The Hunter Valley is a region of Australia north of Sydney - known for its fine vineyards, horse breeding, and tourism along the mighty Hunter River.
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Background on Australias Hunter Valley Region: The Hunter Region, more commonly known as the Hunter Valley, is a region of New South Wales, Australia, extending from approximately 120 km (75 mi) to 310 km (193 mi) north of Sydney. It contains the Hunter River and its tributaries with highland areas to the north and south.
The Hunter Valley is one of the largest river valleys on the NSW coast, and is most commonly known for its vineyards, horse breeding, and tourism along the mighty Hunter River. Over 30,000 years ago the Wonnarua tribe of aboriginal Australians inhabited the land that is now known as the Hunter Valley region. Along with the Worimi tribe to the north and the Awabakal to the south, the Wonnarua developed a trading route connecting the Coquun (Hunter) Valley to the harbour now known as Sydney harbour.
The history of Hunter Valley begins with the European settlement of the Sydney and the New South Wales region of Australia in the late 18th century as a colony of the British Empire. The Hunter River itself was discovered, by accident, in 1797 by British Lieutenant John Shortland. The region soon became a valuable source for timber and coal that fuelled the steamship trade coming out of Sydney..