A busy inland port in colonial times, 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, cradled in the beautiful Hunter Valley.
The arrival of the railway in 1911 ended the steam boats travelling between Paterson, Morpeth and Newcastle. Explore the historic town on the Paterson self-guided walk, a tour of colonial churches and homesteads to a First World War memorial. Relax at a picnic area by the river in John Tucker Park.
The Paterson Court House Museum, open on Sundays, contains intimate collections of local history, including an exhibition on Australian poet Dorothy Mackellar, whose visit to the area inspired her famous poem, My Country. Relax afterwards at the historic Paterson Tavern, with a Hunter wine and meal.
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 fantastic rail memorabilia, don’t miss the Paterson Rail Motor Museum. On the third Saturday of the month you can also explore old steam and diesel trains at the Rail Motor Society Open Day. Check the events calendar for other year-round events. There is also a nine-hole golf course and nearby vineyards to enjoy.
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 50 minutes 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.