Cessnock is the gateway to the Hunter Valley, the oldest wine growing region in Australia.
Cessnock is 52 km (60 min drive) west of Newcastle and 154 km (2 hr drive) north of Sydney.
Cessnock is known for its gourmet food, luxury or boutique accommodation, beautiful natural scenery, and its 1920s and 1930s architecture. It is the starting point of most winery tours in the Hunter Valley.
The closest airport to Cessnock is Newcastle Airport, 54 km from Cessnock. It is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican and Regional Express. Destination from the airport include Canberra, Ballina/Byron Bay, Dubbo, Taree, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, and Auckland (NZ).
There is also a North West XPT Train service which travels from Armidale to Sydney and back daily and stops at Singleton, 45 km from Cessnock.
Cessnock is home to more than 21,000 people, the median age of residents is 38 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 8% of the population.
Cessnock is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of population health for the primary health network area.
Cessnock Hospital is a 63 bed, medium sized hospital, with a 24 hour emergency department. Services provided include general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology, transitional aged care, minor paediatric services, palliative care, community health, residential transitional aged care & enablement unit, postnatal care, 24-hour emergency department and allied health services. Visiting specialist services include women’s health, paediatrics, antenatal, neurology, cardiology, gynaecology, respiratory clinic, general medicine, osteoporosis clinic, geriatrics, drug and alcohol clinic, mental health, liver clinic.
John Hunter Hospital is 42 km (40 min drive) from Cessnock and is the major tertiary referral, teaching hospital and referral centre for the Hunter New England Local Health District. It provides primary and tertiary trauma services, a retrieval service for critically ill, maternity and gynaecology services, medical and interventional services, surgical services and critical care.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Cessnock.