The Hunter Valley

The Williamtown posting location encompasses a variety of lifestyle options; beaches (Newcastle and Nelson Bay), city life (Newcastle), rural areas (Raymond Terrace and Maitland regions), small communities (Medowie) and regional townships (Singleton).

Suburbs of the Hunter Valley


The Singleton posting location encompasses the township of Singleton. Singleton is a semi-rural township that has grown due to mining, wine-related industries and the Defence presence.

East Maitland/Ashtonfield

Just 20 minutes from Newcastle city and 30 minutes from the Pokolbin region, this area is home to a stunning and vibrant wine growing community. This area has major infrastructure with large shopping centres, services (TAFE College at nearby Metford) and public transport (train line and buses) available.


Thornton has ready access to the F3 and the main road to Newcastle nearby, this satellite suburb tends to offer large homes on reasonable sized blocks. Close to all the services of East Maitland but also just a short distance from Newcastle. Thornton also has its own shopping centre, schools, day care centre and train station.

Raymond Terrace

The major appeal of Raymond Terrace is its close proximity to Williamtown as well as the wide range of services and activities on offer. Two moderately-sized shopping centres, an active main street with local shops and cafes, sporting centres and gymnasium, schools, medical centres and child care centres are all features of this area. Raymond Terrace is situated beside the Hunter and Williams Rivers which provide a range of water-based activities from fishing to skiing.


The closest housing community to RAAF Base Williamtown. A quiet location with local shopping centre, medical centre, schools and indoor sports centre.


Australia’s largest regional city offers a diverse range of entertainment and lifestyle options. Swimming and surfing beaches, modern cafes and fine dining restaurants, theatres, galleries, concert venues, sporting stadiums, boutiques, huge shopping complexes, private and public hospitals and universities.

Nelson Bay

Port Stephens, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Anna Bay. This seaside community has a range of services; a large shopping complex, good quality sporting facilities, delightful cafes and restaurants, beautiful beaches, a yacht club and access to bays and the ocean for boating and water activities.

Bases nearby

  • East Maitland/Ashtonfield to Williamtown Base - 30km
  • Thornton to Williamtown Base - 30km
  • Raymond Terrace to Williamtown Base - 16km
  • Medowie to Williamtown Base - 9km
  • Nelson Bay/Corlette to Williamtown Base - 35km
  • Newcastle city area to Williamtown Base - 28km
  • Adamstown to Williamtown Base - 27km

Public transport


The Hunter Valley has both public and private schools. It is important you decide on your housing arrangements before finalising schools as Defence does not regard choice of school as grounds to limit your search for a property.

For further information, visit the Department of Education website.

Child care

There are a number of child care facilities in the Hunter Valley. The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.  


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has comprehensive advice on health care in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.