Where do I begin ?? Wine, cheese, more wine.. and pharmacy of course. Our first tourist destination in the Hunter Valley was Pokolbin Village. A cute collection of gift shops, cafés, cellar doors, brewery, and also the Pokolbin Village Pharmacy. I popped in and ended up staying a while chatting with John the owner. There are just 3 staff here. A welcoming change from the previous pharmacy he owned which had 47 staff. The opening hours here are 10am to 5pm. Omg how nice would that be ! I was there about 4:30 and there weren't any customers at that time. Saturday is their busiest day and can see him selling up to 80 hats - almost equalling script numbers! There were other interesting items for sale - earphones, selfie sticks, underwear (lovely, eco, bamboo ones that I sort of wanted to buy but would have felt awkward doing so). Pokolbin is the sort of up-market, charming, village pharmacy that sells only a handful of nurofen plus ( but probably plenty of Panadol for all the wine hangovers!) This is place where the most troublesome of customer is the happy wine-drunk kind. They may knock something over, but will buy a bunch of stuff they'll never remember (and probably never needed). Wow. When can I start working here?!
We also did the obligatory wine and cheese tastings and lots more in the Hunter Valley. I would return there in a heartbeat. See below for more of what we saw/drank/ate in the Hunter Valley