Lake St Clair, Singleton, Andrew Bradley

Population 13665

Singleton is a pleasant and sleepy town set next to the Hunter River among beautiful pasturelands, mountains and national parks. It is the geographical heart of the Hunter Valley and is known for its excellent wines, with several famous vineyards.

Visitor Information

Townhead Park, Maitland Rd; (02) 6571 5888 or 1800 449 888

Nearby national parks

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...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

  • Barrington Tops National Park

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

Nearby towns

  • Cessnock

    Best known for being the hub of a region that produces some of Australia’s best wines and fresh produce, Cessnock is a relaxed, large...more

  • 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

  • Muswellbrook

    Muswellbrook (the 'w' is silent) is in the Upper Hunter Valley and prides itself on being 'blue heeler country'. Here cattle farmers...more

In Town

Singleton Mercy Convent The Sisters of Mercy arrived from Ireland in 1875 and set up this convent. Set in manicured gardens is the prominent convent, a chapel with an impressive marble altar, and the Sisters of Mercy Museum in an old Georgian cottage. Tours are conducted by the sisters at 2pm on weekends Mar–Nov; Queen St.

James Cook Park: riverside park with picnic facilities and the largest monolithic sundial in the Southern Hemisphere; Ryan Ave.

Historical Museum: memorabilia in Singleton's 1st courthouse and gaol from the town's pioneer days; Burdekin Park, New England Hwy.

Town walk: enjoyable walk passing a historic Anglican church and lush parklands; brochure from visitor centre.


Yengo National Park Mt Yengo is of cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities and there are extensive carvings and paintings in the area. The park is a rugged area of steep gorges and rocky ridges with several walking tracks and lookouts. Old Great North Rd, along the south-east boundary, is an intact example of early 19th-century convict roadbuilding. There are picnic and barbecue areas and campsites throughout the park. Inquiries (02) 6574 5555; 15 km S.

Royal Australian Military Corps Museum: traces history of the infantry corps in Australia; 5 km S.

Wollemi National Park: Singleton section features picturesque walking trails, lookouts and campsites; (02) 6372 7199; 15 km SW. For further details on the park see Lithgow.

Hillside Orange Orchard: pick your own oranges; Windsor–Putty Rd; 25 km SW.

Lake St Clair: extensive recreational and waterway facilities and you can camp onshore. Nearby lookouts offer magnificent views of Mount Royal Range; 25 km N.

Broke: tiny township with breathtaking national park views and village fair in Sept; 26 km S.

Mt Royal National Park: rainforest area with scenic walking tracks and lookouts with spectacular 360-degree views from Mt Royal over the entire region; (02) 6574 5555; 32 km N.

Local Hunter Valley wineries: wineries with cellar-door tastings including Wyndham Estate, Australia's oldest winery, and Cockfighters Ghost; tours available; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 89 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

Barrington Tops National Park 67 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more

Birdwatching near Newcastle 70 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

Burning Mountain Nature Reserve 83 km

Forget global warming for a while and marvel at this coal seam, about 30 metres underground, that has been burning as hot as 1700°C for an estimated 5500 years. A 3.5-kilometre walk to the top of the mountain through... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Vintage Golf Club 24 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

Newcastle Golf Club 68 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

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 70 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

Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort 84 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

Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club 89 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

Cafes & restaurants around town

Charades Restaurant and Bar

At the Charbonnier Inn, Charades Restaurant specialises in fine dining, regional style. The contemporary, split-level dining room has a warm, modern decor that perfectly sets off the modern Australian cuisine and choice... Find out more

Henri’s Brasserie

The proprietors of this award-winning brasserie are passionate about food, and have taken attention to detail and commitment to locally driven produce to new heights. Even Sydneysiders rave about the food served here,... Find out more


When you reach the National Trust slab cottage (c. 1876) with tiny, paned-glass windows, you may think a visit to Roberts restaurant is like entering a fairytale. Sprawling rooms and tiny passageways lead to the... Find out more

Muse Restaurant and Cafe

The Hungerford Hill wine estate provides a beautiful backdrop to this stunning winery restaurant. The specialty is the degustation, a multi-course meander through such delights as freshwater yabbies on wilted baby... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hunter Beer Company 32 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

