Nursery rhymes come alive in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

A dry week in the Hunter

Without approaching a cellar door, John Huxley discovers the region's sober side: old stories and natural beauty.

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Hotel Maitland

Maitland - Places to See

Interesting rural centre in the heart of the Yorke Peninsula
Located 168 km west of Adelaide via the Princes Highway and 164 km south of Port Pirie, Maitland is one of the few inland towns on the Yorke Peninsula which looks as though it will survive the dramatic changes which have occurred over the past decade. The Peninsula has become a popular holiday seaside destination and the wheat and sheep which traditionally drove the economy of the area has become more marginalised. Consequently the towns which operated as service centres to the local farm community have become small and less important. Still Maitland persists. It is a small and charming town with flower beds in the wide main street.

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View of the Devils Hole from lookout at Barrington Tops National Park

Dungog - Places to See

Particularly beautiful and unusual country town
Dungog is a moderate-sized Australian country town with a typically wide main street. It is located in a valley surrounded by rolling hills adjacent the Williams River, 228 km north of Sydney, 74 km north of Newcastle and 61 m above sea-level. With a current population of 2500 it is essentially a cattle-raising, dairying and timber town and a service centre for the surrounding area. It is a base for an exploration of the fine countryside to the north, where you will find Chichester Dam, state forests and Barrington Tops National Park. These are ideal places for bushwalking, scenic drives, swimming, photography, horseriding, cycling, camping, trail bike riding and canoeing.

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Denman Hotel

Denman - Places to See

Denman (including Baerami, Widden, Sandy Hollow, Gungal and Martindale)
Small and quiet town in the Upper Hunter
Denman, on the rim of the Upper Hunter Valley, is a small, quiet and picturesque country town situated 276 km north-west of Sydney, 24 km south-west of Muswellbrook and 107 m above sea-level.

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View of the Devils Hole from the lookout at Barrington Tops National Park

Gundy - Places to See

Gundy (including Belltrees, Moonan Flat and Ellerston)
Quiet and tiny settlement on Pages River near the country retreats of a number of prominent Australians.
Gundy is a tiny settlement by the Pages River, 300 km north of Sydney. It has an hotel-restaurant and a general store which serves light meals. However, it is a good starting point for taking a scenic drive through the pleasant countryside to the north-east of Scone.

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Patrick Plains Shire Council Office


Singleton (including Bulga and Warkworth)
Important service centre in the Hunter Valley
Singleton is situated on the banks of the Hunter River, 209 km north-west of Sydney via Cessnock. It has an elevation of 73 metres.

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