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'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.
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Fly into Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport is located 15 km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car hire, limousine rentals and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey north into Newcastle. Port Stephens Coaches operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station up to 11 times a day, as well as a service to the Nelson Bay area. Hunter Valley Buses operate a public bus service from Newcastle Airport to Maitland, Raymond Terrace, and Stockton.
Newcastle Airport services four flight operators to several major Australian cities. Regional Express operates direct flights to and from Sydney, Ballina and Byron Bay. Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane, while Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne.