Riverside heritage splendour

In the historic town of Morpeth, discover beautiful colonial buildings, enticing shopping and delicious places to eat. Enjoy a heritage walk, riverside picnic and visit the original Arnott Bakehouse, where a descendant of the famous biscuit family runs a bakery.

  • Morpeth, Hunter NSW
  • Morpeth, Hunter NSW

About Morpeth

On the banks of the beautiful Hunter River, Morpeth in the Hunter Valley is home to National Trust-listed colonial buildings and a fascinating heritage walk. Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, the historic town was a bustling river port in colonial times.

Amble along pretty tree-lined streets and cobbled paths, enjoy browsing and shopping in delightful boutiques in 19th century buildings, and discover more than 30 significant heritage sites, including Queen’s Wharf and hitching posts for horses. Morpeth Museum is in the former court house.

Savannahs Cafe Morpeth, Hunter

Stop for a cool drink at the Commercial Hotel, home to the Morpeth Brewery and Beer Co, which produces hand-crafted beers. You’ll find plenty of things to do, such as lunch at a riverside cafe. At the beautifully restored Campbell’s Store are specialty craft and gift shops and a tearoom.

In the heritage-listed Arnott Bakehouse is Morpeth Sourdough, where baker Stephen Arnott follows the family tradition started by his great, great, great grandfather William Arnott, who, along with his brother David, made bread and ship’s biscuits. Arnott’s biscuits became a household name.

Morpeth, Hunter NSW

Places to stay in Morpeth include gorgeous cottages. An enchanting base for exploring Australia’s oldest wine region, begin your discovery at the Morpeth Wine Cellar and Moonshine Distillery. There are plenty of tours too of the region's cellar doors. A memorable way to experience Morpeth’s historical river past is on a day cruise with Nova Cruises from Newcastle, NSW’s second-largest city.

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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