Maitland is a city nestled in the Lower Hunter Valley of New South Wales situated on the Hunter River approximately 166 km’s from Sydney. The New England Highway runs straight through the centre of town.
Tourism is the current local industry although the towns’ industrial history started at the Walka Water Works. Originally built in 1887 this 19th century pumping station was built to supply water to Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region. It has now been restored and preserved and is currently open to the public reserve with picnic spots, bbq’s and a playground.
The other significant tourism site in Maitland is the Historic Maitland Gaol, a key anchor attraction of the Hunter. The gaol has a history spanning back 150 years when it housed some of the most notorious and hardened criminals. It closed in 1998 and has since become a museum where visitors have the opportunity of experiencing a self-guided tour, or for the brave, torchlight tours by night. The gaol is also burgeoning as a venue for special choice events.
Steeped in immense history the streetscapes of this little township, now a central business district, are lined with heritage buildings. The town hosts an array of stylish boutiques, unique guesthouses, eateries and entertainment venues and has a large main park, the “Maitland Park”.
Whether its taking a walk through the Maitland Regional Gallery, taking in a Heritage Antiques Trail, or exploring the pretty countryside surrounds and wine region it’s obvious that Maitland is a stunning blend of “funky heritage” and contemporary style.
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