The historic town of Morpeth nestled on the banks of the Hunter River is a notable destination. Meander along the Morpeth Heritage Walk, explore Morpeth Common or spend your day discovering the laneways and charm of Swan Street. Experience shopping unlike anywhere else in the region and be immersed in the fascinating history of the once thriving river port which shaped the Hunter Region we have today. Savour in the delightful fare on offer, from ginger beer brewed at the factory premises to enjoying locally produced and artisan cheese delights.

History

Morpeth is a living museum with its rich heritage, beautifully preserved buildings, uneven cobble stone paths and unique walkways. Originally known by its Aboriginal name ‘Illaluang’ meaning green hills, Morpeth was instrumental in the development of the entire Hunter Valley.

Morpeth’s role as one of the most important river ports in New South Wales began in the 1820s under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary. With the development of Queens Wharf in 1833 opening the trade route with Sydney, the town soon became a major industrial and agricultural hub. While no longer famous for its primary industry, the Morpeth of today continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.