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Our History

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages proudly holds the distinction of being the first business of its kind in Australia. Established in 1975 by Ray Wilmott as Sunset Carriages, this trailblazing venture not only preserved the historical significance of horses and carriages in the picturesque Hunter Valley but also witnessed the evolution of Pokolbin into a flourishing tourism hub.

For almost 50 years, Hunter Valley Classic Carriages has traded from the same location, a testament to its enduring presence and commitment to the region. From its humble beginnings, the business captivated visitors with its authentic and nostalgic experience, offering a unique way to explore the stunning landscapes of the Hunter Valley.

Ray Wilmott's visionary approach recognized the importance of honoring and continuing the tradition of horse-drawn carriages, as Pokolbin transformed into a vibrant tourism destination. As the years passed, the business witnessed the growth and development of Pokolbin into a sought-after destination, attracting tourists from all over the world.

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages became an integral part of the tourism fabric of Pokolbin, offering visitors an enchanting journey through time. The business's enduring presence in the same location symbolizes its deep-rooted connection to the region and its unwavering commitment to showcasing the charm and allure of the Hunter Valley.

In 2002, the Lovett family acquired the business, ensuring its legacy would continue. Led by Frank Lovett, a beloved figure in Pokolbin, the business was renamed Hunter Valley Classic Carriages and continued to thrive. Frank's familial ties to the region, with his grandparents once owning the land on which many renowned wineries, including the iconic Hunter Valley Gardens, now stand, further solidified the business's connection to the area's rich history.

Under Frank's leadership, the business flourished, becoming synonymous with the elegance and heritage of Pokolbin. Visitors benefitted from Frank's intimate knowledge of the region's winemaking traditions and were treated to delightful carriage rides that showcased the beauty of the Hunter Valley.

In February of 2020, Donna Huckerby, a former employee and trusted friend of 20 years, took over the reins of Hunter Valley Classic Carriages. With her extensive horsemanship and carriage driving experience of more than 35 years, Donna seamlessly continued the legacy of the business. Her unwavering commitment to the betterment of the industry and animal welfare ensured that Hunter Valley Classic Carriages continued to operate with the utmost care and respect.

As the business approaches its 50th year of trading from the same location, Hunter Valley Classic Carriages remains a cherished symbol of the region's history and transformation. Its enduring presence speaks to its commitment to showcasing the beauty of the Hunter Valley and preserving the tradition of horse-drawn carriages.

With each passing year, the business continues to enchant visitors, offering a unique and memorable experience that celebrates the historical significance of horses and carriages while embracing the natural splendor of Pokolbin.

Hunter Valley Classic Carriages is one of the longest running and one of the most trusted tourism brands in the Hunter Valley Wine Country and the Hunter Valleys foremost experiential tour option. Experience the Hunter Valley Wine Country from the comfort of our spectacular Classic Horse and Carriage tour options.

We pride ourselves on providing, unique and experiential wine tours and private charters. In addition to offering immersive entertainment tour and experience's. Whether your looking to relax and take in the beautiful views from our classic Victorian Carriage and enjoy a secluded catered gourmet picnic lunch, a fun high energy wine our in a Wild West chuck wagon or be entertained with friends and family in immersive real world fun. We can offer highly enjoyable days that will create lasting memories.

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