Morpeth Historic Village, Tourism New South Wales

Population 61431

Maitland is in the heart of the world-class Hunter Valley wine region, on the Hunter River. Built on flood plains, it has suffered 15 major floods since settlement. The city has a significant Polish community as a result of immigration after World War II.

Visitor Information

Cnr New England Hwy and High St; (02) 4931 2800 or 1300 652 320

Nearby national parks

  • Yengo National Park

    Steep-sided valleys, sandstone ridges and a web of creeks and rivers are contained within the wilderness of Yengo National Park. Part of the...more

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Raymond Terrace

    Situated on the banks of the Hunter and William rivers just outside Newcastle, Raymond Terrace was an important wool-shipping area in the...more

  • Cessnock

    Best known for being the hub of a region that produces some of Australia’s best wines and fresh produce, Cessnock is a relaxed, large...more

  • Newcastle

    Newcastle began as a penal settlement and coalmining town, with a shipment of coal to Bengal in 1799 noted as Australia's first export....more

In Town

Maitland Gaol The gaol was built in 1844 and served as a maximum security prison for 154 years. The first inmates were convicts, including some children, and were forced to march 6 km from the wharf at Morpeth in shackles and chains. It has been home to some of Australia's most notorious and dangerous criminals and is now said to be the most haunted gaol in the country. Audio tours are available or there are guided tours with ex-inmates and ex-officers. For the extremely brave, there are also overnight stays. John St, East Maitland; bookings (02) 4936 6482.

Grossman House: National Trust–classified Georgian-style house, now a museum with pioneer silverware, porcelain and handmade clothing; Church St.

Regional Gallery: city's art collection specialising in local works; High St.

Self-guided heritage walks: showcasing Maitland, Morpeth, Lorn and East Maitland; brochures from visitor centre.


Morpeth This riverside village has been classified by the National Trust. The town can be explored on foot and features magnificent old sandstone buildings such as St James Church (1830s), and antique and craft shops. There is the Weird and Wonderful Novelty Teapot Exhibition in Aug. A self-guide heritage walk brochure is available from the visitor centre. 5 km NE.

Walka: a scenic drive from Maitland, this former pumping station, now an excellent recreation area, is popular for picnics and bushwalks; 3 km N.

Tocal Homestead: historic Georgian homestead; open by appt; bookings (02) 4939 8888; 14 km N.

Paterson: signposted scenic drive leads to this charming hamlet on the Paterson River; 16 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 51 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching near Newcastle 30 km

A reclaimed 45-hectare wetland area just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle has been Ramsar-listed and is an excellent spot to see up to 213 bird species, including more than 2000 pairs of breeding egrets. The... Find out more

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 55 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Vintage Golf Club 22 km

Hunter Valley semillon, with its zesty aromas and flavours, is sometimes described by wine experts as ‘Australia’s wine gift to the world’. Its appeal also lies in its capacity to age well. The same... Find out more

Newcastle Golf Club 27 km

Long before American Tom Doak became the revered course designer he is today, he travelled the world playing and studying more than 800 courses. He made notes on every one, before compiling them into what he called ... Find out more

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 29 km

Advances in club and ball technology, aimed at helping players hit longer and straighter, have had a big effect on golf course architecture since the early 1990s. Many new developers have urged designers to stretch... Find out more

Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort 63 km

Throughout his playing career, Craig Parry has won tournaments around the world thanks to a mix of sound strategy, good ball-striking and a first-class short game. He brought those same key elements – golfing... Find out more

Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club 65 km

There is something truly inspiring about a golf course – whatever the quality of its playing surfaces – that offers the smells and sounds of the ocean. This is perhaps what first persuaded the Scots to use... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The Angels Inn Restaurant

This charming country restaurant serves bistro fare, such as caramelised pork fillet with balsamic-roasted sweet potatoes, as well as country staples. If you like a good steak, don’t miss The Molly Morgan, a... Find out more

The Old George & Dragon Restaurant

The Old George & Dragon is a beloved institution, its reputation for terrific food and excellent service reaching Sydney and beyond. Situated next door to its namesake guesthouse, it’s the place to enjoy big... Find out more

Organic Feast

Planning a picnic? Look no further than Organic Feast. The proprietors are passionate about providing quality local produce in a sustainable and ethical manner, and stock fantastic organic products to purchase and take... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bluetongue Brewery 18 km

Set up in 2004 by a consortium of Hunter region identities, including wine man Bruce Tyrell and hotelier Ian Burford, Bluetongue Brewery soon established a significant regional market for its premium lager and alcoholic... Find out more

Hunter Beer Company 21 km

Potters Brewery, as this microbrewery is also known, might seem like a rather odd addition to this convention-based accommodation complex, which is named after the historic beehive-shaped pottery kilns scattered around... Find out more

Steel River Brewery 23 km

Every brewhouse has its own distinct personality – new ones are punched out in uniform fashion and pretty much look the same, but pre-loved ones tend to have a bit more character and, more often than not, a... Find out more

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 41 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Watagan Track 24 km

This 61 km track from Flat Rock takes you through rural farmland and Awaba State Forest, past the Sugerloaf Range and on to the town of Teralba on Lake Macquarie. There are 3 camping areas on this stretch, and... Find out more

