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The Hunter Valley is far more expensive on weekends and during public holidays than on weekdays. Room prices jump significantly, and some properties insist on a 2-night stay. It's worth checking out the information board in the Wine Country Visitors Information Centre for special deals, including self-contained accommodations, cottages, resorts, and guesthouses.

In Cessnock -- Staying in Cessnock is a good idea if you don't have a car and are relying on local tour companies to pick you up and show you around the area.

Try a B&B

The Hunter Valley has plenty of moderately priced bed and breakfast options. Among them is the Hunter Valley Bed & Breakfast, 1443 Wine Country Dr., North Rothbury (tel. 02/4938 2193; www.huntervalleybedandbreakfast.com.au). Rooms cost A$135 Sunday to Thursday and A$195 on Friday and Saturday nights. Rates include a cooked breakfast.

Bunking Down in a Caravan

If you happen to be touring the country in a caravan (also known as a camper or recreational vehicle), the Valley Vineyard Tourist Park, on Mount View Road on the way to the vineyards (tel./fax 02/4990 2573; www.valleyvineyard.com.au), offers reasonably comfortable accommodations with space for your caravan. It has a range of cabins costing from A$95 to A$130 for two people. Prices are more expensive on weekends, and during NSW school holidays. Powered sites for your RV cost A$30 to A$60 per night and camping costs A$30 to A$45 a night. There is a restaurant, a campers' kitchen, and a swimming pool on site.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.