for both friday and saturday night even though we were only staying the one night. Asked for the room to be cleaned again and on our return there were still random hairs in the bathroom sink and the sheets still smelt used! The bathroom had mould all around it. The communal kitchen i can only describe as disgusting. On arrival it smelt of old fat and there was stains/dirt on all surfaces and the cupboards just stank! Wouldn't have dreamt of using it. This experience was all for the bargain price of $92 a night. We stay in hostels often and i have to say this was the worst one by far.

Andrea Moncur

The hostel was clean and the kitchen facilities good and it's in a good location, but the lack of air conditioning in the heat of summer was a problem. one large fan and an open window does not keep a room of eight people cool!


Situated two kilometers outside the town of Cessnock and on the edge of the Hunter Valley wine making region, the Hunter Valley YHA - Wine Country Lodge is a peaceful and relaxed hostel. Although not right next to any attractions, the hostel does have bikes for hire and the tour buses drop you right off at the hostel. There is a pub and small brewery within walking distance and the nearest wineries are only a bit past that. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, then the Hunter Valley is an ideal location to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The hostel has a few eight-bed dorms, four-bed dorms, and private rooms. The kitchen is basic but the lounge does have satellite TV and two pre-pay internet terminals. There is a small pool and sauna, and in an out-building there is a pool table and darts board. The laundry is very basic but there is a clothesline near the pool. The hostel is quite sociable but as the building is a lodge with thin walls, any noise after hours does carry and any wild parties would wake the whole hostel. The hostel reception can organize a range of activities for you (horse riding, flying lesson, hot air ballooning) and they run their own wine tasting tours taking you to a number of local wineries (normally four wine tasting sessions, lunch, and cheese-making shop).

The owner Mike runs the hotel he lives right next to the hostel and takes some of the wine tasting tours himself. He appears to have worked in tourism for a long time and is normally able to help out with any requests. The hostel reception also sells food for making your own breakfast and its own wine (which Mike makes himself). There is also a bbq and pizza oven for pizza making nights on site. One or the other is usually held each night when the hostel is busy. In terms of value, the food and internet are not really cheap but not ridiculously overpriced either. The hostel is pretty clean but at night there can be a lot of insects about as you would expect in the country.

In summary, it's a nice friendly hostel if you want to relax and enjoy the wine of the Hunter Valley, but don't expect everything to be right on the doorstep.

Robbie Samuel
United Kingdom

Hunter Valley YHA Hostel Reviews from the Web

Beautiful location and super peaceful. Really nice seating on the balcony outside the rooms with amazing views for brekkie or a cheeky drink, facilities were clean and fully stocked (kitchen etc) and staff were super friendly. 5 of us girls loved our stay there!



Hunter Valley YHA is located at the gateway to the Hunter Valley Wine Country.

Situated on 26 acres of land, its the ideal place to relax and to get out in the vineyards and try the Hunter Valley wines.

The YHA is ideal for backpackers as well as other budget minded travellers and offers the following room breakdown:

* 8 share dorms (ie 4 double bunks)
* 4 share dorms (ie 2 double bunks)
* twin/double rooms
* twin/double rooms with ensuite
* family rooms with ensuite

The location is fantastic in that it is close to the vineyards, to the town of Cessnock and only a short walk to Potters Brewery that offers meals, drinks and nightlife.

The hostel recently completed major renovations, now with brand new bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area; and a lovely new outdoor area with pool, BBQ and hammocks.

Wine tours are available from the hostel; and it's only a short walk to the local pub with meals and nightlife.Get out into the wineries, taste the wine, and local produce as well as meeting people and learning something about the wines.

Location and Contact


• SYDNEY - catch the train and bus to get to Cessnock and ring us for a free pick up from Cessnock. Visit the city rail website for exact times.
• NEWCASTLE - four buses a day - Monday to Friday, ring us for a free pick up from Cessnock. Visit the city rail website for exact times.



Address: 100 Wine Country Drive, Nulkaba, Cessnock (Hunter Valley), New South Wales, Australia

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Website Hunter Valley YHA Hostel Cessnock
Phone Number: +61 (2) 4991-3278
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Rooms


Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments



Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Entirely Non-Smoking

Luggage Storage

Genders: Males & Females

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Reception Hours: 8am - 12 midday & 5pm-8pm daily

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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