Singleton (population 21 000) is a town in the Hunter Valley region of the Australian state of New South Wales.


Before European settlement, the Wonnarua Koori people lived in the Singleton region. The fledgling colony of NSW discovered the area around 1820 and it was originally named St Patricks Plains. Major industries include coal mining, power generation, dairy farming, and viticulture. See the Singleton Information Centre.

Get in

By car

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 known as the Convict Trail , this links to Sydney and the Central Coast via areas such as Peats Ridge, St Albans and Wiseman's Ferry. Parts of the route have a compressed gravel surface, passable (with care) by a normal 2wd vehicle.

By train

NSW Trainlink provides both Intercity and Regional services that stop at Singleton on the Hunter line. When catching 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). These trains run at regular intervals throughout the day, but are infrequent, so check the timetables.







Stay Safe

Avoid the flying foxes, which may harbour the harmful lyssavirus.

Avoid the flying foxes

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