Cessnock sits in the Hunter Region of New South Wales approximately 52 km’s west of Newcastle. It is an administrative centre and was named after an 1826 grant of land called “Cessnock Estate” owned by John Campbell. Once known as the “Coalfields” it is the gateway to the Hunter Valley.
Historically, mining was the principal industrial base but the burgeoning wine industry and the flourish of tourism has now overshadowed this. The Hunter Valley’s wine-growing area in the Cessnock LGA is Australia’s oldest wine region and one of the most famous. Polkobin, Mount View and Allandale, are renowned for their rich volcanic soil and entice visitors with their open cellar doors and splendid varieties of wine.
Secondary industries to the region are aluminium production, the processing of explosive equipment and mining support services. A significant source of employment to the region comes from Newcastle, Maitland and Singleton.
Support infrastructure across the city now includes two hospitals, two TAFE campuses, schools and community support services, championship golf courses and as the city is linked by large expanses of natural vegetation there are high quality sporting facilities, grounds and parklands.
As the town is bordered by several National Parks, tourists can indulge in bushwalking, bird-spotting or picnicking. Hot air ballooning and sky-diving are other pursuits on offer, and Cessnock Regional Art Gallery showcases the work of contemporary local artists.
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