Singleton is a vibrant and diverse regional town, located at the centre of the Hunter Valley.
Singleton has a population of almost 5,000 people, the median age of residents is 31 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
Singleton is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Singleton is a town on the banks of the Hunter River and is a vibrant and diverse regional town, located at the centre of the Hunter Valley, NSW’s premier wine country. Singleton is located 200 km north west of Sydney, 75 km from Newcastle and 47 km south east of Muswellbrook.
The closest airport to Singleton is Newcastle, which is one hour east of Singleton. Newcastle Airport is serviced by Regional Express Airlines (REX) providing daily return flights to Sydney, Virgin Australia and Jetstar providing return flights to Brisbane and Melbourne and Air Pelican providing flights to Ballina and Canberra.
Singleton lies on the Main North railway line, and is served by a passenger train service made up of a daily NSW TrainLink train to Sydney and local regular NSW TrainLink services to Newcastle.
The major sources of employment in Singleton are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Other services
- Accommodation and food services
Singleton District Hospital has a 72-bed hospital providing 24-hour emergency services, day surgery, inpatient surgery, medicine, obstetrics and antenatal shared care, palliative care, dialysis, imaging, and outreach specialists.
Singleton Community Health Service provides the following clinics, which are, asthma, audiometry (over 3 years old), child health school screening, continence, diabetic – type 2, foot care for the elderly, immunisation, mental health, new parents group and smoking cessation clinic.
Singleton is supported by NSW ambulance service.
Dangar Medical Practice
Singleton Medical Centre and Skin Clinic
Singleton Heights Medical Practice
Singleton has a range of primary and secondary schools, and a tertiary college:
- Singleton Public School
- Singleton King Street Public School
- Singleton Heights Public School
- Australian Christian College Singleton (K-10)
- St Catherine’s Catholic College (K-12)
- Singleton High School
- Hunter TAFE, Singleton Campus
Singleton offers young families a wide variety of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for family day care, occasional care, long day care and preschool.
As a regional centre Singleton has two shopping precincts, Singleton Plaza and Singleton Square featuring Big W, IGA supermarket, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets, cafes and eateries as well as a range of smaller national retail stores and numerous boutique retail stores. Singleton also offers a shopping mall where you will be able to find a variety of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing stores, surf wear, jewellers, communications and electronics, homeware and gifts, footwear, optical and pharmacies.
Singleton offers weekend markets where you can pick up homemade goods, fresh food and produce.
There are a number of places of worship located in Singleton including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches. The nearest mosque is 45 minutes away on the western outskirts of Newcastle.
Singleton is a historic Hunter Valley town where you’ll find a relaxing mix of country hospitality, nature-based activities, plus great food and wine. Being located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Singleton has ready access to NSW’s premier wine region.
There are fabulous restaurants at Lovedale and Rothbury, a hub of great wineries and cellar doors centred around Pokolbin, fantastic local produce in Broke-Fordwich as well as true-blue Aussie hospitality in Wollombi.
If you enjoy the outdoors then a visit to Lake St Clair, which is an artificial lake located to the north of the town, with facilities for boating and camping or visit Wollemi and Yengo National Parks are located south of the town via the Putty Road. Barrington Tops National Park borders the north of the shire.
Singleton is home to the largest sun dial, and there are three main museums, the Singleton Historic Society Museum in Burdekin Park, the Royal Australian Infantry Corps Museum at the nearby barracks and the Mercy Convent Museum ‘Sacred Spaces’ within the grounds of the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy (Singleton).
The Singleton Arts Festival is a biennial event that celebrates the art and culture of the area, while the Spring Festival of Flowers will delight gardening aficionados.