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.
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.
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.
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.