Raymond Terrace

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Population 12700

Situated on the banks of the Hunter and William rivers just outside Newcastle, Raymond Terrace was an important wool-shipping area in the 1840s. Many historic buildings from that era remain today. The town is in the middle of a koala corridor thanks to the vast remaining eucalypt forests in the region.

Visitor Information

Communicate Port Stephens, shop 7, 42 William St; (02) 4987 5276


Nearby national parks

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    World Heritage–listed Barrington Tops National Park spans a world of contrasts, from subalpine tablelands and peaks wreathed in...more

  • Yengo National Park

    Steep-sided valleys, sandstone ridges and a web of creeks and rivers are contained within the wilderness of Yengo National Park. Part of the...more

Nearby towns

  • Maitland NSW

    Maitland is in the heart of the world-class Hunter Valley wine region, on the Hunter River. Built on flood plains, it has suffered 15 major...more

  • Newcastle

    Newcastle began as a penal settlement and coalmining town, with a shipment of coal to Bengal in 1799 noted as Australia's first export....more

  • Nelson Bay

    Nelson Bay is a coastal tourist centre that has remained small enough to maintain its charm. With outstanding white beaches and gentle...more

In Town

Sketchley Cottage: built in 1840 and rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1857. Displays include early Australian farming equipment, wine casks, furniture, handicrafts and photography; Pacific Hwy.

Self-guided historical town walk: includes courthouse (1838) and an 1830s Anglican church built of hand-hewn sandstone; map from visitor centre.


Tanilba House Home to the first white settler in Tanilba Bay, Lieutenant Caswell, Tanilba House was convict-built in 1831. Features of the house include decorative quoins defining the building edge, door and window openings, and high ceilings, archways and large rooms. There is said to be a resident ghost, thought to be an 1830s governess; 36 km NE.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens: over 2000 native plants and several theme gardens; Pacific Hwy; 3 km S.

Grahamstown Lake: beautiful serene lake with picnic facilities; 12 km N.

Fighter World: hands-on displays of old fighter planes, engines and equipment; RAAF base, Williamtown; 16 km NE.

Clarence Town: this historic village was one of the first European settlements in Australia; 27 km NW.

Tilligerry Habitat: ecotourism centre with art and craft and guided walks to see koalas; 34 km NE.

Koala Reserve: boardwalk through koala colony; 40 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 33 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching near Newcastle 19 km

A reclaimed 45-hectare wetland area just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle has been Ramsar-listed and is an excellent spot to see up to 213 bird species, including more than 2000 pairs of breeding egrets. The... Find out more

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 37 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 11 km

Advances in club and ball technology, aimed at helping players hit longer and straighter, have had a big effect on golf course architecture since the early 1990s. Many new developers have urged designers to stretch... Find out more

Newcastle Golf Club 13 km

Long before American Tom Doak became the revered course designer he is today, he travelled the world playing and studying more than 800 courses. He made notes on every one, before compiling them into what he called ... Find out more

The Vintage Golf Club 40 km

Hunter Valley semillon, with its zesty aromas and flavours, is sometimes described by wine experts as ‘Australia’s wine gift to the world’. Its appeal also lies in its capacity to age well. The same... Find out more

Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club 65 km

There is something truly inspiring about a golf course – whatever the quality of its playing surfaces – that offers the smells and sounds of the ocean. This is perhaps what first persuaded the Scots to use... Find out more

Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort 66 km

Throughout his playing career, Craig Parry has won tournaments around the world thanks to a mix of sound strategy, good ball-striking and a first-class short game. He brought those same key elements – golfing... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Golden Terrace Chinese Restaurant

What would life be like in a country town without an excellent local Chinese restaurant? Residents of Raymond Terrace never have to worry, with this little treasure nestled on the main road. This place is highly... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Steel River Brewery 14 km

Every brewhouse has its own distinct personality – new ones are punched out in uniform fashion and pretty much look the same, but pre-loved ones tend to have a bit more character and, more often than not, a... Find out more

Bluetongue Brewery 20 km

Set up in 2004 by a consortium of Hunter region identities, including wine man Bruce Tyrell and hotelier Ian Burford, Bluetongue Brewery soon established a significant regional market for its premium lager and alcoholic... Find out more

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 22 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

Hunter Beer Company 38 km

Potters Brewery, as this microbrewery is also known, might seem like a rather odd addition to this convention-based accommodation complex, which is named after the historic beehive-shaped pottery kilns scattered around... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wharf Reserve camping area 19 km

Ah, the serenity. Watch the sun set over the beautiful, tree-lined Williams River in historic Clarence Town, an old shipbuilding township 200 km north of Sydney and 50 km north of Newcastle. Coming from the south, take... Find out more

Williams River Holiday Park 20 km

This extensive and well-equipped holiday park in Clarence Town provides a range of accommodation styles, from tent-based camping to air-conditioned cabins. Clarence Town was an important trading port in the 1800s; today,... Find out more

