If you appreciate history, art, architecture, shopping and a laid back lifestyle, then Maitland is your destination. Maitland is centrally located providing ample opportunity to enjoy rural outlooks and friendly country hospitality alongside bustling CBD areas with easy access to all the conveniences and services you need.
The City of Maitland is made up of a patchwork of places and there are many beautiful areas to be explored from East Maitland to Morpeth, Lorn to Bolwarra and Central Maitland to Luskintyre. We have showcased each township’s unique characteristic and significant sites to be uncovered, awaiting your own discovery.
West Maitland, as it was originally known was dominated by shops and residences situated near the Hunter River in narrow and unplanned streets. During the middle of the 19th century the three towns of East Maitland, West Maitland and Morpeth dominated the affairs of the Hunter Valley. In 1944 West Maitland, East Maitland and Morpeth were merged as the City of Maitland.
Central Maitland has a grand streetscape of impressive heritage buildings that serve as a memory of the thriving history of the city. At its heart is The Levee precinct, which is home to a collection of op-shops and antique stores to explore, a diverse selection of local and national retailers to peruse, a 4 screen cinema complex to entertain and an array of boutique bars and cafés to indulge.
Taking a stroll as part of Maitland’s Heritage Walk is a great way to find out more about the history of the place. To capture the culture and landscape of the area, make sure you visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery (one of the region’s best), enjoy a meander along the Riverside Walk or venture to Walka Recreation and Wildlife Reserve, just a stones throw from the city, to enjoy the 112 hectares of park, lake and bushland surrounding the historic 19th century pumping station.
Morpeth is steeped in fascinating maritime and pioneering history. By 1830 it was a frontier town and one of the busiest river ports in NSW helping to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley.
Morpeth is a boutique shopping and dining precinct on the Hunter River. Discover unique shopping, artisan treasures and delightful treats in this picturesque town, which began its life as a major thriving river port. Step back in time and walk the sandstone kerbed streets learning about the fascinating history of Morpeth. Meander along the Morpeth Heritage Walk or explore the Morpeth Courthouse Museum. The boat ramp is the perfect location for kayakers or boaters to access the Hunter River where you can cruise or paddle to such places as Hinton and Paterson and have a fish along the way. Discover the supernatural side of Morpeth on a Hunter Valley Ghost Tour, or for those with a sweet tooth stop in at Miss Lily’s Lollies. If it’s boutique, if it’s delicious, if it’s unique, it must be Morpeth.
For more information on Morpeth, visit itmustbemorpeth.com.au
East Maitland, unlike Maitland, was surveyed and planned in detail before East Maitland was officially proclaimed in 1833 and was known as the government town. Liberal provision was made for public buildings, churches, schools and public reserves by Surveyor G.B White.
East Maitland is a beautiful suburb with country hospitality amidst thriving shops, cafés and buildings of yesteryear. East Maitland houses many eateries, cafés, speciality shops and supermarkets. Why not explore the sites relating to Les Darcy; a courageous 19 year old boxer who was idolised around the country, who at the time (1909 – 1916) was the middleweight and heavyweight champion of Australia. Marvel at the government buildings and grand mansions on the East Maitland Heritage Walk. Maitland Gaol is one of the Hunter Region’s most iconic attractions and definitely worth a visit, take a self guided audio tour or book onto one of the guided tours. Uncover the many antique wares in East Maitland or feast your eyes on one of the largest selections of organic fare on offer at Organic Feast.