Make sure you book your accommodation early because it goes very quickly particularly with big name concerts. Sometimes accommodation gets booked before the tickets become available. Shania Twain on 8th December 2018 was booked on 9th February 2018. Book my accommodation options in Cessnock NSW x2 through www.aussiechillout.com.au
There are 2 main venues where the majority of concerts are held. Both these sites have details re: concerts, dates, information, restrictions on food and drink, transport and parking etc. They are both very strict about not BYO food and drink. You can order hampers and buy meals and drinks on the night. Read carefully as you don’t want to have things confiscated on the night. You are there to have a fun night and you don’t want to get off to a bad start.
You can go to the following link for a list of all the upcoming concerts. Go to www.hopeestate.com.au/category/concerts/
This is the place for ‘Day on the Green’ events: www.bimbadgen.com.au/whats-on/
Other Venues Occasionally Include:
Tempus Two, Hunter Valley Gardens and other locations
Click on Hope Estate and Bimbadgen sites for address and re: transport and parking.
If you have a designated driver the quickest way is via Allandale Road / Wine Country Drive through Cessnock / Nulkaba to Pokolbin turnoff. On big event nights the traffic is chaotic. Local knowledge there is a back way via Mount View Road zig zagging through the wineries. Bit longer in distance but pretty drive without traffic through the Pokolbin wineries.
More expensive but you can go to www.winecountry.com.au/tours-and-transport-listings and privately organise a bus shuttle service for you and your group. Alternatively ring for taxi: Cessnock Radio Cabs on (02) 49901111. The have some maxi taxis for groups. Get in early with these options.
Rover Motor Coaches:
Best option as they specialise in concert events transporting you from accommodation to concert and return at the end of the night. Great option if drinking alcohol and cheaper than taxi or private shuttle service. Just go the following web site, click on event, scroll down and select option that is closest to your accommodation with best time and book online: https://www.rovercoaches.com.au/site/index.cfm?display=269976. You can book concert ticket and transport ticket combo online as well. Transport for night is from $20 per person upwards. Hampers can be added to checkout for $119 for two persons.