Food and shopping
Head to The Levee Central Maitland to shop up a storm, with a great mix of both independent traders and franchises, you can be sure you’ll find exactly what you didn’t even know you were looking for. For those who wish to keep moving, get your caffeine fix at cafes including The Bikesmith & Espresso Bar or Black Label Espresso and make your way along the Riverside Walk and soak in the picturesque beauty of the Hunter River.
After working up an appetite, The Levee also offers a range of fine dining establishments to suit every taste. For serious food lovers, pop into COQUUN. This native Australian restaurant is set right at the beautiful location of The Riverlink, overlooking the Hunter River.
Explore the Arts
Maitland Regional Art Gallery is not to be missed, with five exhibition spaces that feature contemporary art from the local community and beyond. The gallery has an extensive collection of 2500+ artworks and a gift shop with wares from local artisans and more.
UNLOCK THE GATES
Maitland Gaol is a former maximum security prison that housed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals. Visitors have the chance to explore the heritage listed site and discover the extensive 150 year history and stories of incarceration at your own pace with a Self Guided Audio Tour or book a Guided Day Tour on the weekend. The Gaol is a living museum and as you walk around you won’t be disappointed as the history consumes you. Inside cell blocks the atmosphere of heavy door, after heavy door, cell after cell and each scrawl of graffiti has its own story to tell.
Explore the Historic River port Morpeth
Make your way to Morpeth and explore the historic town. Pick up something unique at one of a kind stores, peruse the delights at Miss Lily’s Lollies, experience tastings from the Morpeth Ginger Beer Factory then head to Boydell’s Cellar Door and Restaurant for a late afternoon session of wine tasting. Settle in and stretch out your visit by staying for dinner or head to Miss Mullens Bar at The Commercial Hotel.