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Situated on a flood plain beside the Hunter River inland from Newcastle, Maitland has a long history dating back to its days as the major town of the Hunter Valley. It originally grew as two separate towns - West Maitland and East Maitland, with the west eventually developing as the city's commercial centre and the east as an administration centre with many public buildings.

Maitland offers a number of local attractions including a gallery, museum, the old Maitland Gaol and other historic buildings. It is also a central base for exploring the wineries of the Hunter Valley.


Maitland Gaol
Now open to the public, this former correctional facility housed some of Australia's most notorious criminals over a 150 year period

Art & culture:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Housed in a Federation Gothic building built in 1910, the gallery showcases touring exhibitions and its town significant collection of contemporary Australian art

Shopping & markets:

Maitland Markets
Australia's biggest country market has over 600 stalls with home made, home grown and home baked goods, art, craft, musicians and gourmet food

Regional touring guides:

Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism
The official site of the Hunter Valley, Australia's oldest wine region, with comprehensive information for visitors

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