The small village of Lochinvar is nestled on the New England Highway between Central Maitland and Wine Country, just west of Maitland. It is a quiet township with true country hospitality.

With an unhurried pace of life and abundance of undulating countryside and productive farmland, Lochinvar is a local secret worth visiting. Stop in at the famous country department store, Airds of Lochinvar. It is a family owned company that has been operating on this site since 1971. Airds stock iconic brands and authentic Australian products such as Driza-Bone and Akubra.

Visit a true country Aussie pub with a long history, having stood on the existing site for over 150 years. The Lochinvar Hotel was completely rebuilt in 1913 and it is the same brick building you see when you visit today. Whittle away your Winter afternoon enjoying a pint by the fireplace or relax in the beer garden overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Lochinvar has distinct character and is dotted with heritage features that pay homage to the centuries past. Just outside of Lochinvar is Windermere House, said to be the oldest house in the Hunter Valley built in 1821 with convict labour. If you are out and about take the sneaky side road off Windermere Road to witness this piece of history.

Locals guide to Lochinvar (and surrounds)

  • Shop iconic brands at the famous country department store, Airds of Lochinvar.
  • Just a stone’s throw away is Luskintyre where you can visit Maitland’s one and only vineyard, Tranquil Vale. Indulge in their award winning wines and stay the night in self contained cottages on their working vineyard.
  • We also recommend stopping to admire Luskintyre Bridge, which is one of only two surviving examples in New South Wales of an early steel Pratt truss bridge and if the engineering significance doesn’t do much for you, this bridge also features in the movie
    ‘Tomorrow When The War Began’.
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