It ain’t all sipping old merlot and spitting into wooden buckets. Take note: the Hunter is now hip! Here’s our under-30s guide to the Hunter Valley, including all the best things you didn’t know were available to you in Sydney’s satellite locale. Think music festivals, skydiving, go karting and cute animals!

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Music in the Hunter Valley doesn’t have to be all acoustic sets with 40,000 people, listening to old hits written 65+ years ago by rock legends from overseas. Forget the picnic blankets, leave the foie gras at home. The Hunter has new and exciting festivals, with food trucks, craft beer and contemporary cool lineups.

For your consideration, FKA Festival is leading the charge when it comes to this youthful injection of music and colour, with a lineup featuring Kingswood, Luca Brasi, Ali Barter and The Jungle Giants. You can camp or stay in hotels, depending on your level of millennial-fanciness. There are also three ticketing levels, so if you totally can’t stand slumming it, you can upgrade yourself to special viewing platforms and private bathrooms. Baller!

FKA Festival is happening at Hope Estate Winery on the 13th October, so head here for full lineup and tickets.

Collage of artists playing at FKA Festival by Georgia Moloney