The Ballad of Maitland Gaol

Unlock the history of Maitland Gaol, a fascinating attraction of the Hunter. Maitland Gaol once housed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals and today visitors are invited to hear stories from the Gaol’s vibrant history, spanning more than 150 years. Explore the site with one of the many tours available. 

  • Levee, Maitland
  • Hunter River, Maitland

The Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, Maitland


About Maitland

Built on the banks of the Hunter River, Maitland is one of the oldest heritage centres in Australia. Centrally located in the Hunter, the historic town provides ample opportunity to enjoy rural outlooks and country hospitality alongside bustling CBD areas with easy access to all the conveniences you need. 

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 fascinating historical experiences. 

Visit The Levee, with its mix of boutique retail stores and cafes, restaurants and small bars. Shop at The Levee's Twig & Moss for naturally inspired homewares, or take a break at the nearby Sweet Retreat Cafe or Favourite Chair Cafe.

For cuisine, try local favourite Fratelli Roma for great Italian fare. King Bill IV offers fine dining and craft beers, or grab a bite at the Seraphine Cafe in the Art Gallery.

Maitland Gaol, Maitland

Maitland also hosts an array of vibrant events each year. Indulge in the Maitland Taste Festival for local specialities, including cooking demonstrations featuring celebrated Hunter chefs as well as activities for all ages. Join in the festival of food, art and expression that celebrates multiculturalism at Maitland’s Riverlights Multicultural Festival.

And in 2016 The Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival will be held inside the historic walls of Maitland Gaol and will include over 50 craft beers as well as live entertainment. Or simply spoil yourself at Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival.

There are many also beautiful towns to be explored from East Maitland to Morpeth, Lorn to Bolwarra and Central Maitland to Luskintyre. In your travels, explore the beautiful surrounds of nearby Pokolbin and Cessnock.

It’s ON! in NSW – Hunter Valley

The Hunter brings together a superb calendar of events during this beautiful time of year. Enjoy the highly anticipated Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival, now held for two months across May and June. A lively celebration of all things culinary, take part in winemaking masterclasses, vineyard tours, food and wine trails, cooking classes, long lunches, open fires and much more. Join Whispering Brook for their annual Long Table Luncheon, held alfresco amongst the estate's olive groves with spectacular views over the Broke Fordwich region. Participate in the Cork and Fork Cup at the magnificent Vintage Golf Course, where winemakers and chefs indulge you with delights as you play. Or join the captivating and popular Lovedale Arts Trail, where visitors can explore galleries and studios and meet the artists behind the incredible works.

Fly into Newcastle Airport

Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace. 

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Canberra, Sydney, and Ballina/Byron Bay, while Regional Express flies to and from Sydney.


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