Take the scenic 10 minute drive to Rosebrook to check in to the stunning Hunter River Retreat for the weekend. As you leave the city behind, unwind on the veranda of your own private spa cottage with picturesque views over the Hunter Valley.
Take the first night to settle into your accommodation and explore one of the many bushwalking trails available. Whether you prefer to hike up the mountain or arrange a beautiful sunset picnic, there are so many hidden spots for you to make yourself at home.
Don’t forget to say hello to the resident Highlander cows and horses as you explore the property.
Pack the bikes for the kids and enjoy exploring the walking tracks at Walka Water Works. Let the kids play on the playground as you all enjoy enjoy a picnic lunch and soak up the natural surroundings.
Head to Maitland Park for the kids to enjoy the impressive play equipment as well as a great walk along the boundary of the area, passing by the playground, pool and sports fields as you go.
Bolwarra Lookout offers spectacular views of Maitland’s farmland back to the city. The space has been recently upgraded with a new playground, barbeques and seating areas.
Morpeth Heritage Walk offers knowledge of the historical roots of the old riverport town. The kids are sure to enjoy helping to find the markers along the way that share intriguing stories and the history of buildings.
time to refuel?
Ready to find some places to eat where the kids will enjoy as much as you? Maitland has you covered!
Lavenders Café and The Orange Tree Cafe have delightful menus with suitable options for both adults and children alike. Enjoy your meal and coffee or milkshake whilst taking in the picturesque view of the Hunter River.
If you prefer a pub style meal with a great playground try The Bank Hotel, or the Windsor Castle Hotel at East Maitland, or The Bradford at Rutherford. Each features a family beer garden that includes an outdoor play area that can keep the kids entertained while you enjoy your meal.
After something that the kids will love before heading home? Head to Cupz N’ Crepes at Morpeth to finish the trip on a high! Here you can experience their sweet or savoury crepes or waffles. Alternatively, visit True Cafe and Chocolate at Lochinvar for handmade chocolate and ice cream.