Wharf Reserve camping area 26 km

Ah, the serenity. Watch the sun set over the beautiful, tree-lined Williams River in historic Clarence Town, an old shipbuilding township 200 km north of Sydney and 50 km north of Newcastle. Coming from the south, take... Find out more

Williams River Holiday Park 26 km

This extensive and well-equipped holiday park in Clarence Town provides a range of accommodation styles, from tent-based camping to air-conditioned cabins. Clarence Town was an important trading port in the 1800s; today,... Find out more

Watagan Headquarters camping area 30 km

Once a forest workers’ camp, this is now a quiet, grassy area ringed with protective native forest and blue-leaved stringybark. You’ll find it off Watagan Rd, 3 km north of Watagan Forest Rd. Bring your own... Find out more

Gap Creek camping area 34 km

To get here, continue along Bangalow Rd for 1 km past Bangalow Road camping area. Bring your own firewood; gas/fuel stove preferred. Gap Creek is situated near 2 rainforest walks, one of which wends its way beneath red... Find out more

Bangalow Road camping area 34 km

As its name suggests, you’ll find this on Bangalow Rd, 3.8 km from the Mt Faulk Rd intersection, amid majestic blue gum and blackbutt forest. There are wood BBQs, although you’ll need to bring your own... Find out more

Dungog Caravan Park 41 km

A quaint little spot by the Williams River, on Stroud Rd 700 m north of town, Dungog is a comfortable place to use as a base for exploring nearby Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest. There’s... Find out more

Casuarina camping area 42 km

No prizes for guessing what trees you’ll be surrounded by at this camping area, but wait until you hear the music the wind makes when it brushes through the casuarina leaves. This is a good spot for large groups as... Find out more

Turpentine camping area 42 km

This is only 100 m from Casuarina camping area, and provides secluded camping sites that are perfect for small groups and families. Boil or treat water from the creek before drinking it or bring your own.... Find out more

Double Wharf Campground 42 km

This campground is accessed via Googes Rd off Hobarts Forest Rd. It’s 4WD access only, and you’ll need to bring your own portable toilet, firewood and drinking water.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Bellhaven Caravan Park 18 km

With good access to the Pacific Highway, this basic park has grassy drive-through sites ideal for an overnight stop. The town centre is only a short drive away. Bookings are recommended all year round.... Find out more

BIG4 Valley Vineyard Tourist Park 23 km

This is the best-located park for exploring the Hunter Valley wineries. Just 3 km from the centre of Cessnock, the park offers good facilities including a Thai restaurant.... Find out more

Stockton Beach Tourist Park 29 km

This park is located on the beachfront, just north of the port of Newcastle. Stroll along the beach, join in with the fishing on the breakwater, or just watch the large ships come and go. The park has large grassy areas... Find out more

Australian Motor Homes Tourist Park 31 km

This park is designed for big rigs. Located alongside the Pacific Highway, west of Karuah, it is a great place for an overnight stay and popular with groups on weekends. The owners also operate a commercial fish farm,... Find out more

Belmont Pines Lakeside Holiday Park 36 km

Not far south of the city of Newcastle, this park is in a superb position on the shores of Lake Macquarie, in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It faces north, with great views across the water. It is a good family park... Find out more

Swansea Gardens Lakeside Holiday Park 39 km

This large, council-operated park is located in a quiet area on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Facilities are good and include tennis courts and a half court basketball area. There are a small number of absolute... Find out more

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 39 km

Located in a quiet position a short distance from the Pacific Highway, this park has very good amenities and looks across the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a long jetty, good for fishing, and a limited number... Find out more

Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park 40 km

A very appealing park with modern amenities, this place is just 100 metres from the surf club. The photos in reception are testament to its popularity with caravan clubs. We like it. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Big4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park 43 km

Located in a quiet area of the Port Stephens region, this is a quality waterfront park ideal for a family holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all... Find out more

Munmorah State Conservation Area 52 km

The National Parks and Wildlife Service manage this recreation area. There are two camping areas, Fraser and Freemans, with tent sites and a limited number of unpowered caravan sites. It is just a short walk through the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Old George & Dragon Guesthouse

The Old George & Dragon Guesthouse is an award-winning, romantic retreat. The richly decorated English-style guest rooms are all beautifully appointed with antiques and plenty of country style. There is an interior... Find out more

Pindari House

Pindari House is an exclusive, privately owned estate on 4 hectares of rolling Hunter Valley countryside. There are three fully equipped guest rooms, each with its own entrance and all the expected modern amenities. The... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 21 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 44 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pothana Lane rest area 26 km

30km NW of Maitland (L) or 17km SE of Singleton (R)

Just off the highway at the end of the 'No Through Rd'.

Medowie Road rest area 27 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 28 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 32 km

36km NW of Maitland (L) or 11km SE of Singleton (R)

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Singleton park area 40 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Rixs Creek rest area 46 km

6km NW of Singleton (R) or 43km SE of Muswellbrook (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Station Creek rest area 52 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 59 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 60 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Service Centre 60 km

93 km N of Sydney (L) or 74 km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Highway Service Centre just off the highway.

Ourimbah Exit rest area 70 km

80km N of Sydney (L) or 85km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Well off the freeway via the exit.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 73 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Market: showground; 1st Sun each month (except Jan).

Hunter Valley Steamfest: celebration of steam trains; Apr.

Garden Ramble: Sept.

Bitter & Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival: Nov.

comments powered by Disqus