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.
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 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.