Singleton is a vibrant and diverse regional town located at the centre of the Hunter Valley. Singleton's economy is supported by a diverse industrial base, skilled labour force and industry access to vital infrastructure. Singleton is surrounded by the natural beauty of Lake St Clair, Mount Royal, Yengo and Wollemi National Parks.
Singleton was established in the 1820's by John Howe. In its early years it was also called Patricks' Plains. The town retains many historic buildings, including the original court house built in 1841, various churches and many traditional Australian pubs. The countryside surrounding Singleton contains a number of old mansions reflecting the aristocratic nature of land grants when the area was settled.
Major industries near Singleton include coal mining, electricity generation, light industry, vineyards, horse breeding and cattle production. The Lone Pine army barracks is located 8 kilometres south of Singleton.
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Sacred Spaces is a community heritage project of the Sisters of Mercy Singleton. Tour the grounds of Sacred Spaces and enjoy the peaceful historic Convent, Museum and Chapel all set in a stunning garden atmosphere.
The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory
The Hunter Valley Cheese Factory is a purpose built factory open since 1995. Cheeses are handmade and preservative free. Tastings and lunch is available all day and complimentary cheese making tutorial 11am - 3pm. Opening hours are 9am to 5.30pm.
Wollombi is the gateway to the Hunter Valley Wine Country. Experience rich aboriginal and colonial history, including the convict built Great North Road, museum and historical buildings. The name 'Wollombi' is derived from the Aboriginal meaning 'meeting place' or 'meeting place of the waters'.
Wollombi is located along Tourist Drive 33 only 40 minutes from Singleton, an hour from Newcastle and 2 hours from Sydney.
Australian Army Infantry Museum
Established in 1911, at the then School of Musketry, Randwick NSW, the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum has undergone major changes over the years. Now located within the School of Infantry, Singleton NSW, the museum tells the story of Infantry Soldiers from colonial days through to current operations.
The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday 9am to 4pm and closed Christmas, Boxing, New Years, Good Friday and ANZAC days.
Hunter Valley Gardens
Located in Broke Road, not far from Cessnock, are these beautiful themed gardens. Different themes include the Rose garden, Indian Mosaic Tea garden, Border garden, Sunken garden, Chinese garden, Avenue and Storybook garden which is enjoyed by adults and children alike.
Click here to visit the Hunter Valley Wine Country Visitor Information Centre website.
Barrington Tops National Park
The rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park are of international significance; forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals. The park is a bushwalker's paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening.
For those visiting for the day, there are lots of picnic and barbecue areas to enjoy, cycling trails to be explored and views from the park's lookouts that need to be seen to be believed. Fishing is a popular activity in the park between October and May.
To the Singleton community, the Sundial represents its bicentennial celebrations. It was the major feature of the Bicentennial Riverside Park project. The sundial formed a gateway to the Hunter River, picnic areas, recreational and sporting facilities were also developed in the bicentennial project.
Singleton Historical Society was formed in 1960 and has been serving the community for 60 years through the operation, maintenance and support of historical research. The Historical Society also manages the museum which holds a wide variety of artifacts and a records and research room with extensive libraries. The museum is open Tuesday 10am-1pm and Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
The Baiame Cave is located on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range in Milbrodale near the north boundary of Yengo National Park. Baiame Cave is significant as it is a rare and representative indigenous rock art painting site. The main figure depicted in the cave, believed to be Baiame, is understood to be the creator and most important ancestor for some Aboriginal people across NSW. The art is representative of the traditional heritage of Aboriginal people in the Hunter Valley.