- Sophisticated country town, in the heart of the Hunter Valley
- On the Hunter River surrounded by pastures, vineyards and national parks
- 209 km north of Sydney, population 21,500
Why go there
Singleton offers a delightful mix of country hospitality, nature adventures and great food and wine. Fishing, Aboriginal rock art, excellent cellar doors and produce trails are just some of the highlights of the local area.
The town was founded in 1820 by John Howe who led an expedition to the valley of St Patrick’s Plains. Named after Benjamin Singleton, one of the first settlers in the area, the town became the centre of a grazing and agricultural region. When vast coal reserves were later discovered, Singleton was transformed into a thriving township.
Things to do
- Pick up a Heritage Walk brochure from the Visitor Information Centre and stroll through the town’s historic precinct.
- Tour the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum, with its historic collection of infantry equipment, weaponry and memorabilia dating back more than a century.
- Enjoy camping, boating and fishing at beautiful Lake St Clair.
- Tour the vineyards and wineries at historic Broke and along Hermitage Road in Pokolbin.
- Enjoy the bushwalking and nature trails in Yengo, Mt Royal and Wollemi national parks, World Heritage-listed areas.
- Countryfest in March.
- A Little Bit of Italy in Broke, April.
- The Singleton Show in September is country at its best.
- Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display, September.
- Spirit of the Vines, in Broke, October.
- Singleton Farmers and General Markets on the fourth Sunday of the month.
- Ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of Baiame, at Bulga Creek, near Singleton.
- One of the world’s largest sundials in Rose Point Park.
- Singleton Historical Museum.
- The historic Sisters of Mercy Convent Chapel.
- Panoramic views over Singleton from Apex Lookout.
Located in the centre of the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Singleton enjoys a pleasant lifestyle with a moderate climate. The busy commercial centre supports a vibrant industrial sector which is based largely on coal mining and electricity generation.
Well established market gardens support a large dairy and beef cattle sector along with a newly emerging mushroom industry.
Our Wine and Tourism industry is part of Hunter Valley Wine Country which is well known around the world.
Singleton is a town on the banks of the Hunter River in New South Wales, Australia. Singleton lies approximately 2.5 hours (183 km) northwest of Sydney, and around an hour (79 km) northwest of Newcastle. At the 2006 census, Singleton had a population of 13,665 with 21,937 including the surrounding rural district.
Singleton’s main urban area includes the town centre, Singleton Heights, Dunolly, Darlington, The Retreat and Hunterview. Surrounding rural villages include Broke, Camberwell, Jerrys Plains and Belford.
The town is located at the junction of the New England Highway and Putty Road. The Golden Highway bypasses the town to the south. Singleton is also served by Cityrail and Countrylink rail services. Singleton Railway Station is located at the southern end of the town centre. There are also bus services, both intercity and local.