Walking down the historic, sandstone-lined streets of Morpeth, you’ll be tempted to stop for a riverside lunch; sip some locally produced wine or browse the town’s many boutiques for chic fashion, stylish homewares and unique jewellery.
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.