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The town of Cessnock houses many fine galleries restaurants and guesthouses and is conveniently located 53kms by road west of Newcastle and 120kms north of Sydney.
The local area known as “The Coalfields” is now the gateway city to the world famous Hunter Valley.
As well as vineyards and wineries there are fine restaurants, motels, cabins, guest houses and galleries. Wine-related tourism has also created opportunities for other attractions, such as the historic Marthaville Arts and Crafts Centre, Wollombi Village, the Richmond Main Mining Museum and the Richmond Vale Railway.
Other primary industries in Cessnock City include beef and poultry.
A few kilometres out of town is Cessnock Airport - a popular flight training aerodrome servicing Newcastle and Lower Hunter based pilots and students. It is very popular due to its large training area, which it shares with Maitland Airport and other Hunter Region aerodromes. There are two flight training schools (Hunter Valley Aviation and Avondale Aviation, now owned by Wollongong University).
The airport is also home to a helicopter joy flight centre. Early morning hot air balloon flights are also a common sight over Cessnock.
Werakata National Park is located within easy access of Cessnock offering bushwalking, mountain bike riding and picnicking. Werakata is located within one of the largest patches of remnant vegetation on the floor of the Hunter Valley. In spring time the walking trails are lined with purple, yellow and orange wildflowers like acacias and banksias. With an ample supply of food, threatened bird species such as the swift parrot and the regent honeyeater will be easy to spot along with several species of robins throughout the park.
The City of Cessnock covers 1,950 square kilometres and is surrounded by the picturesque Hunter Valley. Cessnock provides quality schooling (both public and private) and a range of employment opportunities nearby in one of the fastest growing non-metropolitan regions in Australia. This is due to light and secondary industry which has become a feature of the City’s recent economic development, with the production of aluminium, the processing of explosive equipment and mining support services now a significant source of employment in the area.