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 Gift Shop and Gallery - Maitland

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.

Afternoon family stroll along the river - Morpeth

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 also plenty of tours 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.

Newcastle Airport

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 Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Groovin the Moo

    Saturday 28 April 2018 , Maitland

    Get your planners out because Groovin the Moo (GTM) is weaving its way back to its beloved Maitland on Saturday, April 28. GTM is the perfect way to explore paths less travelled with your mates, with plenty to experience both on the way to…

    28 Apr
  2. Slow Food Earth Market Maitland

    Thursday 03 May 2018 to Thursday 06 September 2018 , Maitland

    The Slow Food Earth Market Maitland is open to the public and operates on the first and third Thursdays of each month featuring Good Clean and Fair farmers and producers who will sell local, seasonal produce from 1pm - 6pm in The levee loca…

    03 May - 06 Sep
  3. Morpeth Jazz Festival

    Saturday 19 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Morpeth

    Morpeth Chapel Jazz is a joint venture of the three churches of Morpeth. Until the 1980s, Morpeth was a rundown village in fear of demolition. Then it was slowly rejuvenated as a destination and what was left of its charming buildings res…

    19 May - 20 May