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Maitland Gaol

One of Maitland's premier stops, Maitland Gaol ceased service as a correctional facility in 1998, After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998. Now, the cell doors are open again and you can take a self-guided audio tour, a themed-guided tour or torchlight tour by night.

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About Maitland

Maitland in the Hunter Valley is at the heart of a thriving central business district offering quality accommodation, entertainment and restaurants.

Pretty countryside surrounds the town, so enjoy strolling along the river walk precinct to admire the Hunter River, dine by the riverbank at a cafe or head to a stylish heritage pub.

There are plenty of things to see and do around Maitland. Don't miss the Maitland Regional Art Gallery or the National Trust-listed Grossmann House to gain insight into Maitland's cultural heritage. Also, the Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles and Maitland Gaol make for an eclectic historical experience. Close by are many fine cellar doors, where you can sample local boutique wines, including fruit wines made from fresh local produce.

Of the major towns in the Hunter, Maitland retains many historic buildings that date back to the earliest years of colonial Australia. In your travels, stop in nearby Pokolbin and Cessnock, too.


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Fly into Newcastle Airport

Family at the airport

Newcastle Airport is located 15 km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car hire, limousine rentals and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey north into Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day, as well as a service to the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton.

Newcastle Airport services four flight operators to several major Australian cities. Regional Express operates direct flights to and from Sydney, Ballina and Byron Bay. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane, while Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne.

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month

Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month

Explore Australia’s most renowned wine region during the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month.

In addition to great events, outstanding local produce and award-winning wineries and vineyards, the Hunter Valley is filled with other indulgent activities to enjoy including amazing restaurants, day spas and championship golf courses.

Save on your trip to the Hunter Valley with these great travel packages starting from $125pp. Book now and save!

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Ballooning at Sunrise. Hunter Valley