Lifestyle and Investment


You don’t have to love fine wine and superb cuisine to appreciate Cessnock City’s lifestyle advantages. Foremost is Cessnock’s relaxed, rural pace of life. Leave the stress and bustle of the city life behind, while still enjoying all the best aspects of urban culture. Move into one of the many semi-rural lots available in Cessnock’s picturesque villages.

Cessnock City enjoys large expanses of open space, a backdrop of natural and rural scenery makes it easy to unwind and appreciate the peace of our Countryside. However, you are never too far away from a good coffee or the comforts of urban life. Cessnock City has well established health and education facilities, and excellent cultural, sporting venues. Retail is centred around our CBD's in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Branxton.

The climate is temperate with mild winters and warm summers. Mean annual temperatures range from a minimum of 11°C to a maximum of 25°C. A variety of housing styles from city residential through to bush hideaway offers something for everyone. Whether you value the character of a heritage home, a rural retreat or want to create your dream home in a green new estate, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Cessnock LGA – at an affordable price.

Consider the many lifestyle characteristics Cessnock City has to offer:

Wine Country

The region is also Australia’s oldest surviving commercial wine producing region and Australia’s top wine tourism destination attracting around 1.5 million visitors each year to Cessnock and Singleton LGAs.


There is a vast array of public and private schools available to Cessnock City. Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools is a cohesive group of 14 primary and 2 high schools and a learning centre, located within the Cessnock area and outlying districts. There are also a selection of private schools with a history of success.

The University of Newcastle, 45km East of Cessnock City is renowned for its medical, engineering and architecture faculties while the Hunter Institute of Technology (TAFE) offers over 500 courses and annual enrolments totalling 50,000. Cessnock City has two TAFE campuses – Cessnock and Kurri Kurri. Situated within the grounds of Kurri Kurri TAFE Campus, the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy is the state of the art facility catering to Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management training. The Academy is the region’s first fully integrated educational and commercial Tourism and Hospitality training facility, allowing students to experience the standards of excellence required in an increasingly competitive and global industry sector.


There are two hospitals in Cessnock City - Cessnock and Kurri Kurri. There are also community health centres in Cessnock and Kurri Kurri and a range of supportive healthcare services operating across the whole Hunter Region. The Hunter Region has one of the most advanced health and medical systems in NSW, administered by Hunter New England Health. 

Leisure and Recreation

A large array of parks, pools, playgrounds and sporting facilities support a recreation culture. These facilities provide an invaluable contribution to the landscape of the City which is demonstrated through high community use of the facilities on a regular basis. Council aims to continue providing high quality sport, recreation and community facilities that address the needs of current residents and for future generations.


Cessnock City is a major regional retail centre, with active CBD’s in Cessnock, Kurri Kurri and Branxton, each with active main street activity. Cessnock’s growing retail centre includes a number of large retail operations, with major supermarkets, and several leading mixed retail chains (Target, Big W) mingled with small business operators. Recent investment in Kurri Kurri have seen the development of a Coles supermarket and expanding retail opportunities. The Hunter Expressway will bring greater potential for development in the Kurri Kurri and Branxton CBD's.


We value our rich history, with many of Cessnock's villages emerging from a prominent coal mining history. Today only one coal mine remains, and Cessnock City pays homage to it's history through its many Pubs that once serviced the Pits. Richmond Vale Railway Museum is located in the old Richmond Main Colliery site, 4km South of Kurri Kurri. The Railway Museum have regular events and running days where visitors can admire the heritage machinery that once enabled mining to thrive in Cessnock. Cessnock City has more than 300 known Aboriginal sites, as well as being home to many relics of the Convict built Great North Road. Cessnock City has fine heritage structures and a strong and proud coal mining history that interweaves with Scottish and Welsh ancestry.

Mountains and Forests

24% of the land in Cessnock City is National Park. The wild and beautiful Watagan Mountains encircle the Hunter Region and offer a range of leisure experiences from passive recreation such as bushwalking and climbing to experiences such as four wheel driving.


Enjoy top international acts on your doorstep with Hunter Valley Wine Country becoming an established and much loved venue for international performers such as Tom Jones, Dolly Parton, Carole King and Elton John. Opera and jazz are also regularly performed in the vineyards.

Cessnock City Council operates the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre which seats 466 and is equipped to cover professional staging needs. The Centre is the result of the adaptive re-use of two existing buildings that both hold local and social significance. A full calendar of events, concerts, plays, operas, comedy shows and light entertainment is available throughout the year. Cessnock's Performing Arts Centre attracts local and overseas artists and has become a popular entertainment venue for the people of and visitors to Cessnock City.

Cessnock City is home to one of two remaining Drive In's in NSW, with Heddon Greta Drive In servicing all of the Hunter Region for an enjoyable family night out. We also have embraced Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot Rods, and all things from the 50's and 60's era with Kurri Kurri's annual Nostalgia Festival.


Cessnock City has a number of cultural facilities and attractions including an emerging arts and cultural precinct in Cessnock CBD – including the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Marthaville historic homestead arts and cultural centre and the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery. Cessnock community facilities such as Cessnock Library also support emerging artists through regular exhibitions.Cessnock City’s natural environment, with its large areas of forest, grazing land and vineyards, has inspired many artists and craftsmen, with many of their works on show in the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and at the boutique galleries of Hunter Valley Wine Country.

For more information on Tourism or Livestyle investment in Cessnock local government area, please contact Council's Economic Development Manager on (02) 4993 4257.