Nestled in the lower Hunter just two hours north of Sydney, 40 minutes from Newcastle and 25 minutes from Wine Country, Maitland, Hunter Valley is a diverse location with a plethora of unique attractions, physical attributes, accommodation options, shopping and dining opportunities which will appeal to all looking for a special place in the Hunter.
A stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style, Maitland, Hunter Valley encapsulates the best of the past and the present. The street scapes of Maitland and surrounds are lined with historical buildings dating from the early 1800s, there are picturesque rural views from a multitude of vantage points and a relaxed environment to enjoy. In stark contrast Maitland is also host to an array of stylish boutiques, pampering service providers, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues.
There is something for everyone within Maitland, Hunter Valley. It is a destination where you may choose to rejuvenate and enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh locally grown produce, speciality wines and a walking tour of the heritage landscape. Whilst others may choose a faster pace taking an aerobatic or Tiger Moth joy flight, immersing themselves in the local nightlife, sampling a series of local restaurants and cocktails.
Here is just a small selection of the delights which Maitland, Hunter Valley has to offer:
A gorgeous little town, with the main street occupied by more than 40 specialty stores intermingled between cafés, restaurants, tea shops and local produce outlets.
Historic Maitland Gaol
Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998. The cell doors have now been swung open, with visitors invited to serve a small amount of time learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. Click here to visit the Maitland Gaol website.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
The Maitland Regional Art Gallery opened on 7 November 2003. It boasts a stunning main gallery with state of the art facilities enabling the Maitland community the enjoyment of touring exhibitions as well as its own very significant collection of contemporary Australian art. Click here to visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery website.
Walka Recreation & Wildlife Reserve
Walka Water Works, as well as being a popular picnic and recreation area in the Maitland district, is also steeped in history that gives it a special place in the Lower Hunter's heritage.
Hunter Vineyard Tours can be arranged by one of the local operators. A great way to enjoy the region and its offerings without the hassle of getting there yourself.
Take a step back and explore the heritage past of Maitland, East Maitland, Lorn or Morpeth. Pick up a brochure from Maitland Visitors Centre and get walking or click here to download the Heritage Walk brochures.
Saunter down the eastern end of High Street where you'll be delighted with an impressive collection of antique emporiums housing some real gems.
Click here for more information on the large range of activities and attractions available within Maitland, Hunter Valley.