Singleton

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.

Lake St Clair at the foot of Mount Royal Range near Singleton

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.

 

The historic Ewbank, built for the Bank of NSW in 1884 in Singleton

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.

People enjoying local food and wine at Hollydene Estate Wines and Vines Restaurant in Singleton

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.

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Vermouth Cocktail Masterclass

    Tuesday 29 May 2018 to Saturday 30 June 2018 , Singleton

    Become a master in the art of cocktails with the region’s first vermouth produced by Margan. Vermouth has its origins in Italy and several of the classic cocktails using vermouth were invented there. Learn how to shake, swirl and sip a Negr…

    29 May - 30 Jun
  2. The Singleton Art Prize

    Friday 27 July 2018 to Tuesday 31 July 2018 , Singleton

    The Singleton Art Prize is one of the largest NSW country art shows and a major annual event on the cultural calendar of Singleton. It features a prize pool of over AUD20,000. On average 600 works are hung and all are for sale. This major…

    27 Jul - 31 Jul
  3. Tough Dog King of the Hunter

    Event dates to be confirmed: August 2018 , Singleton

    Tough Dog King of the Hunter brings you ULTRA4 racing in Australia. Tough Dog King of the Hunter is Australia's version of the world famous King of the Hammers from the deserts of the USA. Witness the marriage of Rock-Sports and off-road…

    25 Aug - 27 Aug