Historic Villages, Sites & Museums

The first sighting of the Hunter River by European settlers was in 1797, when it was discovered by chance by Lieutenant John Shortland during a search for escaped convicts. The Hunter Valley’s initial value was as a source of timber and coal for the steamships that provided much of the transport for Sydney and its surroundings.

By 1823 some 20 acres of vineyards had already been planted on the northern banks of the river and what is now the Dalwood /Gresford area between Maitland and Singleton.

From these beginnings, the Hunter Valley flourished, with several families establishing vineyards in the area. The Tyrrell, Wilkinson and Drayton families’ history all started in the latter part of the 19th century as did the viticultural pursuits of Dr Henry Lindeman.

To find out more about the history of the area, browse the listings below.

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Wollombi Valley

The Wollombi Valley is located at the southern gateway to Hunter Valley Wine Country, just two hours drive from the Sydney CBD. We are a small yet thriving community, full of creative people who love the lifestyle this beautiful area provides. There is something for everyone in the Wollombi Valley, whether you are looking to live, work or visit. From cafes and boutique shops, to wineries and galleries, from schools and pony club, to tennis courts and the garden club.

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Locality Wollombi

The Singleton Sundial

While exploring Singleton be sure to stop at the Singleton Sundial, one of the largest Sundials in the Southern Hemisphere. Located at the entry to Rose Point Park and the Hunter River, enjoy a picnic under the shadows of the Sundial and learn the history behind this significant structure.

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Locality Singleton

Australian Army Infantry Museum

The Australian Army Infantry Museum (AAIM) is the custodian of Infantry Corps history and its customs and traditions. The Museum's collection ranges from the Australia's pre-federation state colonial armies and their first deployments overseas in the nineteenth century through to today's twenty first century diggers.

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Locality Singleton

Sacred Spaces Singleton

The Singleton Sisters of Mercy Convent is the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy in the Hunter Valley. The 1892 Convent has become known as a beautiful and unique 'living heritage site', open for guided tours, concerts, weddings, workshops, room hire and other activities. The convent is set in spacious gardens, creating a unique atmosphere of peace. Gracious buildings date from the mid nineteenth century and display remarkable architectural beauty. Guided tours tell the story of the Sisters and...

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Locality Singleton
 

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