The historic town of Morpeth is a boutique shopping and dining precinct on the Hunter River. A visit to Morpeth is a journey through narrow laneways, sandstone gutters and footpaths into heritage buildings where you’ll discover unique shopping, artisan treasures and delightful treats. Its fascinating history, beautiful position on the Hunter River and a diverse range of boutiques, cafés, galleries and scenery make Morpeth a popular escape.
Be tempted by chic fashion, eclectic homewares and one of a kind jewellery calling from the windows of stores dotted along the stone paved streets. With exquisite clothing, charming collectables and affordable accessories you’re guaranteed an exciting shopping experience.
Relax over a long lunch by the riverside or enjoy the buzz of the township as friendly staff tend to your every need, whatever the dining experience, Morpeth has something to satisfy. You can enjoy a glass of locally produced wine or a freshly brewed coffee, or bring the kids along to enjoy a shake and sweet treat at one of the cafes in the picturesque main street.
Take a stroll along the Morpeth heritage walk, where you’ll discover the vibrant history of Morpeth from a colonial river to today. Meet the colourful locals in one of the many galleries or tempting retail offerings. Comfortable accommodation can be found right in the heart of the township, ideal for those wanting to enjoy a perfect weekend away.
Locals guide to Morpeth
- Discover fascinating heritage sites, including Queens Wharf and colonial hitching posts for horses, on the Morpeth Heritage Walk.
- Explore the range of permanent exhibitions that tell the story of Morpeth in the 1860s at Morpeth Museum.
- Sip award winning wine at Boydell’s Cellar Door and Restaurant.
- Taste Ginger beer, just like grandma used to make, brewed on the premises at Morpeth Ginger Beer Factory.
- Be gobsmacked as you step inside Miss Lily’s Lollies and find all your childhood treats.
Morpeth is a living museum, classified National Trust, with its rich heritage, beautifully preserved buildings, uneven cobble stone paths and unique walkways.
Originally known by its Aboriginal name ‘Illalaung,’ 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.
The Morpeth Heritage Walk takes participants to 25 significant sites in the town over a period of approx. 90 minutes, and tells the story of Morpeth through the eyes of key characters and through the streets and buildings that echo Morpeth’s past. The audio tour can be accessed by downloading the Maitland Walks app onto your Apple or Android device, and copies of the map can be collected from the Maitland Visitor Information Centre and some Morpeth businesses. You can also download the map here.