Arts, culture and heritage in Paterson

The best way to explore the mid-19th century historic sites of Paterson, such as Paterson Historical Court House Museum and St Ann's Presbyterian Church, is on foot. Pick up a local walking map to go wandering along the town's main streets.

  • Tocal Homestead
  • CBC Bed and Breakfast Café

About Paterson

Paterson is one of the historic towns of the Hunter Valley, 18 km north of Maitland. This small, picturesque village has a mountain backdrop by the Paterson River. Once a busy river port, Paterson today offers a relaxing break with cosy accommodation, old country pubs and perfect picnic spots.

When you're planning your Hunter itinerary, why not add include a trip to Paterson. Don't miss the Tocal Homestead, an impressive Regency mansion set among fig trees and overlooking the river. If you're interested in local history, the Paterson Historical Court House Museum and Paterson Rail Motor Museum are well worth a visit. From Paterson, you can also set out on other adventures in the area, including Barrington Tops National Park or the wineries of the Hunter Valley.

Be sure to check the calendar for local events, such as the Rail Motor Society Open Day, Peek into the Past and the Paterson Classic Car and Bike Show.

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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.


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