A bustling port in colonial times, Morpeth is an historic town on the banks of the Hunter River. Take a boat from Newcastle, sample local wines and browse boutique shops in heritage 19th-century buildings, including the bakehouse where the Arnott’s family biscuit dynasty began.
Heritage walks and cruises
Discover fascinating heritage sites, including Queens Wharf and colonial hitching posts for horses, on the Morpeth Heritage Walk. The picturesque Queens Wharf was one of Australia’s most important inland wharves before the railway. Nova Cruises offers a delightful day cruise on selected dates throughout the year.
Relax at the beautifully restored tearoom at Campbell’s Store. The Morpeth Museum is in the former courthouse, and is home to exhibitions on the river port’s history and other heritage. For more rarities and local treasures, browse the Morpeth Antique Centre and sip tea at The Servant’s Quarters Tearoom.
River dining and local brews
Begin your day with breakfast or lunch on the banks of the Hunter River at Savannah on Swan, in Morpeth’s Historic Bond Store. The Historic Arnott Bakehouse, founded in 1847, is now home to Morpeth Sourdough. Take a baking class with current owner and descendant Stephen Arnott.
At the Morpeth Wine Cellar and Moonshine Distillery you’ll taste a selection of local wines. Stop for a cool drink at the Commercial Hotel, home to the Morpeth Brewery and Beer Co., which produces distinctive and tasty hand-crafted beers.
Getting there and where to stay
Perfect for a midweek or weekend escape, getting to historic Morpeth in Australia’s oldest wine region is easy. It’s only two hours’ drive north of Sydney and 50 minutes west of Newcastle Airport. You can also take a river boat from Newcastle, NSW’s second-biggest city, to Morpeth.
Places to stay in Morpeth include gorgeous cottages, heritage homes and boutique hotels. Stay on the Hunter River with the village cafes, shops and galleries right on your doorstep. Check out the delicious events calendar for foodie festivals, markets and events, and plan ahead for a memorable getaway.