Paterson is a picturesque riverside town with fascinating heritage, grand colonial buildings and vintage trains. Soak up the ambience as you relax in old country pubs and explore the historic walks of this charming town, once a busy inland port in colonial times.

Tocal Homestead in Paterson, Hunter Valley

Heritage & homesteads

Explore the historic town on the Paterson self-guided walk, a tour of colonial churches, homesteads and a First World War memorial. The Paterson Court House Museum, open on Sundays, contains intimate collections of local history, including an exhibition on Australian poet Dorothy Mackellar.

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.

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

Steam trains & taverns

For fantastic rail memorabilia, don’t miss the Paterson Rail Motor Museum. It was the arrival of the railway in 1911 that ended the steam boats travelling between Paterson, Morpeth and Newcastle. You can also explore old steam and diesel trains at the Rail Motor Society.

Relax afterwards at the historic Paterson Tavern, with a Hunter wine and meal. There is also a great picnic area in John Tucker Park, overlooking the river. For a nine-hole round on the green, visit the nearby golf course. Check the events calendar for other year-round events.

Getting there & where to stay

Perfect for a midweek or weekend escape, getting to the historic town of Paterson in Australia’s oldest wine region is easy. Only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 50min west of Newcastle Airport, trains also depart from Sydney for Maitland and Singleton, via Newcastle.

There’s a huge range of accommodation in the Hunter Valley within easy reach of Paterson, from hotels and resorts to cottages, houses and B&Bs. Check out the delicious events calendar for foodie festivals, markets and events, and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.

Newcastle Airport

Fly into Newcastle Airport 

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach of Newcastle Airport. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines and shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport to Australia’s oldest wine region.

Newcastle Airport offers direct flights to and from eight destinations throughout southeastern Australia. Jetstar flies to Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast; Virgin Australia flies to Melbourne; QantasLink flies to Brisbane; and Regional Express flies to Sydney. Link Airways operates direct flights between Canberra and Newcastle six days a week. FlyPelican flies to Ballina/Byron, Canberra, Dubbo and Taree. Virgin Australia also operates seasonal direct flights to Auckland, New Zealand, between November and February.

Things to Do and Places to Stay