Ellalong is a town within the local government area of the City of Cessnock in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. The area covers approximately 1,950 square metres of land and is about 40 kilometres west of Newcastle. Mining used to be the major industry in the area surrounding Ellalong but technological developments led to the closing of most of the mines in the area. With the decline of mining, the wine industry began booming. The Hunter Valley is known for their acclaimed wineries and vineyards and is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. Nature lovers also flock to Cessnock for its parks and views. The Plantation Reserve in Ellalong is a peaceful park that attracts families seeking a quiet holiday.