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Lower Hunter See & Do

Maitland Gaol
A key attraction of the Lower Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia most notorious criminals, the gaol closed as a correctional facility in 1998.

The cell doors have now been swung open to the public, with visitors invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. Open 7-days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class guided tour.


Classified by the National Trust, Morpeth was established in 1821 on the banks of the Hunter River. Morpeth was once a thriving river port taking goods around Australia and the world.

Today visitors travel to Morpeth to explore over 40 stores, cafes and galleries, stay in exquisite accomodation and enjoy the gorgeous heritage perspective of Swan Street. Morpeth is a destination that all travellers should take some time out to explore.


Hunter Valley Zoo

Hunter Valley Zoo has acres of both Australian and exotic animals.

Feed the animals... hand feed kangaroos, wallabies, farmyard animals and some bird species as often as you like!

Daily shows allow you to pat a wombat, cuddle up to a koala, touch a reptile and watch the monkeys and other animals being fed.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
The gallery (MRAG) is located in High Street Maitland. It offers a myriad of activities and exhibitions for the whole family, including concerts and events, workshops, educational and school holiday activities, and much more.

There is a cafe located inside the gallery which is a favourite of many of the locals to cath up with friends or have a light lunch.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Featuring 30ha of landscaped theme gardens, the Botanic Collection displays the beauty and diversity of Australian natives and exotics in a natural bush setting.

The tranquility of the gardens is accessed via walking trails to provide the ultimate visitor experience.

Mortels Sheepskin Factory
Since 1958, the Mortel family have been making sheepskin products. You can now visit Mortels purpose built facility for a fully guided factory tour. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a fully operational manufacturing plant. Watch and learn how their famous UGG boots are made. The tour finishes in store where the very product you have watched being made can be purchased.