The broad stretch of undulating Hunter Valley land known as ‘Anvil Creek’ is one of those very special places that captures the imagination and demands a high quality plan for its future.

Over the past several years, Greta Estates Pty Ltd, have been working with some of the country’s best known architects, planners, environmental scientists and engineers, landscape and heritage architects and golf course  designers, to  create a masterplan for a truly great rural lifestyle destination in the thriving and growing Hunter Region of New South Wales.

From their efforts a design has evolved for Anvil Creek that respects its heritage, is sensitive to its environment and creates the foundations for a community that is uniquely Australian, a place that will continue the tradition of the region and foster a natural environment where people will want to live and visit.

Following a rezoning of the site by the New South Wales Government, Cessnock City Council has approved the masterplan, including Stage 1 consent, for a major residential and tourist development at Anvil Creek that includes a hotel and tourist villas; a golf course and clubhouse; commercial, retail and education precincts; a vineyard and over 1300 permanent residential dwellings.

In April 2014 the New South Wales Government approved a further refinement of the zoning to enable greater design flexibility, which opens up a range of exciting new possibilities for the site.

Timing and location have led to property booms in regional Australia as new infrastructure creates fresh opportunities. The opening of the Hunter Expressway (M15) in March 2014 has significantly reduced travel times from Sydney and Newcastle to the Hunter Valley, improving tourist access and opening new commuter and tree-change markets.

The Anvil Creek site offers a rare and exceptional opportunity. It is strategically situated in the Lower Hunter Wine Country and perfectly located to take advantage of the new infrastructure. The current approved masterplan for the development is exemplary and promises to create a highly desirable residential community and an extremely popular tourist destination. The added flexibility delivered by the latest rezoning creates new opportunities to vary or enhance the masterplan.

After more than 30 years of ownership and in excess of a decade spent obtaining the rezoning, creating the masterplan and gaining development consent , Greta Estates have decided to offer the property (with Masterplan and Stage 1 development consent) for sale by private treaty.



Located on 423 hectares of exceptionally beautiful land in the Lower Hunter Valley Wine Country, the primary entrance to Anvil Creek is strategically positioned directly opposite the Lovedale Road exit from the Hunter Expressway, which is the new ‘gateway’ to the Wine Country.

This unique location is less than one and half hours drive from Sydney and forty minutes from the city of Newcastle and Newcastle Airport, placing Anvil Creek within easy commuting distance to the Newcastle CBD and a comfortable drive from Sydney.

The site is close to Greta Railway station, a 10-minute drive from Cessnock Airport and only 20 minutes to the regional centres of Cessnock and Maitland. Well-known and revered in the Hunter Region and more broadly, the Anvil Creek site was once the Greta Migrant Camp and the first home of over 100,000 ‘new Australians’ between 1949 and 1961.


Rezoning – 2008

In December 2008 the site was rezoned to Residential 2(a), Genera l Business 3(a) and Environmental Protection (Conservation) Zone 7(b) by the New South Wales Government.

Development consent – 2010

Following the re-zoning, development consent was granted by Cessnock City Council for:

  • 1,364 permanent residential dwellings
  • A golf clubhouse and 150 room dual key hotel
  • 85 detached and attached tourist accommodation buildings
  • An 18-hole international standard golf course
  • A retail area adjacent to the new freeway interchange
  • An education precinct
  • A commercial vineyard
  • A village centre with a mix of uses to serve residents and visitors
  • An extensive network of open space

Construction of the works in Stage 1 has been undertaken, Cessnock City Council has confirmed satisfactory completion and the masterplan consent now exists in perpetuity.



Amendment to the Rezoning- 2014

In September 2013 an amendment to the zoning was sought to remove the restrictions created by the specific configuration of the previous R2 Residential, RE2 Private Recreation and RU2 Rural Landscape zones and provide greater flexibility for the design of the golf course and residential development on the site.

In April 2014 the amendment was approved by the New South Wales Government achieving the objective of having very few design constraints on the site.

The vast majority of the land is now zoned R2 Residential and a wide range of residential and other uses (including a 150 room hotel and a golf course) are permitted anywhere on the site, with the exception of the environmentally sensitive E2 zoned areas (see Rezoning Map April 2014). Additionally the whole site with the exception of the E2 zoned land is exempt from the minimum lot size provisions, allowing a wide range of dwelling types to be accommodated including small lot subdivision.

This allows a high level of design flexibility on the site and creates opportunities for the masterplan to be varied (subject to council approval) to take advantage of wide-ranging strategic objectives.


Created by award winning Australian architectural firm CM+ International and a team of highly qualified consultants, the approved masterplan for Anvil Creek provides an integrated and sensitive response to this important site, underpinned by sound environmental, social and economic objectives and principles.

