Central Maitland is the heart of the area, a thriving central business district offering guests to the region accommodation, entertainment and dining opportunities galore. Featuring an outdoor mall central Maitland presents a lovely leafy streetscape and a welcoming environment. A bustling business centre Maitland provides all of the services and facilities you need, parking stations, speciality boutiques and welcoming shopkeepers within an intriguing historical setting. Take a stroll along the newly developed river walk precinct to take in the view of the Hunter River, dine on the river bank at one of Maitland’s cafes or select one of the exquisitely renovated pubs. Maitland also offers visitors the opportunity to experience its cultural precincts with a series of antique shops and hand-crafted wares available for purchase. Visit the Maitland Regional Art Gallery or National Trust Property Grossmann House for a taste of Maitland’s cultural offerings.
The area known as West Maitland (now known as Maitland) was settled by farmers in the early 1800’s. In 1829 the population of Maitland was about 150 (now approaching 60,000) however by 1835 the township had developed to such an extent that it was officially recognised and proclaimed. An article from the Newcastle Morning Herald dated 17th August 1935 describes the notoriety of Maitland and its development;
“Days vibrant with strange voices of the past. This is Maitland’s centenary year. Today is the centenary of the first Circuit Court held in the new town of Maitland and the occasion warrants a review of some of the vivid pages in the history of one of the most important centres in New South Wales”.