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Paterson is one of the historic towns of the Hunter Valley, 18 kilometres north of Maitland. This small, picturesque village has a mountain backdrop by the Paterson River. Once a busy river port, Paterson today offers a relaxing break with cosy accommodation, old country pubs and perfect picnic spots.

When you're planning your Hunter itinerary, why not include a trip to Paterson. Don't miss the Tocal Homestead, an impressive Regency mansion set among fig trees and overlooking the river. If you're interested in local history, the Paterson Historical Court House Museum and Paterson Rail Motor Museum are well worth a visit. From Paterson, you can also set out on other adventures in the area, including Barrington Tops National Park or the wineries of the Hunter Valley.

Paterson: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Paterson Rail Motor Society


The Rail Motor Society is based about 50 kilometres north of Newcastle in the historic town of Paterson. Operated by volunteers dedicated and passionate about restoring, maintaining and operating rail motors. The group operates out of the old Paterson Goods Yard, affectionately named 'The Depot' and consists of a large working shed and rail yard. Experience the glory days dating back to 1923, view some of the best conserved heritage rolling stock in NSW.

The Rail Motor Society also offers visitors unique tours on board the historical rail motors, both around the local area and across the state, please contact them for further information.

The depot and museum site is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month (except December) and entry is by gold coin donation. Other times by appointment.

The Society can also provide guest speakers for meetings or other group engagements, contact the Secretary.




Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.3K from Paterson

Paterson Historical Court House Museum


Paterson Court House, built in 1857, was the centre of justice in the district, housing many policemen. In 1973, a small group of locals met in Paterson's School of Arts building to look into the possibility of forming a group to preserve the local region's history. They had no guidelines to work on, except to collect photographs of Paterson as it was in the early days, along with old stories, papers, and any other memorabilia from Paterson's past.

Dungog Shire Council at this time offered the Court House to any group in Paterson willing to use it and take care of the building. The Court House provided a place to display the mounting number of items which were being donated, and a location for historical interest in the area.

The first name chosen for the organisation was the "Paterson Preservation Society", but this was changed to the "Paterson Historical Society".




King Street
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.3K from Paterson

Paterson Golf Club


Paterson is a Par 64 nine hole golf course open to the public seven days per week. Apart from a paid greenkeeper, employed two days per week, all other work is carried out by members who volunteer their time.

Saturday competition is open to both men and women with tee off time between 6:30am and 8:00am (no time sheets).

There is no social play before 10:30am




Paterson Golf Club,
Lot 21 Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.5K from Paterson

Paterson Rail Motor Museum


The depot in the old Paterson Goods Yards houses the Society's Museum collection of rail motors and other rolling stock items. The Museum is located opposite Paterson Railway Station on the North Coast Line to Brisbane. Road access and visitor entrance to the Museum is located off the end of Church Street.

Visit Paterson Rail Motor Museum and see the old station masters residence that has been restored to it 1930s exterior and appearance colour scheme by State Rail Heritage. The residence provides a reception centre for visitors, facility for members and houses a display for railway memorabilia for both the steam and diesel era.

Key items on display include a pair or NSWGR standard block telegraph instruments and large and miniature electric staff instruments formerly used by training at the Newcastle Railway Institute. The museum also includes one of the few remaining standard NSWGR good sheds.




Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.5K from Paterson

Tocal Homestead


Tocal has one of Australia's finest collections of colonial farm buildings dating from the 1830's. The Homestead is open at weekends from March to November.

Important rural heritage because much, including barns, stables and the original residence built in 1822, remains intact. The Homestead (built in 1841) is set on a 2200 hectare property encompassing natural wetlands, dry sclerophyll forests and rainforest remnants. The Homestead is presented in the context of original outbuildings and sheds that contribute to the fascinating story of Tocal.

Farm tours provide an opportunity to experience the beautiful 2200 hectare property. The tour includes the beef, horse, dairy and sheep enterprises as well as the natural features of the historic landscape. Tocal is a working farm so visitors are able to view the seasonal activities of the farm operations.




Tocal Homestead,
Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.9K from Paterson

Paterson: Events

Paterson New Year's Eve Festival


Join Paterson for New Year's Eve at Tucker Park and enjoy an exciting evening of live music, fireworks and children's entertainment. There's carnival fun, singing, dancing, games, face painting and more for the kids.

Gates open at 4pm, children's program starts at 6pm, main fireworks display at 9pm, with live music through till the midnight fireworks. Food and drinks are available to purchase.

The Paterson Festival is organised by volunteers from Paterson Rotary Club and the community, and sponsored by local businesses who believe in supporting their local community.


Event Dates
2016
      31st Dec


Tucker Park,
Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.1K from Paterson

Paterson Gallery Markets


Paterson Gallery Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month and present an eclectic mix of original paintings, craft, and collectables. Set in the picturesque backyard of the historic Paterson Post Office, you are invited to view the gallery and enjoy the rose garden on Duke Street in the heart of Paterson.

Enjoy a great variety of produce, beautiful handmade treasures, homemade craft and cooking. Buskers will entertain and everyone will have a very happy and enjoyable time.

Come and enjoy the day, look around the area, and you may even find some treasures within the stalls.


Event Dates
2015
      5th Dec
2016
      3rd Jan
      7th Feb
      6th Mar
      3rd Apr
      1st May
      5th Jun
      3rd Jul
      7th Aug
      4th Sep
      2nd Oct
      6th Nov
      4th Dec


Paterson Art Gallery,
Duke Street
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.2K from Paterson

Paterson Classic Car Show


*** Latest event details are yet to be confirmed ***
The historical town of Paterson will have cars and Hot-rods on display at the Paterson Classic Car and Show. This is the fifth year for this event and it is a must for the car and bike enthusiast. There are all types of models, makes and vintage, and all owners take pride in their machines on show.

There will be a sausage sizzle, so make a day of it and bring the family along.


Event Dates
2015
      27th Sep
2016
      27th Sep


King Street
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 0.4K from Paterson

Peek into the Past


Peek into the Past is when Tocal Homestead comes alive with the sights and sounds (and smells) of yesteryear. It is a wonderful old fashioned day out for all the family. Grandparents will reminisce, there's nostalgia.

The sounds of working horses, heritage tractors and machinery mingle with the aromas of scones and apple pies baking in the old wood stove. Make sure you see the blacksmiths working at the forge and then enjoy a piece of damper from the camp fire, topped with 'cocky's joy'. Watch the local straw broom maker at work - he'd be happy to sell you one.

Keep an eye out for the 'redcoats' of the soldiers of the 73rd Regiment of Foot, who will fire their muskets and march through the site - keeping law and order . Bring a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Competition and then vote for the best scarecrow (most votes wins!).


Event Dates
2016
      31st Jul


Tocal Homestead,
957 Tocal Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.6K from Paterson

Rail Motor Society Open Day


The Rail Motor Society Open Day is held on the third Saturday of each month. It is an opportunity for the general public to view the operations of the Rail Motor Society Depot and Museum at Paterson.

The Rail Motor Society was establish in 1984. The collection spans 1926 to 1961, and includes a 42 foot Rail Motor from 1961, as well as a 720 Class Driving Trailer Car.

The 13 collections of different rail Motor and Trailer Cars are a must for all train enthusiasts.

Tours are also available.


Event Dates
2016
      20th Feb
      19th Mar
      16th Apr
      21st May
      18th Jun
      16th Jul
      20th Aug
      15th Oct
      19th Nov


Rail Motor Society Depot,
Webbers Creek Road
Paterson, NSW, 2421

Located 3.8K from Paterson

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