It’s become somewhat of a tradition on Australia’s east coast; families travelling to see a spectacular summer light show.
The Christmas Lights Spectacular is held each year at Hunter Valley Gardens, a popular tourist attraction, just west of the New South Wales city of Newcastle.
The show boasts more than one-and-a-half million lights, divided into sections that, over the years, have included ‘the Eiffel Tower’; ‘Cinderella’s Castle’; ‘Alice in Wonderland’; ‘The North Pole’; ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’; ‘Nativity Scene’; ‘Waterfall’; and ‘Sunken Garden’.
Some of the more spectacular individual items that have highlighted the annual show include a five metre plane piloted by Santa; a three-metre whale; and a dazzling pegasus.
There has also been a giant beehive and an integrated display of animatronic ‘Mega Creatures’, including a T-Rex; Stegosaurus; Triceratops and Spinosaurus.
The Christmas lights gives an added sparkle to many of the usual attractions at Hunter Valley Gardens. A waterfall and many of the viewing pavilions, for example, are usually aglow with dancing lights.
Nestled in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, Hunter Valley Gardens covers more than 60 acres.
The attraction boasts more than eight kilometres of walking paths, allowing visitors to experience 10 individual feature gardens.