Contact the pub on (02) 49 901 256

For accommodation contact the Hotel on (02) 49 901 256 or email us at

The Australia Hotel is located at 136 Wollombi Rd Cessnock, just a short drive to the Wineries & Golf Courses of the Hunter Valley.


From Sydney:
Take the F3 heading North. Take the Cessnock turn off & follow the signs. At the traffic lights ( Vincent St & Aberdare Rd ) proceed straight. Turn left at the T section into West Ave. The Hotel will be in your sights, at the end of West Ave on Wollombi Rd.

From North Coast & Newcastle:
Take the Pacific Hwy south bound. Continue on at John Renshaw drive heading into Kurri Kurri. Follow the signs to Cessnock along Maitland Rd ( becomes Wollombi Rd ). Go through the traffic lights & 1km on RHS is the Hotel.

From Central West:
Take the New England Hwy. Turn off at the lights at Branxton for a scenic drive through Rothbury & Pokolbin. Turn right at the traffic lights in Cessnock, just past McDonalds. This is Wollombi Rd. The Hotel is 1km on the RHS.

During the great days of the south maitland coalfields, when the coal mines around cessnock employed thousands of men, 1 hotel sold Tooheys beer…. The Australia Hotel.

The 1st publicans licence was issued to a Joseph Sumner on the 1st of February 1923. Total cost to build the hotel was 23,000 pounds with the opening commemorated with a special lunch in the dining room.

Today the hotel is family owned & has been through several renovations & additions. Much of the 1920’s character still remains within the hotel & in Feb 2007 the adjoining motel was purchased.

Similar to the days of old, the australia is still a favorite watering hole for many a miner. The walls are a museum of mining memorabilia. Stories, photos, maps & an array of helmets & lamps surround the interior of the hotel.

A visit to the Hunter Valley is not complete without a stop off at the Australia Hotel.


  • Best Country Bistro NSW 2002 & 2003 AHA
  • Best Sporting Entertainment Venue NSW 2004 AHA
  • Lower Hunter Hotel of the Year 2001