Things to do around Paterson NSW

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The town of Paterson NSW in the lower Hunter Valley, was named after Colonel William Paterson, the first known European in the area back in the early 1800’s. A road trip to Paterson NSW today, promises plenty of things to do as it’s a fascinating blend of exploration, natural beauty and rich history.

Enjoy the picturesque countryside with the Paterson River running through it and wander Paterson’s well-preserved historical buildings and sites that offer an insight into Australia’s colonial past. Remember that Paterson NSW is a serene and tranquil destination, so relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere while you explore its history and natural beauty of the area.

Paterson NSW also offers plenty of things to do with numerous outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. You can easily take on further adventures hiking, kayaking, or 4WDriving and take advantage of the easy access to the spectacular Barrington Tops National Park – a haven for nature lovers with lush rainforests, waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails. Paterson NSW is an excellent choice as a getaway into New South Wales.

Wellness & Pampering

  • An expert range of body and facial treatments can be indulged at Adnama Beauty. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • For weddings, contact Chic Artistry for bridal hair and makeup.

Explore & Discover

  • Visit Tocal Homestead showcasing fine colonial architecture nestled among magnificent fig trees. It’s one of Australia’s finest collections of colonial farm buildings dating from the 1830’s. The heritage site overlooks the Tocal lagoon with the Paterson River beyond and you can learn about the area’s agricultural heritage and explore the scenic gardens and farm.  Tocal Homestead is open to the public every Sunday March through to November 10am – 3pm.  Find out more Tocal Sundays
  • Visit the historic Paterson Courthouse (insert link Paterson Court House Museum , which is a beautifully preserved sandstone building dating back to the 19th century.
  • Take a stroll along the Paterson riverbank – picnic, BBQ and enjoy the tranquillity or go birdwatching
  • Road trip further into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, known for its lush rainforests, waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails. It’s a short drive from Paterson and offers a wide range of outdoor activities (hiking, birdwatching, camping, bushwalking, and 4WD adventures. You can choose a hiking trail that suits your skill level and explore the stunning wilderness)
  • Explore the nearby towns of Dungog or Gresford, both offering their own unique charms. You can visit local art galleries, historical sites, or simply soak in the rural atmosphere
  • Join the Paterson self-guided Historical Walk that guides you through the town’s heritage-listed sites and landmarks. Pick up a map from Paterson Country Café and grab a steaming cuppa while you’re there.
  • Make sure you visit Williams River picnic area and Gloucester Falls
  • Another neighbouring town, Gresford, is worth a visit and known for its historic buildings, including St. Barnabas Anglican Church, which is a picturesque example of Gothic Revival architecture.
  • Check the local event calendar for any festivals, markets, or community events happening during your visit. These events can provide a glimpse into the local culture and offer unique experiences such as the Vacy Country Festival.
  • Sculpture on the Farm, an annual event, is committed to the enhancement of the cultural fabric of Dungog and the Hunter Valley, for the locals and visitors of this special region.  Sculpture on the Farm provides opportunities for sculptors to display and sell their works  Also enquire at Tocal’s Visitor’s Information Centre.
  • Held annually on the first weekend in November, Bitter & Twisted is confined within the walls of the former maximum security prison, Maitland Gaol.  The beer festival is a must for beer connoisseurs with over 80 draft beers to wade through.
    • Maitland Regional Art Gallery
    • Mortels Sheepskin Factory
    • Your chance to unlock the gates at Maitland Gaol , a former maximum security prison.
    • Go wine tasting as Paterson is part of the Hunter Valley wine region and there’s a vatful of wineries in Pokolbin such as Tranquil Vale Vineyard;  Petersen WineriesTulloch Wines Hanging Tree Wines;
    • If you love photography, Paterson offers excellent opportunities especially during sunrise and sunset.
    • Play a round of golf at the Paterson Golf Club
    • Listen to Amber Lawrence at the School of Arts Tour 
    • Join the locals at Tucker Park for fun and fireworks at the New Years Eve Celebrations! There’s also live music, children’s entertainment, carnival fun, singing, dancing, games, face painting…. Organised by volunteers from Paterson Rotary Club and the community, and sponsored by local businesses who believe in supporting their local community
    • Visit Paterson Rail Motor Museum and see the old station masters residence that has been restored to it’s 1930s exterior and appearance colour scheme by State Rail Heritage.
    • Train lovers can hop on board the train at Paterson and even enjoy the Coonamble dinner train from Gilgandra – a fantastic experience! The Rail Motor Society organise an experience of a ride on heritage rail motors with a special fixed price return service from our Paterson Depot to Dungog, Monkerai or Stroud Road. This service includes morning or afternoon tea served on the train. They even can schedule this service for a morning or afternoon run and this can be coupled with an inspection of our museum exhibits and a lunch at one of the local Paterson venues. The Society’s Depot is located on the Main North Coast Railway opposite Paterson Railway Station. Car park access is located at the corner of Prince and Church Streets, Paterson – 5 Webbers Creek Road, Paterson. Phone: (02) 4938 5411

Good Eats

  • For fine dining, it is definitely worth the short trip to Morpeth to enjoy an award winning Boydell’s culinary adventure.
  • Fresh homemade pasta and gnocchi can be indulged in this well reviewed New York style Italian eatery Fratelli Roma located in Maitland.
  • The Tinshed Brewery located at 109 Dowling St, Dungog NSW produces great craft beer, and has a rotating tap list including a cider from various great producers of Australian cider.
  • Wines and local gin from the Farmers Wife Distillery a 45 minute drive from Tocal, especially if doing group tasting / dining at the Farmers Wife Distillery  who also offer private tastings and corporate events. 
  • Paterson Tavern & Yabbies Bistro (pub food with a modern twist). Soak up the ambience and have a drink!
  • Paterson Country Cafe – 24 King St, Paterson NSW

Foodies

  • Pick up some local produce  at the Paterson Valley Farm ( fresh seasonal vegetable boxes – 10 boxes available each week filled with seasonal vegetables picked fresh on Saturday)
  • Grazing boxes available from  Home | the Paterson pantry 
  • Morpeth Sourdough | The Historic Arnott Bakehouse 
  • Blakeney’s Pies – worth the 16km drive – 52 Melbourne St, East Maitland NSW 2323 (The original Blakeney’s Pies, creating delicious pastries since 1992 and handmade and rolled fresh daily – baked chunky steak pies, pasties and sausage rolls)

Retail Escapes

  • Antique shops in Dungog
  • Handmade and handpicked Markets next to the Hinton Pub – 40+ stalls usually of trash and treasure, homemade goodies, good coffee.. and more! For further details please email kdelboux@outlook.com or see their Facebook community noticeboard
  • Paterson Service Station & Riverside Deck Cafe
  • Vacy General Store Cafe & Gifts
  • Morpeth boutique stores dotted around the town such as Campbell’s Store – My Maitland and Morpeth Emporium – My Maitland 
  •  Antique shops in Dungog 
  • Aird (airdsoflochinvar.com.au) 

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