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You Know it’s Winter When it’s Snowing in the Hunter!


Hunter Valley Gardens' coolest annual event, Snow Time in the Garden, returns from 29 June until 28 July, bringing a month of wintery fun and frosty activities for all ages.


Witness the gardens transform into an icy adventure with ice skating, an ice toboggan, a massive snow play zone, and more.

Experience the thrill of gliding on the Snow Time Ice Skating Rink. A dedicated junior section provides a safe environment for the little ones to enjoy their first taste of the ice, while skaters aged six and over have their own section to skate freely.

Adrenaline junkies can test their speed on the Giant Ice Toboggan, a 45-metre ice slide where you can grab a tube and glide down at exhilarating speeds.

The Mega Snow Play Zone, filled with man-made snow, offers the chance to build snowmen, make snow angels, or simply embrace the chilly fun – perfect for kids of all ages.

Thrill-seekers can also enjoy Hunter Valley Garden's five incredible rides: the traditional Venetian Carousel, 25m Ferris wheel, super speedy Swing Chair, thrilling Superslide, and twisty Teacups. Ride tickets are $6 each or grab a bonus pack of 6 for $30.

To keep you warm, a range of winter beverages and hearty winter food will be available for purchase. Roving performers will add to the excitement with their entertaining acts.

Less than an hour from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is an easy day trip destination, but with plenty of accommodation options available, you may want to extend your stay and explore more of this picturesque region. Located within walking distance of the Gardens and all the Snowtime fun, Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens and Harrigan's Hunter Valley offer a range of accommodation options perfect for a family getaway.

Snow Time activities operate between 9.30am and 4.30pm, with the last entry at 3pm. Rides operate from 10am to 4:30pm, with the last ride at 4:15pm. For tickets and more information, visit


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