The Hunter is rich in natural assets that are presented in a diverse and beautiful geography.
Through pristine beaches, sub-alpine ranges of the 80,000 hectare reserve at Barrington Tops, large temperate forests and rainforests and boasting Australia’s largest salt water lake and the rich river catchments that flow into the Hunter River, the Hunter provides a quality of life that is matched by opportunity.
Stemming from its historic links as a coal exporter which began in 1799, the Hunter Valley remains one of the most significant coal and energy producing regions in the world underpinning a diverse and resilient business economy.
In the past 20 years the Hunter has overcome a number of significant disturbances to its economy that have showed the region’s resilience and ability to be creative. From the earthquake of 1989 to the BHP closure in 1999, the Pasha Bulker storm of 1997 and the ongoing drought in the region have highlighted the diversity of the economy and the availability of a skilled and flexible workforce.
The Hunter provides opportunities to flourish as one of the strongest performing local economies in Australia.