Just a few kilometres from Maitland is the historic village of Morpeth. Classified by the National Trust, Morpeth was established in 1821 on the banks of the Hunter River. Morpeth was once a thriving river port for ships taking goods around Australia and the world.
Today visitors travel to Morpeth to experience the eclectic mix of retail offerings, relaxed dining options, exquisite accommodation and the gorgeous heritage perspective of Swan Street. Morpeth is truly a destination that every traveller should take a few hours to explore.
Meander along the stone paved pathway Morpeth and explore over 40 stores, cafés and galleries featuring everything from funky home wears to striking artworks, distinctive fashion and amazing jewellery designs. Morpeth is a destination you won't forget, and one that you are sure to revisit.
The river port township of Morpeth is steeped in history with European settlement dating from the early 1800s. Known also by its Aboriginal name 'Illalung,' Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821.
Under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary, 1833 saw the development of the public wharf for Morpeth. Queens Wharf as it was named was to become a heavily frequented river port. Influenced by its desirable location on the Hunter River and awareness of the areas immense potential, Morpeth quickly evolved from a rugged bush base into a frontier town.
During its time as a major industrial and agricultural hub Morpeth helped to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley. Whilst no longer famous for its primary industry, the Morpeth of today continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.
For further information on Morpeth and its settlement please consult our Morpeth Heritage Walk brochure which is available at various outlets throughout the township or Click Here to down-load a copy.
The Morpeth Court House Museum offers particularly extensive local information through a wide range of memorabilia as well as informative and interpretive texts and oral accounts.