Denman (population approximately 1,800) is a small rural town located on the Golden Highway in the centre of the Upper Hunter Wine Region. Denman hosts spectacular views of rich pastures spreading out from the banks of the meandering Hunter and Goulburn Rivers. The town is situated on the bank of the Hunter River which meets the Goulburn River 2km south-east of the town. The Hunter River has a constant flow of water thanks to Glenbawn Dam at the head of the river system.
The township fulfils a role as a service centre to outlying agricultural areas. There are many agricultural ventures nearby, including dairy farms, vineyards, horse studs and beef cattle studs.
Wineries are the main attractions in Denman, and include Two Rivers and Cruickshank Wines. Olives are also on the menu at Pukara Estate and once a year visitors can taste all the region has to offer at the Annual Wine and Food Affair, held on the first Saturday in May. However, lovers of nature do not miss out, as Denman also makes an ideal base from which to explore the Goulburn River and Wollemi National Parks.
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Goulburn River National Park
Goulburn River National Park extends along approximately 90 kilometres of the Goulburn River as it winds between sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves, providing unusually easy access to a variety of recreational opportunities. The wide, sandy riverbanks offer easy walking and spectacular camping sites.
Wollemi National Park
National Park is World Heritage Listed and covers an amazing 4876 square km,
making it NSW's second largest National Park.
Because the park is so rugged, much of it remains unexplored which means
the survival of many rare plant and animal species including the recently
discovered Wollemi Pine. Holding one of the State’s most picturesque Gorges The
Colo River and the Glow Worm Tunnel, it is a great place for sightseeing,
bushwalking, and camping and wilderness adventure.
Upper Hunter Tours
Take a tour with Upper Hunter Tour company and discover the wonders of the Upper Hunter Valley including some of the world's most spectacular scenery, thoroughbred horse studs, vineyards, Barrington Tops National Park and much more.
Pyramid Hill Wines
Pyramid Wines produce a wide variety of wines including Shiraz, Merlot, Verdelho, Semillon and Chardonnay. Pyramid Hill Wines offers spectacular scenery with vineyards stretching over 72 hectares and views of the dramatic bushlands of Wollemi National Park that provides pristine water to the vines.
Pukara Estate takes pride in the great care they take when handling their olives, from harvest to every bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil they produce. The Estate holds state of the art processing and storage facilities that gurantee fresh produce. It is located between the World Heritage Wilderness listings of Barrington Tops National Park and Wollembi National Park.
Callatoota Estate was established in 1974 by John Cruickshank and family. The medal winning wines vary in style from medium to full bodied dry reds and a delightful Rose. Callatoota moved the short distance from Wybong to Denman in 2007 and is now known as Cruickshank Wines. The established grape varieties growing on the Denman vineyard are identical to those at Wybong enabling the tradition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz wines to continue.
James Estate Wines
Surrounded by the Wollemi National Park, James Estate enjoys an enviable position with sweeping views of the Goulburn River from the spacious cellar door sales and tasting area.
Where great wine comes together! Located in the upper reaches of the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's most famous wine regions, Two Rivers is set on the outskirts of the picturesque Denman. The Two Rivers range features outstanding wines that are clean and fresh and represent consistency and value. The Two Rivers vineyard is set on the outskirts of Denman.
Upper Hunter Wine & Food Affair – May
This annual event is held on the 1st Saturday in May each year. The Upper Hunter Wine and Food Affair attract the best of the region's gourmet food producers, olive growers and vineyards. Many are small family-operated vineyards producing some of the best wine in the Hunter Region. Live music, taste testing samples and a fantastic atmosphere make for a great day out.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Charity Horse Ride - September
Bring the family and your horse to Denman on the 1st Saturday of September to participate in a great fund raising event to help the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Hosted at the Denman Pony Club grounds, the day begins at 8.00am with a 20-25km horse ride with the rest of the day filled with auctions, live entertainment and refreshments.
Denman Heritage Walk
Take a walk through the streets of Denman and relive the history of town.
Sandy Hollow Tourist Park
The Sandy Hollow Tourist Park is a 3.5 star park located near Denman in the Upper Hunter Valley. The park is set on 20 acres of natural bushland and features a wide range of accommodation options for holiday makers. It is a great place to explore the local area of National Parks and wineries or just relax by the pool.