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.

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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