Enjoy wine tasting, outdoor adventures and beautiful heritage walks. Singleton is a beautiful riverside town in the Hunter Valley, with rolling vineyards, colonial heritage and outdoor adventure. Just north is beautiful Lake St Clair, a popular waterway for fishing, kayaking, sailing and waterskiing.
Wine tours & tastings
Relax at Catherine Vale Vineyard an acclaimed winery in Broke-Fordwich with award-winning Arneis, Barbera and Dolcetto from the Piedmont region of Italy. Sample organic cheese and olives at Ascella Organic Wines, the largest certified organic vineyard in the valley.
For local fare, enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch at Worn out Wares. An eclectic cafe and gift shop, you can find local artworks, produce and books. Check out the town’s events and time your visit with a food and wine festival.
For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, join Skydive Hunter Valley for thrilling tandem skydiving and an unforgettable experience. The aerial adventure takes off from Elderslie Airport, a light aircraft runway a short drive east of Singleton.
Other adventures include horse riding with Chapman Valley Horse Riding in the enchanting Howes Valley, surrounded by World Heritage national parks. Natural Adventures Australia offers guided bushwalking tours, including the Barrington Tops north of Singleton.
Begin your discovery on the Singleton Heritage Walk, a wonderful walk past beautifully restored colonial buildings. You can pick up a brochure for the walk from the Visitor Information Centre and start strolling at picturesque Burdekin Park, home to the Singleton Historical Museum.
Take your photo at the impressive Singleton Sundial, built with convict-hewn stone and one of the largest sundials in the world. For military heritage, the Australian Army Infantry Museum's fascinating collection spans colonial armies from Gallipoli and Passchendaele to Kokoda, Long Tan and Afghanistan.
Getting there & where to stay
A little over two hours’ drive north from Sydney and an hour from Newcastle, trains from Sydney also stop in this rural getaway. Places to stay suit various budgets, from rural retreats to hotels, caravan parks and camping sites at Lake St Clair, about 30 minutes’ drive north.
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.