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Singleton (population 21 000) is a town in the Hunter Valley region of the Australian state of New South Wales. Major industries include coal mining, power generation, dairy farming, and viticulture.

The Singleton area is rich in both aboriginal and white history. The fledgling colony of NSW discovered the area around 1820 and it was originally named St Patricks Plains. The Singleton Information Centre [1] should be your first port of call.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Singleton is a one and a quarter hour drive from Newcastle on the New England Highway. Singleton is almost exactly 200km North of Sydney by road via the F3 freeway and link roads through Cessnock & Branxton. Brisbane is about under 900km to the North via the New England Highway.

The Putty Road, a picturesque route through Wollemi National Park, connects Singleton to Sydney's western suburbs.

A little further off the beaten track is the Wollombi Road which follows sections of the original Great North Road into the region, now also know as the Convict Trail [2], this links to Sydney and the Central Coast via areas such as Peats Ridge, St Albans and Wiseman's Ferry. Parts of the route are unsealed.

By train[edit]

Cityrail [3] and Countrylink [4] provide services that stop at Singleton on the Hunter line. When catching Cityrail trains from Newcastle, be sure to board a Hunter line train bound for Scone (those headed for Dungog divert at Maitland and will not pass through Singleton).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Singleton sundial. Reputed as the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the world's largest. Located in Rose Point Park (just behind the Gowrie St Mall carpark, off John St).
  • Infantry Museum (02 6570 3202, W-Su 9AM-4PM). The collection includes an extensive range of small arms.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Heritage Walk - a brochure is available from the Visitor Information Centre (39 George St, 02 6571 5888 or 1800 449 888).
  • Each year, Singleton plays host to the Festival of Wine and Roses.
  • See the Singleton Art Prize, held over several days in early July each year.
  • Rose Point Cinemas [5] (21 Ryan Ave, 02 6571 5253).

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant (218 John St, 02 6572 2959) is a must for serious curry lovers. Specialties of this restaurant include the naan bread and the daal. The spiciness of many dishes can be altered to cater for specific tastes (on a scale from "mild" to the intense "H4"!).
  • Henri's Brasserie (85 John St, 02 6571 3566).

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Imperial Hotel, 183 John St (corner of John St and Elizabeth St), +61 2 6572 1920 (fax: +61 2 6571 3957). This brick rendered hotel dates from 1881. This pub is popular with the locals, and it has a restaurant and parking. Know by locals as "The Impy".  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Country Motor Inn, Corner George St & Hunter Str, +61 2 65722388, [6]. 3-star motel in the middle of Singleton, right on the highway. Budget room: $68 single, $78 double. Standard room: $89 single, $99 double.  edit
  • Quality Inn Charbonnier Hallmark, 44 Maitland Road, +61 2 65722333, [7]. 4-star accommodation. Rooms for 2 from $145/night.  edit

Cope[edit]

  • Singleton's local newspaper is the Singleton Argus [8].

Get out[edit]

  • The village of Broke is a short drive from Singleton, and is located within one of the Hunter Valley's main grape-growing areas.
  • Visit Lake St Clair (also known as Glennies Creek Dam), a 1540 ha dam completed in 1983. There are various recreational facilities, including camping sites, picnic-barbecue areas and a boat ramp.



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