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Only 2 hours from Sydney, 30 minutes from the port city of Newcastle and only 15 minutes from the Hunter wine country, Maitland lies in the heart of the Lower Hunter where the Hunter River and its tributaries join. It is a city rich in heritage, stately mansions, fine civic buildings and magnificent churches. In the mid to late 1800’s Maitland was a thriving centre to rival Sydney as the potential capital of New South Wales.

Maitland celebrates its past as one of Australia’s oldest areas, during Heritage Month each year. Many stately homes are open for inspection. There are events, exhibitions and concerts throughout the 4 weeks. There is also Steamfest, a train enthusiast’s delight. Steam trains converge on Maitland station offering loco journeys and the Great Train Race. There are miniature traction engine rides and all manner of train related activities and displays.

Throughout the year Maitland holds excellent drama and music concerts. There are also exhibitions at the Maitland City Art Gallery and other private galleries throughout the area. Grossman House is a National Trust gem, for a trip back to yesteryear. Maitland Markets, held on the first Sunday of the month are a popular event. There are modern shopping areas and malls for all your needs, with accessible parking facilities.

Accommodation ranges from motel, hotel, apartments and cottages to bed and breakfast facilities. A caravan park and camping amenities are also available. There are delightful recreational facilities including the historic Walka Water Works, set in parklands and bird sanctuary.

Maitland has a population of approximately 54,000. It has a small aircraft airport and enjoys excellent countrylink and citylink train and private coach services. The local newspaper, the Maitland Mercury, printed since 1843, is one of the oldest remaining Australian newspapers.

Activites and Experiences at Maitland

  • City Sightseeing
  • Cycling
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Sports Viewing
  • Walking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Accommodation
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Rural/Country
  • Cultural
  • Educational
  • Food and Wine
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Pub Stay
  • Relaxation
  • Sport
  • World Heritage
  • English
  • English

Nearest Airport: Rutherford

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