Wonderful heritage and inspiring poetry

Explore the splendid heritage of Paterson, a charming riverside village in the Hunter Valley. Visit the Paterson Historical Court House Museum, which has an exhibition dedicated to famous poet Dorothy Mackellar, who spent time at a family retreat in nearby Torryburn.

  • Tocal Homestead, Paterson
  • Tocal Homestead, Paterson

About Paterson

In the picturesque riverside village of Paterson you’ll discover fascinating heritage, from colonial buildings to vintage trains to famous poetry. Enjoy old country pubs, delightful cafes and cosy accommodation in this charming area of the beautiful Hunter Valley wine region.

Paterson is a little over two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport. In colonial times Paterson was a busy inland port on the Paterson River, which rises in the nearby Barrington Tops National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.

Tocal Homestead, Paterson

Paterson Historical Court House Museum, open on Sundays, has a permanent exhibition on Australian poet Dorothy Mackellar, who as a teenager visited the family retreat at nearby Torryburn. A breaking drought in the area inspired the memorable lines in her famous poem My Country.

One of Australia’s finest collections of colonial farm buildings dating back to 1822 is at Tocal Homestead, set among fig trees on a vast rural property overlooking the river. The homestead is open on weekends from March to November. Groups may tour at any time by appointment.

Barrington Tops National Park, Hunter

For rail memorabilia, visit the Paterson Rail Motor Museum on the third Saturday of the month for the Rail Motor Society Open Day and explore old steam and diesel trains. Other delightful events in Paterson include the Paterson Gallery Markets, held on the first Sunday of the month.

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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