The Watagan Track 28 km

This 61 km track from Flat Rock takes you through rural farmland and Awaba State Forest, past the Sugerloaf Range and on to the town of Teralba on Lake Macquarie. There are 3 camping areas on this stretch, and... Find out more

Tattersalls camping area 28 km

Located on the Karuah River, access is via Hobart Rd from Limeburners Creek. The site is for self-sufficient campers only and access is 4WD only. Bring water and firewood.... Find out more

Double Wharf Campground 28 km

This campground is accessed via Googes Rd off Hobarts Forest Rd. It’s 4WD access only, and you’ll need to bring your own portable toilet, firewood and drinking water.... Find out more

Bays Holiday Park 30 km

You can camp in style at this well-appointed caravan park on the Tomaree Peninsula in classy Port Stephens. As well as caravan and tent sites, there are 1- and 2-bedroom cabins and bunkhouse rooms sleeping 4 in each... Find out more

Watagan Headquarters camping area 40 km

Once a forest workers’ camp, this is now a quiet, grassy area ringed with protective native forest and blue-leaved stringybark. You’ll find it off Watagan Rd, 3 km north of Watagan Forest Rd. Bring your own... Find out more

Dungog Caravan Park 40 km

A quaint little spot by the Williams River, on Stroud Rd 700 m north of town, Dungog is a comfortable place to use as a base for exploring nearby Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest. There’s... Find out more

Gap Creek camping area 41 km

To get here, continue along Bangalow Rd for 1 km past Bangalow Road camping area. Bring your own firewood; gas/fuel stove preferred. Gap Creek is situated near 2 rainforest walks, one of which wends its way beneath red... Find out more

Bangalow Road camping area 42 km

As its name suggests, you’ll find this on Bangalow Rd, 3.8 km from the Mt Faulk Rd intersection, amid majestic blue gum and blackbutt forest. There are wood BBQs, although you’ll need to bring your own... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bellhaven Caravan Park 3 km

With good access to the Pacific Highway, this basic park has grassy drive-through sites ideal for an overnight stop. The town centre is only a short drive away. Bookings are recommended all year round.... Find out more

Australian Motor Homes Tourist Park 16 km

This park is designed for big rigs. Located alongside the Pacific Highway, west of Karuah, it is a great place for an overnight stay and popular with groups on weekends. The owners also operate a commercial fish farm,... Find out more

Stockton Beach Tourist Park 17 km

This park is located on the beachfront, just north of the port of Newcastle. Stroll along the beach, join in with the fishing on the breakwater, or just watch the large ships come and go. The park has large grassy areas... Find out more

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 23 km

Located in a quiet position a short distance from the Pacific Highway, this park has very good amenities and looks across the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a long jetty, good for fishing, and a limited number... Find out more

Big4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park 25 km

Located in a quiet area of the Port Stephens region, this is a quality waterfront park ideal for a family holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all... Find out more

Belmont Pines Lakeside Holiday Park 34 km

Not far south of the city of Newcastle, this park is in a superb position on the shores of Lake Macquarie, in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It faces north, with great views across the water. It is a good family park... Find out more

One Mile Beach Holiday Park 34 km

This quality, award-winning caravan park is located in the popular Port Stephens region, just a few kilometres south of Nelson Bay. Set alongside a popular surf beach, it has excellent amenities and great recreational... Find out more

Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park 37 km

This large, council-operated park is located in a quiet area on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Facilities are good and include tennis courts and a half court basketball area. There are a small number of absolute... Find out more

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park 37 km

A very appealing park with modern amenities, this place is just 100 metres from the surf club. The photos in reception are testament to its popularity with caravan clubs. We like it. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Halifax Holiday Park 39 km

Close to the centre of Nelson Bay, this well-maintained tourist park adjoins a busy public boat ramp on the eastern shores of Port Stephens. There are often people cleaning their catch near the boat ramp and numerous... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Motto Farm Motel

Motto Farm Motel is conveniently located in a central position in Raymond Terrace. The 80 guest rooms cater to all tastes and budgets, with deluxe spa rooms, family units, standard and basic guest rooms. Situated amid... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 32 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 59 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Medowie Road rest area 13 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 14 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Station Creek rest area 36 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 44 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Pothana Lane rest area 44 km

30km NW of Maitland (L) or 17km SE of Singleton (R)

Just off the highway at the end of the 'No Through Rd'.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 44 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 50 km

36km NW of Maitland (L) or 11km SE of Singleton (R)

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Singleton park area 57 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 60 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Rixs Creek rest area 64 km

6km NW of Singleton (R) or 43km SE of Muswellbrook (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Service Centre 64 km

93 km N of Sydney (L) or 74 km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Highway Service Centre just off the highway.

Newmans Road rest areas 70 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

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