Paterson

In picturesque riverside Paterson you’ll discover fascinating heritage, from grand colonial buildings to pretty parks, vintage trains and famous poetry. Enjoy old country pubs, delightful cafes and cosy accommodation in this charming town in the beautiful Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region.

A busy inland port in colonial times, Paterson’s eponymous river rises in the nearby Barrington Tops, which is part of the UNESCO Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The arrival of the railway in 1911 ended the steam boats travelling between Paterson, Morpeth and Newcastle.

The historic two-storey Tocal Homestead in Paterson, NSW, Australia

You can take a scenic railway trip from Sydney to Paterson, via a train change at Hamilton Station in Newcastle. The train journey takes about four hours. Alternatively, the drive north from Sydney is a little over two hours and about 45 minutes from Newcastle Airport, where car rentals are available.

A delightful way to explore the historic town is on the Paterson self-guided walk. There are 20 points of interest, from colonial churches and homesteads to early 20th century buildings and a First World War memorial. At lovely John Tucker Park are picnic tables and barbecue facilities by the river.

Countryside in East Gresford, near Paterson in the NSW Hunter region

In the Paterson Court House Museum, open on Sundays, is 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 Sundays from March to November. Groups may tour at any time by appointment.

For rail memorabilia, Paterson Rail Motor Museum is intriguing. On the third Saturday of the month, explore old steam and diesel trains at the Rail Motor Society Open Day. You’ll find other charming events during the year. There is a nine-hole golf course, and the vineyards are a scenic drive away.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is only 25km from the city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine and door-to-door shuttle buses. Public buses operate from the airport to the city, Stockton Ferry Wharf, Nelson Bay, Greenhills and Raymond Terrace. There are also public transport options to the Hunter Valley. Please check the timetable.

Newcastle Airport offers direct flights to and from east coast cities and Adelaide.

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 and from Brisbane and Melbourne.  FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Mudgee, Ballina-Byron Bay, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Paterson New Year's Eve Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: December 2018 , Dungog

    The Paterson Festival on New Year's Eve is an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. In beautiful Tucker Park, beside the Paterson River, experience an exciting evening of live music, fireworks and children's entertainment. The…

  2. Annual Paterson Historical Walk

    Sunday 24 March 2019 , Dungog

    The annual Paterson Historical Walk will be held on Sunday 25 March, starting at Paterson Court House Museum at 1pm. Dr Cameron Archer AM will take visitors around the village and describe the origins of European settlement and the rich…

    24 Mar
  3. Tocal Field Days

    Friday 03 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Dungog

    Hunter's premium agricultural event, Tocal Field Days, attracts around 30,000 visitors and 400 exhibits. Highly regarded for its educational aspect, Tocal combines a genuine rural experience with commerce, entertainment, fashion, regional…

    03 May - 05 May