The plan provides for a variety of housing styles, densities and price points, including apartments, villas, town houses, single detached houses, rural lots and medium density cluster houses, to accommodate a variety of demographic  profiles.  Each residential precinct will enjoy a variety of views including the vineyard, the golf course, and the distant mountains and hills.

The championship standard golf course has been designed by world-renowned golf course architect and winner of more than 64 tournaments, Graham Marsh. Woven along a natural line through the valleys and hills of Anvil Creek, it promises to become one of the great golfing experiences in Australia.

Importantly, the 2014 amendment to the zoning delivers greater planning flexibility for the location of the residential, golf course and other components on the site, creating the opportunity to revisit the masterplan and, subject to council approval, reconfigure the layout to suit a variety of design criteria.



Anvil Creek is ideally placed to capitalise on the growing economic strength of the powerhouse Hunter Region. The Region’s labour market is strong, evidenced by rising employment and relatively low unemployment. Residential demand in the Hunter, to accommodate people attracted to the area by employment opportunities and the family­ friendly environment, remains strong in an under-supplied market. The NSW State Government anticipates the Hunter population will grow by 160,000 persons by 2031 generating demand for an additional 115,000 new dwellings. Centrally located and within easy reach of the Newcastle CBD, regional business centres and the coal mines, Anvil Creek will offer a family-friendly rural resort lifestyle for new and existing Hunter residents.


Tourism is a key economic driver for the Hunter, worth over $2 billion in the year to June 2014, and the region has enormous potential for growth in this sector. Its proximity to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city and the main gateway for international visitors makes it accessible to important domestic and international markets.

The Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s oldest and best-known wine growing regions attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. It is the most popular NSW tourist destination outside Sydney and the sixth most visited place in Australia.

With the opening of the Hunter Expressway, the Wine Country has stepped closer to both the Sydney and Newcastle markets. The growth of Hunter tourism goes beyond the expansion   of the wineries, restaurants and cellar doors, with many hospitality and tourist related developments emerging in recent years. The area has become increasingly popular as a destination for concerts, weddings, meetings and conventions, all enjoying consistent growth over the past decade. Anvil Creek’s strategic location in a beautiful setting at the gateway to the Wine Country make it an ideal choice for all of these activities and as a base from which to explore the region.

Golf tourism has also become a focus of the Wine Country and the Graham Marsh designed golf course at Anvil Creek will be the third international standard, signature course in the vineyard area, alongside Cypress Lakes and The Vintage. This will create the critical mass of high-grade facilities needed for the Wine Country to become a major golf tourism destination. Research indicates that golf tourism visitors spend 60% more than average visitors and stay 50% longer (Tourism Victoria).


Located in the thriving and growing Hunter Region, Anvil Creek is perfectly positioned to benefit from one of New South Wates’ largest new infrastructure projects, the $1.7 billion Hunter Expressway.

With its main entrance just metres from the Hunter Valley Wine Country Interchange for Sydney and Newcastle traffic , Anvil Creek falls within easy commuting distance of Newcastle and is a comfortable drive from Sydney.

The population of the Hunter is forecast to grow significantly and the Hunter Valley Wine Country is one of most visited Australian tourist destinations. With the rezoning approved and development consent granted, Anvil Creek is ready to progress into the construction phase.

Comprising 1,364 permanent residential dwellings, a 150 room dual key hotel and 85 tourist villas set around a signature golf course, working vineyard and large areas of open space, Anvil Creek will be a place where people want to live or visit often.

Anvil Creek has been designed for success. We encourage you to discover more about this unique opportunity and to arrange an inspection of this extraordinary site.


During the decade long planning and approvals process a very large volume of detailed work has been undertaken. The work, which includes feasibility studies, has convinced Greta Estates that Anvil Creek has been designed for success.

In Addition, subject to Council approval, the 2014 amendments to the zoning present the opportunity and flexibility to create a masterplan that meets your vision in this spectacular location.

Greta Estates will be happy to arrange an inspection of this extraordinary site and provide interested parties with a copy of the Information Memorandum, which contains details of the location and site, zoning, development consent, market potential, masterplan, commercialisation and economic impact of the current planned development. Subject to agreement concerning its confidentiality, Greta Estates can provide copies of all documentation pertaining to the proposed development, including the feasibility study.

To arrange a site visit or obtain further information please contact Philip Blackman at Greta Estates on 0408 945 183 or by email pblackman@anvilcreek.com


Anvil Creek – Gateway to the Hunter Valley

Within easy commuting distance of Newcastle and less than 11/2 hours comfortable drive from Sydney, the M1 and the new M15 ‘Hunter Expressway’ deliver you directly to Anvil Creek’s main entrance.

Strategically located at the Lovedale Road exit from the Hunter Expressway, Anvil Creek is destined to be the new ‘gateway’ to the Hunter Valley Wine Country.



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