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EXCELLENT job opportunities, historic
mansions dotted through a scenic
landscape and a centralised location; all
things that make living and visiting Singleton
an attractive proposition for thousands of
And if there's anything that nature has failed
to provide in Singleton, you can probably find it
in near neighbour Dungog, a nature wonderland
and bushwalkers' paradise.
Singleton is no longer a small rural village ''up
the valley'. The town is now one of the country's
most important commodity producers, yet still
retains its appealing country feel.
Due to highly lucrative coal mining and
energy generation industries, the town projects
a certain sophistication with some of the state's
biggest pay packets and the latest in technology,
but the region's many charming villages hang
on to a relaxed and hospitable way of life more
associated with days gone by.
Singleton, with a population of 23,458 (2008
figures), is at the heart of the Hunter just a little
over an hour's drive from Newcastle and less
than three hours from Sydney.
Tourist bodies are keen for visitors to explore
the area's natural beauty, sometimes off the
beaten track where they say ''hidden treasures''
await. Tourism is thriving with varied events
and festivals and the ever-growing wine
and produce industries. Vineyards and their
wineries and restaurants are creating an
enjoyable interlude for residents and tourists
with stunning scenic locations.
The area has always been the perfect locale for
agricultural endeavours and today vintners and
farmers are making good use of the rich soils to
create a location brimming with good food and
wine. Well-established market gardens support
the already large dairy and beef cattle sector
along with a newly emerging mushroom industry.
The area also boasts a macadamia farm,
cheese factory, orchards and market gardens
producing nuts, fruits and vegetables as well as
hand-made jams, preserves, confectionary and
baked goods. There's been a significant growth
in olive groves in the past decade.
The fine food and wines are often showcased at
events and festivals from the recent A Little Bit of
Italy in Broke to July's Jazz at Catherine Vale and
the Broke Village Fair and Vintage Car Display
in September, alongside sporting events, music
and art festivals and quirky events such as the
Australian titles of a wife-carrying competition.
The region's economy is helped by a
large army barracks south of Singleton at
Whittingham, which has its own airfield, and
the Liddell and Bayswater power stations
between Singleton and Muswellbrook, with
Liddell also incorporating Australia's largest
solar thermal project.
Singleton itself continues to be a preferred
location for new and expanding businesses as
it has well-established infrastructure and a
positive business climate, continuing to create
jobs and offering a secure lifestyle.
The diverse and excellent employment
If visitors want to get to the heart of the Hunter, a mix
of vital industry and unparalleled natural beauty, then
Singleton and Dungog are the places to go.
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