Morpeth

Highlights

The historic town of Morpeth is filled with tree-lined streets, sandstone buildings, and riverside picnic spots. Check the annual events calendar for a range of food, wine and music festivals too good to miss.

  • Morpeth, Hunter
  • Green Street Craft Centre

About Morpeth

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 in the Hunter Valley is National Trust-classified and no longer a backwater but a wide-awake town crammed with restaurants, shops and a calendar full of annual events. It's a living museum of Australia's past, a history lesson that's easy to digest. There are plenty of things to see and do at Morpeth. Campbell's Store Craft Centre encompasses specialty craft shops, a tearoom and an art gallery, while Morpeth Sourdough is where baker Stephen Arnott follows the family tradition his great-great-great-grandfather William Arnott (of Arnott's biscuits) began.

Be sure to visit Morpeth Wine Cellars and Moonshine Distillery for local wine and cheese tastings, and browse Morpeth Trading Post to see beautiful ceramics, glassware, china and old bush tools.

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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