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Holiday resort

“The Paterson, a famous summer holiday resort” (land sale poster, 1907)

During the mid 20th century, the Hunter Valley region became a popular tourist attraction, particularly in summer. Always known for its rich farming and grazing land, it began to attract vistors to its scenic landscape, rivers and abundance of outdoor activities. Holiday recreations included fishing, swimming, golf, cycling and of course wine-tasting. Access was made easier with a regular rail service and scenic motor routes.

"In the Northern Lakes and Hunter Valley districts tourists find a diversity of scenery and holiday occupations…The Hunter Valley…is one of the richest alluvial tracts in the world…In summer the area is a delightful holiday ground" (Tourist pamphlet, 1938)

This colourful tourist guide from the 1930s features a pictorial map of holiday activities and description of the local area attractions.

Detail from: Northern Lakes and Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia [cartographic material], produced by the N.S.W. Government Tourist Bureau. Printed. M2 811.2/1938/1

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