Those who like the feel of sand between their toes will delight in being so close to the waterways of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens. Fishing, sailing, waterskiing, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, rowing – the options are endless.

For those who prefer solid ground there is an unlimited number of leisure activities to be undertaken in the region, from wine tasting to relaxing drives. Nearby Maitland and Morpeth are home to some of the region’s best markets, craft and antique stores, and cafes. And for those that are willing to take to the skies balloon rides and scenic flights are popular choices for a fun day out.

On the sporting front, the Hunter is fast becoming recognised as one of Australia’s newest golfing meccas with four outstanding international standard courses located within 20 minutes drive of Waterford County. The Hunter is also home to world-class equestrian facilities and riding trails, gymnasiums and swimming centres. The Hunter supports two national sporting teams; The Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League and The Jets in the A-League Soccer.