Photo: The historical Kurri Kurri Hotel in Maitland
Situated on the Hunter River, Maitland, a historical town has numerous buildings dating back to the 19th Century, as well as the notorious Maitland Gaol. Is it haunted by tortured souls in the night? Take a torchlight tour and find out for yourself.
Those wishing to experience many of the other buildings and sights should take one or more of the marked heritage trails in and around town. With historic buildings dating back to the early 19th Century, it makes for a pleasant walk.
Housed in the old Maitland Technical College, a Federation Gothic building, there are ongoing and changing cultural and arts exhibits.
Open: 10am to 5pm Tue to Sun.
Phone: +61 2 4934 9859
230 High St.
The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles is dedicated to textiles, clothing and accessories, things we pay attention to every day.
Open: 10am to 3pm Thu and Sat, 10am to 2pm Fri.
Phone: +61 0403652550
John St., East Maitland
The jail has a long history of housing some of Australia’s most violent criminals. A number of those convicted of the most serious crimes were executed here. Now a NSW Heritage site, there are themed tours available. You can even try a group sleepover, if you dare.
Phone: +61 2 4936 6482
6-18 John Street, East Maitland
Nearby national parks to explore include Yengo National Park, Barrington NP and Wollemi NP.
NSW National Parks: NSW National Parks.
The nearby wineries are worth visiting, many have wine cellar doors, where you can purchase select wines. Some of these are only available here and nowhere else.
North over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, take the F3 Freeway to the Sydney - Newcastle Highway. At the end, take the the New England Freeway. NSW Trains are available from Sydney Central, Strathfield and Hornsby via Countrylink (Phone 13 22 32).
The Visitor Information Centre in Maitland is a useful repository of tourist information when your there. Find out more, call 1300 132 975. You can find them in town, Cnr. of the New England Highway and Les Darcy Drive.
Museums in NSW: NSW Museums.
Art Galleries: NSW Art Galleries.
NSW Attractions: NSW Attractions.
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