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Winter Weekend Road Trip to Hunter’s Maitland

June 18, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

Historic, foodie, cultural and picturesque, the Hunter Region’s vibrant destination encourages local travellers to “Make it Maitland” this winter. Appealing to families, young professionals and the 50+ alike, its open spaces and proximity to Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle offer a relaxing weekend escape.

Farm-stays offer peaceful and secluded accommodation options. Glamp in a luxury permanent tent and explore the surrounding bushland at Donnybrook Eco Retreat; stay in a modern barn conversion at Eelah, set on a seventy-acre cattle property; or experience a mud brick stay surrounded by permaculture gardens and wildlife at Shepherds Gully.

Support local and experience the region’s love and respect for the land. Purchase freshly picked produce and meet the growers at the Slow Food Earth Market or Phoenix Park Farm. Learn about sustainable farming practices or take the kids on a farm tour at The Purple Pear Farm.

A celebrated local food scene to rival the best of the Hunter includes recently opened Boydell’s Cellar Door & Restaurant. The beautiful handcrafted pastries at The Icky Sticky Patisserie are renowned local delights. Pick your brew, coffee or craft beer, and be spoilt for choice.

Maitland’s cultural community is particularly strong in preserving and exhibiting the rich culture of the region. Take in an exhibition at the award-winning Maitland Regional Art Gallery; explore the stylish entertainment, dining and retail precinct at The Levee; or sift through antique treasures at the Campbells Store.

A key attraction, Maitland Gaol housed some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals. It is considered the most intact country gaols in NSW, with many structures in original condition. Three self-guided audio tours can be downloaded on your own device, including a primary school aged tour leading children on an adventure through the gaol.

Take a short drive to Morpeth, pretty as a picture and brimming with history. As the Hunter Valley’s major port between the 1830s-60s, the town flourished. Discover its significant buildings, such as the Historic Arnott Bakehouse, cobbled streets and countryside views over the river.

Walk in the footsteps of early Australians with five downloadable Heritage Walks. Once the second biggest town in New South Wales, Maitland attracted many enterprising Australians who made their fortune. Locate the markers and read the intriguing stories and history of buildings dating back to the mid 1800s.

Famil opportunities are now available. Contact Angela Thompson at angela@seedpr.com.au or 0481 368 018 for further details.

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