With rolling vineyards, colonial heritage and outdoor adventure, Singleton is a delightful riverside town in the Hunter Valley wine region. Enjoy wine tasting, heritage walks and wonderful concerts. Just north is beautiful Lake St Clair, a popular waterway for fishing, kayaking, sailing and waterskiing.
Singleton is a little over two hours’ drive north from Sydney and an hour from Newcastle. Trains from Sydney stop in this rural getaway too. You’ll find country charm, city conveniences and special events, including classical concerts and recitals at Sacred Spaces in the Sisters of Mercy Convent.
Begin your discovery on the Singleton Heritage Walk, an enchanting wander 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.
For military heritage, the Australian Army Infantry Museum’s fascinating collection spans colonial armies to Gallipoli, Passchendaele, Kokoda, Long Tan and Afghanistan. Under the command of the Army History Unit, it is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, except on public holidays.
Places to stay suit various budgets, from rural retreats to hotels, caravan parks and camping. There are camping sites at Lake St Clair, about 30 minutes’ drive north of Singleton in the foothills of the spectacular Mount Royal Range. The lake’s boat ramp is on the eastern side near the campground.
Around Singleton are wine tours and cellar doors. Visit the award-winning Catherine Vale Vineyard, in the Broke Fordwich wine subregion of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. Nearby is the acclaimed Ascella Organic Wines, which is the largest certified organic vineyard in the valley.
For a bird’s-eye view of the vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, join Skydive Elderslie or 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 horseriding with Chapman Valley Horse Riding in the enchanting Howes Valley surrounded by World Heritage national parks. Natural Adventures Australia offers guided bushwalking tours of the UNESCO wilderness, including the Barrington Tops north of Singleton.