You can take the train from Sydney to Maitland, where you’ll find rural vistas and country hospitality alongside bustling shopping areas, including The Levee, a delightful mix of boutiques and cafes, restaurants and small bars. With 600 stalls to browse, the monthly Maitland Markets is brimming with fresh local produce, gourmet food and home-baked treats.
A great way to explore Maitland’s history is on the East Maitland Heritage Walk. Among the many fascinating buildings, you’ll see colonial philanthropist Caroline Chisholm’s cottage and Maitland Gaol, which opened in 1848 and closed 150 years later. Join a tour of the goal or visit for one of the events held inside the walls, such as the Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery has a superb collection of works by famous Australian artists, including Margaret Olley, Brett Whiteley, Fiona Hall and John Olsen. The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles and the National Trust-listed Grossman House offer wonderful experiences, too.
Accommodation options suit various budgets – you can even book a night in the gaol. A vibrant events calendar celebrates the region’s food, wine, music and diverse cultures. Talented local chefs create delights at the Maitland Taste Festival in autumn. In winter, the Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival will warm you up. In spring, celebrate at the Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival.
Maitland is great base for exploring Australia’s oldest wine region. You’ll find many tours in the region of the vineyards and cellar doors in Pokolbin, Lovedale, Rothbury and Broke. Just 12 minutes’ drive away is historic Morpeth, a colonial river port and an enchanting shopping destination.
- Browse the lively Maitland Markets
- Visit Maitland Regional Art Gallery
- Enjoy Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival
- Tour heritage-listed Maitland Gaol
- Fashion at the Museum of Clothing
Newcastle Airport is located 25km from Newcastle’s city centre. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rental, limousine, and door-to-door shuttle buses to make the short journey south into Newcastle. Public buses operate from Newcastle Airport to Newcastle train station approximately every hour (Monday to Friday). Public bus services are also available to Nelson Bay, Greenhills, and Raymond Terrace.
FLY INTO NEWCASTLE AIRPORT
Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.
Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Dubbo, Mudgee, Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.