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.

Rail Motor Society Open Day - Paterson

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.

Newcastle Airport

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 Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.


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  1. Living History Farm

    Thursday 03 May 2018 , Dungog

    Paterson Historical Society has a special guest speaker which is Pete Watson, Director of Howell Living History Farm, New Jersey USA. He will talk about how the Living History Farm operates using real-life work practices from the 1890s to t…

    03 May
  2. Tocal Field Days

    Friday 04 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , 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 f…

    04 May - 06 May
  3. Annual Event CPH Diesel Shuttle Ride

    Saturday 19 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Dungog

    In conjunction with the Heritage Festival and leaving from the Rail Motor Society Depot you can take a shuttle ride on a CPH diesel rail motors up through the tunnels to Wallarobba and return to Paterson. On the day there will be old railwa…

    19 May - 20 May