Bluetongue Brewery 55 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

Steel River Brewery 63 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

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 81 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

Campsites around town

Lake St Clair camping area 28 km

Nestled in the foothills of Mt Royal National Park, 25 km north of Singleton, picturesque Lake St Clair is about 16 km long and has a storage capacity of 283 megalitres – almost half that of Sydney Harbour.... Find out more

Lake Liddell Recreation Area camping area 29 km

On a practical level, 1133 ha Lake Liddell supplies cooling water to 2 nearby power stations; on a recreational level, it’s a haven for watersports, birdwatching, canoeing, boating, walking and fishing. It’s... Find out more

Youngville camping area 43 km

On Mt Royal Rd, this camping area has 4WD dry-weather access only. From here, you can take the 5 km return hike down to Carrow Brook. If you’re travelling north from Singleton, turn right off the New England Hwy... Find out more

Finchley camping area 48 km

A smaller site on the Yango Track, this is a great base for 4WD touring (check with NPWS for track details), and is only a 200 m walk to the Finchley Aboriginal Area. To get here from Wollombi and Laguna, follow the... Find out more

Blue Gums camping area 50 km

This large camping area can accommodate large groups of up to 100 people as well as conventional vehicle-based campers. In Big Yango Precinct off Howes Valley Trail, 14 km west of Finchley Trig, the campsite can only be... Find out more

Big Yango Homestead 51 km

Roll out your swag at this camping area and enjoy a smorgasbord of things to do, including bushwalking around Mt Yengo, horseriding, mountain-biking, 4WD touring, birdwatching and wildlife-spotting. Alternative... Find out more

Watagan Headquarters camping area 51 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

The Cedar Brush Walk 52 km

Beginning in Somersby and ending 61 km later at Flat Rock Lookout, this section of the Great North Walk includes 8 camping areas and takes in Jilliby State Conservation Area, farmland and Olney State Forest.... Find out more

Mountain Arm camping area 52 km

Mountain Arm is also in the Big Yango Precinct, so you’ll need to pick up a key from the parks office to get through the gate. Once through, you’ll reach Big Yango Homestead; turn left and you’ll find... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn camping area 53 km

The main camping area for Lake Glenbawn State Park is on the lake’s eastern shore. There are also bungalows and cabins, a boat ramp, children’s playground, and even archery. Other activities include canoeing,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park 33 km

This is the best-located park for exploring the Hunter Valley wineries. Just 3 km from the centre of Cessnock, the park offers good facilities including a Thai restaurant.... Find out more

Pinaroo Leisure Park 40 km

Conveniently located alongside the highway just 3.5 km south of the town centre, this park is well laid out with a relaxing pool. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a longer visit to this Upper Hunter region.... Find out more

Lake Glenbawn State Park 54 km

The park is 14 km from Scone or easily accessible from Aberdeen. The powered sites do not front the lake but there are unpowered sites available with lake frontage. This is a popular fishing spot where anglers catch... Find out more

Bellhaven Caravan Park 59 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 67 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 70 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

Belmont Pines Lakeside Holiday Park 70 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

Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park 71 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 73 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

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 76 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Glen-Nevis B&B

Glen-Nevis is situated on 200 hectares of sweeping rural property. The heritage-listed Victorian guesthouse has undergone a loving restoration to produce three quaint guest rooms with antique furnishings, enclosing a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 33 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 41 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

Singleton park area 1 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Rixs Creek rest area 6 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 10 km

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

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Pothana Lane rest area 16 km

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

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

Vietnam War Memorial park area 44 km

2km N of Muswellbrook (R) or 23km S of Scone (L)

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.

Aberdeen park area 52 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.

Scone park area 63 km

At Scone

Opposite the information centre at the Tribute to the Horse monument.

Medowie Road rest area 64 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

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

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 64 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Service Centre 79 km

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

Highway Service Centre just off the highway.

Burning Mountain rest area 83 km

24km N of Scone (R) or 108km S of Tamworth (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Station Creek rest area 87 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Ourimbah Exit rest area 88 km

80km N of Sydney (L) or 85km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Well off the freeway via the exit.

What's on around town

Market: Burdekin Park, New England Hwy; 4th Sun each month.

Countryfest: includes the Australian Wife Carrying Race; Apr.

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