Arts, culture, heritage and lifestyle in Morpeth
Morpeth is a historic river port crowded with character on a tree-lined stretch of the Hunter River, upstream from the Newcastle Hunter Valley region.
Morpeth’s days as a river port were effectively over by about 1890, but the town’s comparative isolation meant that its historic shopfronts, wharves and even the hitching posts along the main street have survived intact.
Today, Morpeth is National Trust-classified and no longer a backwater but a wide-awake town crammed with cafes, craft shops and an annual events calendar. This is a living museum of Australia’s past, a history lesson that’s easy to digest.